Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Engaging our readers in preparing book notes

Our Book Notes section has short descriptions of books, papers and reports that we have prepared on all subjects relevant to urban issues. These are summaries rather than reviews. These go into the Book Notes online database that contains all Book Notes since our 1993 editions. It has facilities for searching by author, title, key word, city or country.

As an experiment, we are opening this to our readers so it can draw on a wider pool of knowledge. So we invite you to send us short summaries of new publications you have read that you found interesting – and relevant to urban issues. Authors may submit summaries too, but not promotional material. We welcome your submission on relevant publications published within the last two years. This includes English-language Book Notes and English summaries of publications in Spanish, French or Portuguese. You will be listed as the author of the summary.

If you would like to submit a Book Note, please search the database on this page to ensure that the publication has not already been covered. Please specify the title, author, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, and ISBN (if applicable). For the description, between one and six paragraphs is sufficient. Book Notes can be sent to christine.ro@iied.org

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2018

The introduction clearly sets out the purpose of this book: “Drawing upon a wide range of case studies from Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan, Africa, and Asia, the contributions in this volume provide detailed accounts of how the practices of street naming have been instrumental to the resh

2018

The university professors who authored Urban Analytics have aimed it at undergraduate and graduate students, and designed it for a semester-long course, in conjunction with the supporting website.

2018

Linking humanitarian response and development is a key agenda driven by multiple factors across both humanitarian and development landscapes. It is also a topical issue in Fiji, a South Pacific island nation which is exposed to natural hazards, particularly tropical cyclones.

2017

Little Mogadishu is a historical and ethnographic work about the Eastleigh estate in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya. Thousands of Somali refugees have coalesced after being displaced by the war and have formed a thriving economy comprising shopping malls and hotels.

2018

In Syria, seven years of conflict have been catastrophic. Thousands of qualified doctors and health workers have left since 2011. In neighbouring countries, informal employment among displaced Syrian health workers is broadly acknowledged.

2018

This book draws on the author’s 40 years of research, consultancy and teaching on how best to tackle housing problems in the global South.

2018

Small Is Necessary is a book-length argument for the premise, related to modern housing, “that coupling shared with small makes greatest social and ecological sense” (page 14).

2017

Since 2010, the civil war in Syria has created one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises. This paper aims to present possible entry points for links between humanitarian and development efforts in Aleppo, especially in the urban context.

2018

Urban Mobilities in the Global South is an edited volume that presents case studies and empirical examples of transport planning and practice in the global South.

2017

This working paper documents research carried out on the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in urban communities in Somalia, providing an evidence base for improved humanitarian protection.

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