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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THIS GENERAL GUIDE, produced by a Health Services Department in the San Francisco Bay area of California, is intended as an aid for collaborative groups seeking to influence outcomes, goals or specific problems in communities everywhere.


THIS BOOK IS the outcome of a seminar organized jointly by the municipality of Cali, Colombia, and Programa de Gestión Urbana in Cali at the end of 1993. It is divided into five sections, with 17 chapters including two essays by the mayors of Cali and the city of Córdoba, Argentina.


DESPITE SUSTAINED IMPROVEMENTS in its social and economic indicators over several decades, Colombia remains plagued by violence.


THE EDITORS OF this new volume in Blackwell’s series on ‘Studies in Urban and Social Change’ do not hold globalisation in awe, but they do take it seriously. Is globalisation imposing a new spatial order on cities? No, but it does tend to reinforce certain spatially structured inequalities.


THIS COMPILATION EXPLORES the conflicting challenges of rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income nations.


THIS BOOK REVIEWS the scale and nature of urban change around the world, and it includes chapters on urban change in different regions (including Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa) and of particular nations and cities (including the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Delhi in India).


THIS IS THE latest version of World Urbanization Prospects, which the United Nations Population Division brings out every two years.


Although India is still one of the least urbanised countries, it currently has the second largest urban population in the world.


To adapt to urban conditions and establish a decent and sustainable life, women and men in the recently urbanized areas of Southern Africa develop, negotiate and renegotiate new relationships and spaces between genders and generations at household and community levels.


In this analysis of migration, urbanization and globalization in Asia, detailed research findings are combined with discussions of the cities’ ongoing political and socio-cultural transformations.