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

(For a searchable database of papers in Environment and Urbanization, go to http://eau.sagepub.com/)

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Climate change presents multiple challenges for local governments in developing countries.


The impacts of climate change in India are predicted to increase migration from rural villages and hazard-pr


In recent years there has been a number of climate change vulnerability assessments (CCVAs) conducted in cit


Transport-related problems in Karachi, Pakistan have increased considerably in recent decades.


Responsible Living is concerned with how individuals can guide the transition toward sustainable development. Education is seen as essential to this. Therefore this book’s chapters cover broad topics, in a wide range of countries, related to education for sustainability.


In this updated version, David Hulme uses methods and concepts from economics, politics, sociology and geography to further elaborate on major debates on the political economy surrounding global poverty eradication and sustainable development agendas.


As a brief overview, Child Street Life is most useful for readers new to the topic, or those particularly interested in Peru.


This edited volume shares a collectively told story, written in recent years, of the social function of property and ownership. It aims to support struggles for rights to land, to the city and to housing in light of a global tenure insecurity crisis.


Ra Pronh escaped the Cambodian genocide in 1979, lived in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines for six years, and moved to the New York neighbourhood of the Bronx with a refugee resettlement programme.


Based on extended case study research in Latin America, this edited volume examines the interactions between local and international politics in contests over natural resources required for the production and consumption of energy.