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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Forming part of the  “Another city is possible” series written in anticipation of the Habitat III conference in Quito in 2016, this collection of 23 case files on participatory budgeting (PB) challenges dominant conceptions of urban futures for cities in a way that goes beyond anecdotal experimen


This bilingual book offers a view into the current state of Austrian landscape architecture as illustrated by the Nextland collection.


This guide manages to concisely describe urban policies dealt with by government and non-governmental actors. These shape and are shaped by numerous social, economic, political and ecological challenges that are particular to urban living.


This report is based on summaries and background papers of a meeting held in Bellagio, Italy in October 2014.


This book describes the formal planning policy processes in the Chinese context. It illustrates them in reference to key statutory and non-statutory plans and instruments such as the City Comprehensive Plan, as well as with a few case studies like the Xiamen Urban Development Strategic Plan.


Building the Inclusive City shows the socially exclusionary nature of much urban development.


This paper examines the adaptation strategies of migrant workers to diverse livelihood risks and uncertainties in Indian cities.


This working paper was in press when a devastating earthquake struck Kathmandu on the 26th of April 2015, and then a second struck on the 12th of May. The current priority is recovery.


Food security is rarely prioritized in African cities, and food vendors are similarly ignored or stigmatised, despite providing a range of affordable, accessible meals. Furthermore, past research and urban policies usually overlook food hawkers selling inside informal settlements.


In recent years there has been increasing interest in area-based approaches among humanitarian actors responding to urban crises.