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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2014

In this edited volume, Dominique Lorrain invites authors to explore infrastructure-related challenges of governing Shanghai, Mumbai, Cape Town and Santiago de Chile through looking at the profound changes that have occurred in their institutional structures since the late 20th century.

2014

This reports on conditions in 60 informal settlements in and around Harare, with details for each of their locations (so many of them far away from the city centre), origin (many formed by those evicted from other sites had large increases in their population from evictees), population, land area

2013

Descubriendo Uganda (Exploring Uganda) is a reflection from the Argentinian author Sonia Roitman on her experience working with an NGO in Kampala.

2014

Based on seven case studies, Building Together gives a personal reflection of successes and struggles of advocacy, architecture and planning, and citizen engagement projects in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

2014

The ecological feminists Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva have published a second edition of their widely known book after 20 years, once again fighting passive consumerism and social decay with a straightforward and radical analysis of patriarchal structures that reflects and re-envisions their mode

2013

This book draws attention to the increasing social polarization and spatial divisions of cities, the refashioning of certain urban areas, and the complicated politics from local to global level that arise from and feed into urban changes and transformations.

2013

Based on a PhD thesis, this book provides readers with a nuanced account of the spatiality of livelihoods and the continuous negotiations that enable urban dwellers to access and use scarce and contested public spaces in the city of Dhaka.

2014

This book sets out to investigate why concessional contracts in Argentina’s water and sanitation sector perform differently in terms of their long-term viability, specifically considering the changing institutional environments before and after the economic crisis in 2001.

2014

Documenting the process of applying a systems approach to participatory vulnerability assessment, this M-BRACE report provides an overview of the complex challenges Asian cities face regarding urbanization and climate change.

2014

This is a “twelve years after” study of population and health dynamics in Nairobi’s informal settlements.

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