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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A thought-provoking book, The Future of Development builds upon the recognition that “development” is a political concept.


The Informal American City is a response to both increasing informal urbanism in the United States and the simplistic notion that informality is only a negative or marginal aspect of urbanization, to be discouraged or ignored.


Land Access and Resettlement: A Guide to Best Practice seeks to limit the negative impacts of natural resource exploitation and infrastructure projects, such as mining operations and dams, on local communities.


This handbook brings together academics, practitioners and policymakers to explore a wide range of issues in gender and development.


This paper examines the economic losses caused by urban flooding. It begins by identifying components of economic losses (i.e. direct costs and indirect costs) at different stages of the flood (i.e.


This paper guides those who are interested in the current and potential health impact of climate change on urban populations in low- and middle-income countries.


The impacts of climate change in cities are already being felt as loss and damage.


This paper discusses what creates or enhances a successful working relationship between community organizations and local governments in upgrading and housing improvement programmes, and its influence on the quality of the interventions.


Indian cities are exposed to a new pattern of climate-related disaster risks. Floods in Srinagar in September 2014, triggered by extreme rainfall, were the deadliest to hit the valley in the last 60 years.


The impacts of global climate change can be felt by local communities during both short-term events such as intense storms and long-term changes such as rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.