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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This book places a big question mark against the sustainability of sustainable development policies and their role and contribution to sustaining the places, environments and people in London.


Winners of a UK sustainable development award scheme describe their hands-on approaches to sustainable development in diverse fields such as travel and transport, buildings, food and entrepreneurship.


This edited volume by authors from multiple disciplines promotes the nexus approach as a policy-relevant means of environmental management by focusing on integrated management of water, soil and waste resources.


This book highlights not only the challenges of integrating a fuzzy and highly contested concept like sustainable development into higher education, but also the many creative and innovative entry points that students, researchers and university staff find to collaboratively address it.


This is an unusual book for the development field: part memoir, part manual on participatory research, and part overview of development studies.


Addressed mainly to staff directly working with low-income communities, such as health workers and community volunteers, this guide compiles examples of low-cost technologies to improve accessibility to water and sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Metropolitan areas in the United States are able to generate innovations and be engines of economic prosperity and social transformation.


As the process of urbanization across Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Central Asia unfolds, violence and the fear of violence are gaining currency as one of the major threats of urban life and quality of life.


This book is a detailed account of how an affordable, low-impact cohousing scheme was conceived, negotiated, designed, financed and built in Leeds (in the UK).


Managing Systems of Secondary Cities is a path-breaking and original report on the relevant role secondary cities – particularly those in low- and middle-income countries – have and will have as the world completes its urban transition.