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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2015

Climate change can affect coastal areas in a variety of ways including sea-level rise and associated events such as shoreline erosion, coastal flooding and water pollution.

2015

More than half the world’s population live in urban areas. Growing numbers of people in rural areas buy more food than they sell. Current food security narratives are outdated: urban dwellers are not all “over consumers” and rural communities are not exclusively food producers.

2015

On the coast of Java, Semarang City faces a multitude of climate-related problems including sea-level rise, flash and tidal floods, subsidence and coastal erosion. Drawing on four case-study villages, this paper explores how households are coping with the impacts of climate change.

2015

Rural–urban migration continues to attract much interest, but also growing concern. Migrants are often blamed for increasing urban poverty, but not all migrants are poor.

2014

Food City builds on several years of research on the intersection of food with urban planning and policy.

2014

The author incorporates the intrinsic value of nature and a concern for future generations and non-human beings into a socio-ecological understanding of poverty.

2014

This working paper brings together discussions of the green economy and climate change resilience, using the urban informal economy to anchor these concepts.

2015

Urban experiments addressing climate change open up a platform for cities, where government organizations, civic society and private actors can explore, learn and challenge their approaches to climate governance beyond institutional limits.

2014

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.

2015

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.

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