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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2014

This PhD thesis presents a large body of knowledge that guides academics and practitioners in the fields of transitions, adaptive co-management and flood risk management regarding approaches to Integrated Flood Risk Management (IFRM).

2014

The author seeks to make sense of contemporary global urbanization.  He argues against a narrow focus on local contexts and characters of cities, which obscures the economic complementarities increasingly connecting cities across the world.

2013

This book offers insights into the life and struggles of those living in Greater Noida ‒ once a rural area close to Delhi and now a rapidly growing satellite town ‒ written from the perspective of a resident journalist.

2014

This paper describes how participatory budgeting was introduced to Yaoundé (Cameroon).

2014

While the economic development of the BRICS (Brazil, Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) has already been widely discussed, this book examines its specific urban aspects and compares policies and impacts of urbanization and urban growth and different development trajectories among

2014

This book shows the complexity of economic, social and spatial change that is part of Africa’s urbanization. Each of the 14 chapters presents one of the critical academic and policy areas that concern specifically African aspects of urban revolution.

2014

There is an emerging consensus that urbanisation is critically important to international development, but considerable confusion over what urbanisation actually is; whether it is accelerating or slowing; whether it should be encouraged or discouraged; and, more generally, what the responses shou

2014

This paper describes the role of federations and networks of slum/shack dwellers in developing effective responses to their needs through partnerships with local governments. It has a particular interest in the role of Community-Based Engagement and Monitoring in this.

2014

Following  Rio+20 (the UN Conference on Sustainable Development) and the call for climate and disaster risk reduction as priority areas for sustainable development, this book presents a timely re-evaluation of current urban planning strategies.

2012

This book reviews contemporary urban dynamics in Latin America and considers the common features of cities in the region, such as high socioeconomic inequalities and tensions between seemingly dichotomous features (e.g.

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