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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2016

This book’s title is deliberately provocative. The author, a journalist and University of New Mexico faculty member who has covered water issues for decades, sets out to disprove the idea that in the Colorado River Basin of the western US, “water is for fighting over”.

2017

This document is part of the “Better Evidence in Action” toolkit.

2017

Urban warfare in Syria has had a devastating impact on besieged civilians targeted by deliberate aerial bombing and human rights abuses.

2017

This working paper provides suggestions for inclusive delivery of financial services through mobiles (or m-finance). M-finance rollout and research in the global South have generally not targeted people on the lowest incomes, and this paper attempts to address that gap.

2017

The multiple and complex interconnections between rural and urban spaces, people and enterprises, and how these affect poverty and food insecurity, are all too often overlooked. Small towns are an important but often neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems.

2017

Alongside the slow food, slow fashion and slow travel movements is slow urbanism, as promoted in this book. Mega-Urbanization in the Global South tells cautionary tales about cities or city districts that have grown more quickly than their environments or population dynamics allowed.

2017

This working paper analyses livelihood transformations and rural-city connections in sub-Saharan Africa to identify some key policy areas for rural development. The empirical analysis builds upon qualitative fieldwork conducted in Cameroon, Ghana and Tanzania in eight different research sites.

2016

The first page of Slum Health provides a kind of mission statement from the authors: “we aimed for Slum Health to be responsive to and offer a practical guide for all those interested in improving the lives of the urban poor around the world”.

2016

AIDS and Masculinitiy in the African City draws on several periods of fieldwork in Bwaise, an informal settlement in Kampala, Uganda. Wyrod writes that in Bwaise, AIDS is a common presence, and has been reshaping gender relations over decades (albeit in limited ways).

2017

This paper aims to inform future policy by providing a critical analysis of grassroots finance models.

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