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

Caught between Spaces, a Lund University doctoral dissertation, seeks to understand the vulnerability and wellbeing of low-income peri-urban populations in the two Colombian cities of Soacha and Bogotá.

2017

In India, a new funding mechanism has transformed shelter options for low-income households and supported community-led development.

2016

Edited by Diane Archer, Sarah Colenbrander and David Dodman, Responding to Climate Change in Asian Cities illustrates the overarching importance of urban adaptive governance for building climate resilience and thus sustainable development.

2016

Investing in Urban Resilience, by Santos and Leitmann, is a flagship report that succinctly “explores the rationale for increasing investment in the resilience of cities and their citizens to natural disasters and climate change” (page 12).

2016

Since the 1980s, Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI) has worked to place the urban poor at the heart of the politics and economics that make modern cities unequal and exclusionary.

2016

A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park is co-authored by the head of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (formerly the Brooklyn Bridge Park Coalition) and a freelance journalist.

2016

Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures is a visionary book, which documents past and current experiences of participatory placemaking in order to demonstrate future possibilities.

2017

Written in collaboration among Li Zhang and Min Zhao (two Chinese academics) and Richard LeGates (a US academic), Understanding China’s Urbanization brings Chinese research and insight to a Western audience and makes valuable connections and comparisons.

2016

Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South explores the gendered nature of seven broad topics: land/housing, services, health, violence, mobility, productivity, and politics/governance.

2017

In many ways this is a book about relationships – for instance, between Mumbai’s urban poor and local government, between recent migrants and longer-term slum residents, and between property developers and politicians.

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