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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2018

Pathways to Well-Being in Design attempts to illuminate how different disciplines approach the shared goal of supporting human well-being.

2019

The number of refugees living in towns and cities has greatly increased since the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released its urban refugee policy in 2009.

2018

Renew Orleans interrogates the political economy of urban development in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

2019

Uganda has a progressive national refugee policy that grants freedom of movement, the right to work and rights to basic services, enabling refugees to pursue livelihoods in cities and beyond traditional camps.

2019

The City as a Global Political Actor develops a nuanced and contextualized understanding of global urban political agency and its contribution to answering the question of how cities (can) act politically on the global scale.

2018

This handbook is premised on the understanding that urbanization, the built environment, and spatial inequity affect children in important ways.

2019

Climate Change Governance and Adaptation explores the dynamic interactions between governance and climate change. The focus is broadened beyond the state to the various actors – the state, markets, civil society and communities – involved in responses to climate change through eight Sout

2018

With its discussion of Armington elasticities and Poisson distributions, this book is primarily targeted at economists studying high-income countries (particularly in Scandinavia and East Asia).

2019

The New Arab Urban tackles the rapid and ambitious urbanization projects underway in certain cities of the Persian Gulf, particularly Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The editors see these cities as challenging conventional models of development trajectories.

2018

This book begins with a funeral. In the Durban settlement of Kennedy Road, Zithulele Dhlomo, a 27-year-old scrap metal collector, died in the two-room shack he inhabited with four other families. A candle set the plastic sheet walls on fire, and Dhlomo burned to death.

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