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 Jenny.Peebles@iied.org

(For a searchable database of papers in Environment and Urbanization, go to http://eau.sagepub.com/)

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Children and young people make up 30–40 per cent of most urban populations in the global South.


Early-career researchers authored the chapters in Overlooked Cities, which builds on decades of research on urban centres that have variously been labelled ‘small’, ‘intermediate’, ‘s


This guidebook is mainly intended for local government authorities.


A significant percentage of internally displaced persons (IDPs) who seek safety in towns and cities will not return home.


The Freeways without Futures series documents the harms of American freeways, along with the projects seeking to transform them into more liveable places.


This evidence into action brief summarizes the state of research on the topic of urban air pollution in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and its impacts on children.


Aditya V Bahadur and Thomas Tanner consider many current practices for managing climate risks to be insufficiently ambitious and even irrelevant, in li


This evidence into action brief summarizes the state of research on the topic of urban children and COVID-19, and proposes ideas for action.


The problems faced by the residents of India’s informal settlements are widely discussed.