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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While much of the focus of the last 18 months has been on how health crises – and particularly pandemics – impact on urban areas, the significance of politics should not be forgotten.


Rethinking Urban Risk and Resettlement in the Global South draws on empirical findings based on the collaborative research project Reducing Relocation Risk in Urban Areas.


In her  own words, Form and Flow by Kian Goh stems from her love affair with “the continually revealing ecologies and politics of the Southeast Cities [she] grew up in and the turn-of-the-millennium Brooklyn [she] called home” (page ix).


Climate Change in the Global Workplace calls for joint attention to labour precarity and environmental precarity – specifically recognizing how capitalism, colonialism and inequality


Cities without Capitalism covers varied cases, from tent cities to ecovillages.


Greening Cities through Participatory Budgeting, by Yves Cabannes, is both a practical guide and a heartfelt encouragement to implement or consolidate green participatory budgeting (PB) in cities, distric


Mobility is often discussed mainly as movement that involves a change of residence, either permanent or temporary.


Homelessness and the Built Environment focuses on middle- and high-income countries, including tips for the supportive design of night shelters, day centres and transitional housing f


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