Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Rethinking the roles of the state and communities in urban housing and land-use management

This is the first of two special issues dedicated to urban housing and land-use management. Many of the papers are concerned with informal housing, including incrementally constructed homes, upgrading of informal settlements, informal land investments, and unconventional sources of housing finance. The papers also explore competing interests in land, including local governments, national governments, social movements, real estate investors and owners, property developers, and local residents. The housing and land papers span cities in South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Namibia.

The Climate Change in Cities paper explores resilience to climate hazards in smaller cities of the Amazon. The feedback papers are varied, analysing the most common risks in Ibadan, Nigeria; hospital records for understanding environmental health in Karonga, Malawi; water security in three cities of the Americas; and understanding and assessing urban extreme poverty.

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Book notes

While physical battles have conventionally been waged in large open spaces, today’s wars are neither conventional nor neatly geographically demarcated. As the case studies in Cities at War express, cities are increasingly important staging grounds for ethnic conflict, everyday insecurity, and the ideologically framed violence carried out by governments and non-state actors alike.

Broken Cities talks to housing need in the global North and South. While not intended to be published to coincide with COVID-19, the pandemic highlights the significance of housing quality for wellbeing. This is a scholarly text, in terms of the depth of referencing and data analysis. But it is also a publication written for an interested non-expert audience, with multiple examples to illustrate the key points of the argument. Insights, particularly from southern Africa and the UK, are used to craft a narrative that describes and analyses the housing crisis.

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