Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal
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Current issue: Urban Livelihoods

The network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) guest edited this issue, drawing on its experience of working since 1997 to improve the situation of the working poor in the informal economy. The themed papers in this issue therefore focus on informal employment in particular sectors and contexts, providing both comprehensive surveys of the related literature and grounded accounts of the working lives of specific groups. The occupational groups span street vendors, waste pickers, fisherwomen, and home-based workers.

Geographically, the papers examine India (Ahmedabad and Udupi), South Africa (Durban), Tanzania (Arusha) and Peru (Lima). And in terms of theme, the papers explore the ways gender, youth, class and caste intersect with employment that is often precarious or under-valued, as well as the resourceful solutions that the urban informal workforce is drawing upon to improve health, safety, and earnings. All this leads to concrete policy suggestions for ways to strengthen urban livelihoods. A strong gendered component runs through the papers on urban livelihoods, as WIEGO particularly works to mobilize female workers.

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Book notes

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. Incorporating themes of inclusion and urban climate justice, this book emphasizes the linkages between development and adaptation in cities of low- and middle-income countries. It draws on the experiences of South and Southeast Asian cities to adapt to climate change and overcome barriers to building urban resilience.

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). Against a backdrop of growing urbanization, urban poverty, and climate-related hazards and risks, Investing in Urban Resilience highlights the gravity of failing to invest in resilience for both economic growth and poverty reduction.

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