Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

Asian cities are on the frontline of climate change. A third of all low-elevation coastal zones in the world are located in Asia, where two-thirds of the world’s urban population reside.

Common Space: The City as Commons is the first of its kind, providing a theoretical approach to problematizing space in the city as commons and not only as a state-managed space or commodity.

At first glance, Joel Kotkin’s The Human City may appear anti-urban, with its advocacy against urban densification policies. But it is Kotkin’s prioritization of the future of cities that drives this book.

Paradoxes of Green is an unusual kind of scholarly book.

In India, peri-urban areas are too often neglected. They are fraught with institutional ambiguity, unplanned growth, poor infrastructure and environmental degradation. Many peri-urban inhabitants live in poverty and face increasing marginalization and food insecurity.

This book’s title is deliberately provocative. The author, a journalist and University of New Mexico faculty member who has covered water issues for decades, sets out to disprove the idea that in the Colorado River Basin of the western US, “water is for fighting over”.

This document is part of the “Better Evidence in Action” toolkit.

Urban warfare in Syria has had a devastating impact on besieged civilians targeted by deliberate aerial bombing and human rights abuses.

This working paper provides suggestions for inclusive delivery of financial services through mobiles (or m-finance). M-finance rollout and research in the global South have generally not targeted people on the lowest incomes, and this paper attempts to address that gap.

The multiple and complex interconnections between rural and urban spaces, people and enterprises, and how these affect poverty and food insecurity, are all too often overlooked. Small towns are an important but often neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems.

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