Environment & Urbanization

World leading environmental and urban studies journal

Book notes

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.

Alongside the slow food, slow fashion and slow travel movements is slow urbanism, as promoted in this book. Mega-Urbanization in the Global South tells cautionary tales about cities or city districts that have grown more quickly than their environments or population dynamics allowed.

This working paper analyses livelihood transformations and rural-city connections in sub-Saharan Africa to identify some key policy areas for rural development. The empirical analysis builds upon qualitative fieldwork conducted in Cameroon, Ghana and Tanzania in eight different research sites.

The first page of Slum Health provides a kind of mission statement from the authors: “we aimed for Slum Health to be responsive to and offer a practical guide for all those interested in improving the lives of the urban poor around the world”.

AIDS and Masculinitiy in the African City draws on several periods of fieldwork in Bwaise, an informal settlement in Kampala, Uganda. Wyrod writes that in Bwaise, AIDS is a common presence, and has been reshaping gender relations over decades (albeit in limited ways).

This paper aims to inform future policy by providing a critical analysis of grassroots finance models.