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Environment and sustainability

A key, and growing subject area for us, our environment and sustainability books cover a broad spectrum of issues with a focus on our core areas – the policy and social justice dimensions of environmental sustainability. They address issues including the links between climate change and poverty, the importance of developing sustainable economies and the burgeoning concepts of environmental harm and sustainable (urban) development.

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Food sharing cities

The practice and potential of 21st century urban food sharing

The Economics of Arrival

Ideas for a grown-up economy

The richest countries already have plenty of wealth and resources – they have ‘arrived’. But they could make it impossible for people elsewhere to escape poverty. Trebeck and Williams describe a move from expansion to inclusion. Using global examples, they argue for an economy that delivers quality rather than quantity: an economy for everyone.

What’s wrong with work?

What’s wrong with work shows that how workers are treated has wide implications beyond the lives of workers themselves.

Recognising gender, race, class and global differences, the book considers the ways formal work is often dependent on informal work and concludes by considering what might make work better.

Climate change criminology

Leading green criminologist Rob White asks what can be learned from the problem-solving focus of crime prevention to help face the challenges of climate change. Part of the New Horizons in Criminology series.

A handbook of food crime

Immoral and illegal practices in the food industry and what to do about them

Gray and Hinch explore the phenomenon of food crime. Through discussions of food safety, food fraud, food insecurity, agricultural labour, livestock welfare, genetically modified foods, food sustainability, food waste, food policy, and food democracy, they problematize current food systems and criticize their underlying ideologies.

Environment in the lives of children and families

Perspectives from India and the UK

Based on involved creative, qualitative work with families in India and the UK who live in different contexts, this book illuminates how environmental practices are negotiated within families, and how they relate to values, identities, and society.

Did the Millennium Development Goals work?

Meeting future challenges with past lessons

Leading scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and regions use area-specific case studies to critically assess the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) project and its impact.

Mapping environmental sustainability

Reflecting on systemic practices for participatory research

Edited by Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane

Mapping environmental sustainability explains the development of visual mapping techniques with practical case studies that describe their application in environmental sustainability projects, from working with farmers and their networks to using visual mapping with indigenous communities and managing coastal environments.

Towards just and sustainable economies

The social and solidarity economy North and South

Academics from a range of disciplines and from a number of European and Latin American countries come together to question what it means to have a ‘sustainable society’ and to ask what role alternative social and solidarity economies can play.

Infrastructure in Africa

Lessons for future development

This book presents a comprehensive exploration of the state of infrastructure in Africa and provides an integrated analysis of the challenges the sector faces, based on extensive fieldwork across the continent, providing an important resource for researchers, students, policymakers and NGOs.

Rethinking sustainable cities

Accessible, green and fair

Edited by David Simon

Makes a significant contribution to the sustainable urbanisation agenda through authoritative interventions contextualising, assessing and explaining the relevance and importance of three central characteristics of sustainable towns and cities everywhere; that they be accessible, green and fair.

Urban environments in Africa

A critical analysis of environmental politics

Explores the impact of Africa’s rapidly growing urban population on local resources and the environment, acknowledging the clash between Western focus on sustainable development and the lived realities of residents of often poor, informal settlements.