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Environment and Urbanization

IIED, New York, USA
IIED, London, UK
Managing Editor:
IIED, London, UK
2013 Impact Factor: 1.614
2013 Ranking: 7/38 in Urban Studies | 34/98 in Environmental Studies
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

This twice-yearly journal focuses on urban and environmental issues and their interconnections, with a particular emphasis on Africa, Asia and Latin America (where most of world's urban population now lives). Founded in 1989 by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), from 2006, it has been published by Sage, in association with IIED.

Each issue of the journal focuses on a particular theme and includes between 7 and 12 papers on that theme, papers responding to the themes of previous issues and, since 2007, papers on climate change and cities. Each issue also has an editorial and a Book Notes section with details of new publications. Examples of themes include: city governance and citizen action; ecological urbanization; resilient cities; community-driven mapping and enumerations; globalization and cities; chronic poverty; meeting the Millennium Development Goals in urban areas; participatory governance; violence and security; water and sanitation; sustainable cities; and rural-urban linkages. Some issues of the journal include profiles of innovative organizations and papers on participatory tools and methods. Each issue has between 250 and 380 pages.

Discounted rates are available for charities and individuals, institutions and students in middle and low- income countries. This includes all nations in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Please contact +44 (0) 20 7324 8701 for more information.

For a list of the themes of recent and forthcoming issues, see

The full text of all papers published the journal (starting with Vol 1 No 1 in April 1989) are available at;there is also a comprehensive search facility here that allows searches by (for instance) author, nation, city and subject.

Environment and Urbanization Briefs: Five-page summaries of each issue of the journal are available in print and electronically; these are primarily for the staff of government departments, city authorities and development assistance agencies. These can be accessed at no charge at:

Read what others have to say about Environment and Urbanization

"The only journal that I don't push to the side of my desk when it arrives. I eagerly check its contents and before I know it the journal is on the desk of a colleague or postgrad. It is uncannily relevant. Probably because it is rooted in the real policy debates of our day. And because it takes cities seriously." - Peter Newman, Professor of City Policy, Murdoch University, and Director of Sustainability Policy Unit, Western Australian Government

What I especially appreciate about this journal is that (a) it contains many pieces from our colleagues in Asia, Africa and Latin America; and (b) that it taps NGO work, academic work, agency work -- in short the very wide range of sources that we need, in order to understand the extremely diverse and changing nature of this very important subject." - Richard Stren, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

"An essential resource for anyone interested in reducing urban poverty and improving urban livelihoods. It provides a unique international meeting place for the sharing of experiences, resources, and research-based information. It bridges the gap between research and practice in ways that no other publication does." - James Garrett, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

"By far the best, most accessible journal for policy and applied research on the 'brown agenda' of the environment of cities." - Mike Douglass, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Hawaii

"In this journal, more than any other, urban theory and research gets to meet urban policy and practice - and the party is very lively! Its particularly strong in its analysis of governance and civic participation at the community level." - Roger Hart, Children's Environments Research Group, New York

SAGE also publishes a sister journal to Environment and Urbanization - Environment and Urbanization ASIA, in association with the National Institute of Urban Affairs – see

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Frequency: Bi-annually eISSN: 1746-0301 ISSN: 0956-2478
Months of Distribution: April , October Current Volume: 26 Current Issue: 2
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