Urban Diversities – Environmental and Social Issues

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 11 July 2011

Citation

(2011), "Urban Diversities – Environmental and Social Issues", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 12 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijshe.2011.24912caa.008

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Urban Diversities – Environmental and Social Issues

Urban Diversities – Environmental and Social Issues

Article Type: Books and resources From: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Volume 12, Issue 3

Edited by M. Bonaiuto, M. Bonnes, A.M. Nenci and G. Carrus,Hogrefe Publishing,Cambridge, MA,2011,256 pp.,ISBN 9780889373853,Series: Advances in People-Environment Studies Book 2,€49.95

Biological and human-cultural diversities are both crucial aspects of sustainable life on this planet, a fact that was recognized by the United Nations which declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. Managing diversities in urban contexts, where more than half of the world’s population currently live, represents a fundamental aim for sustainable urban development. If this is to be achieved, it requires collaboration among different scientific and technical disciplines, many of which are represented in this book.

Drawing on a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches is key to understanding better people-environment relations, and for promoting the quality of urban life. This volume is organized around different research themes, relevant for understanding current trends and future developments in the study of people-urban environment relations, with an emphasis on the key concept of diversity in relation to:

  • theoretical and methodological approaches;

  • urban landscapes and perceptual approaches;

  • urban green spaces and well-being; and

  • lifestyles and urban sustainability.

Finally, it analyses the extent to which social groups and inclusive urban environments contribute to urban diversities.