Publications: Books

Urban Food Systems Governance and Poverty in African Cities

Jane Battersby, Vanessa Watson (eds.)

2018. London: Routledge. As Africa urbanises and the focus of poverty shifts to urban centres, there is an imperative to address poverty in African cities. This is particularly the case in smaller cities, which are often the most rapidly urbanising, but the least able to cope with this growth. This book argues that an examination…

The Urban Planet

Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Niki Frantzeskaki, Corrie Griffith, David Maddox, Timon McPhearson, Susan Parnell, Patricia Romero-Lankao, David Simon, Mark Watkins (eds.)

2018. Cambridge University Press. Global urbanization promises better services, stronger economies, and more connections; it also carries risks and unforeseeable consequences. To deepen our understanding of this complex process and its importance for global sustainability, we need to build interdisciplinary knowledge around a systems approach. Urban Planet takes an integrative look at our urban environment, bringing…

Organic Food and Farming in China: Top-down and Bottom-up Ecological Initiatives

Steffanie Scott, Zhenzhong Si, Theresa Schumilas, Aijuan Chen

2018. New York: Routledge. Despite reports of food safety and quality scandals, China has a rapidly expanding organic agriculture and food sector, and there is a revolution in ecological food and ethical eating in China’s cities. This book shows how a set of social, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions have converged to shape the development of…

Food and Nutrition Security in Southern African Cities

Bruce Frayne, Jonathan Crush, Cameron McCordic (eds.)

2017, London: Routledge and Earthscan. Urban population growth is extremely rapid across Africa and this book places urban food and nutrition security firmly on the development and policy agenda. It shows that current efforts to address food poverty in Africa that focus entirely on small-scale farmers, to the exclusion of broader socio-economic and infrastructural approaches, are misplaced…

The Supermarket Revolution and Food Security in Namibia

Ndeyapo Nickanor, Lawrence Kazembe, Jonathan Crush, Jeremy Wagner

2017. African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) and Hungry Cities Partnership (HCP) After 2000, several scholars argued that Africa was undergoing a supermarket revolution similar to that which had earlier come to dominate food systems and consumer habits in the Global North and Latin America. The revolution would supposedly benefit consumers and small farmers who…

Building a Capable State: Service Delivery in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, Susan Parnell

2017, Zed, London The sustainable development goals signed in 2016 marked a new phase in global development thinking, one which is focused on ecologically and fiscally sustainable human settlements. Few countries offer a better testing ground for their attainment than post-apartheid South Africa. Since the coming to power of the African National Congress, the country has…

New Urban Worlds. Inhabiting Dissonant Times

AbdouMaliq Simone, Edgar Pieterse

2017, Cambridge: Polity Press. It is well known that the world is transitioning to an irrevocable urban future whose epicentre has moved into the cities of Asia and Africa. What is less clear is how this will be managed and deployed as a multi-polar world system is being born. The full implications of this challenge…

Nourishing Communities: Policy and Practice

Alison Blay-Palmer, L. Knezevic, C. Levkoe, P. Mount and E. Nelson (eds.)

2016, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Rapid Urbanisation, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa

Jonathan Crush and Jane Battersby (eds.)

2016, Switzerland: Springer. This book investigates food security and the implications of hyper-urbanisation and rapid growth of urban populations in Africa. By means of a series of case studies involving African cities of various sizes, it argues that, while the concept of food security holds value, it needs to be reconfigured to fit the everyday…

Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa

Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner (eds.)

2015, Ottawa: IDRC. Mean Streets, edited by ACC partners Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and Caroline Skinner, demonstrates powerfully that some of the most resourceful entrepreneurs in the South African informal economy are migrants and refugees. Yet far from being lauded, they take their life into their hands when they trade on South Africa’s “mean streets”.…