Volume 43  Issue 2  March 2019

In This Issue...

The March issue of IJURR is rather messy. It opens with a symposium on flooding in Asian coastal megacities. With detailed case studies from Jakarta, Manila, Mumbai and Kolkata, the articles in this symposium tackle issues around disaster and resilience planning, risk management, informality, displacement and eviction. They throw into sharp relief how water and urban politics intersect; flooding, they show, is not a merely technical problem that can be neatly isolated, but an urban political problem that is intertwined with urban dynamics, processes and power structures. We finally make it to dry ground, but urban messiness continues with empirically rich articles on rubble, trash, human waste, and unruly practices of access to water and energy networks. Despite their thematic and geographical diversity, all the articles in this issue of IJURR encourage us to be aware of the messiness of such dichotomies as formal/informal or technical/political.

— Mustafa Dikeç


Futures of Crisis, Futures of Urban Political Theory: Flooding in Asian Coastal Megacities

Evicting Slums, ‘Building Back Better’: Resiliency Revanchism and Disaster Risk Management in Manila

Urban Waterscapes: The Hydro‐Politics of Flooding in a Sinking City

Resilient Growth: Fantasy Plans and Unplanned Developments in India’s Flood‐Prone Coastal Cities


When Diverse Norms Meet Weak Plans: The Organizational Dynamics of Urban Rubble Clearance in Post‐Earthquake Haiti

Silence and Voice in Nigeria’s Hybrid Urban Water Markets: Implications for Local Governance of Public Goods

Irregular Connections: Everyday Energy Politics in Catalonia

Recovering Sociology from the Trash Heap: Of Waste Politics and the Spatialization of Local Representation in Lagos

Problematizing Urban Shit(ting): Representing Human Waste as a Problem

Book Reviews

Loretta Lees and Martin Phillips (eds.) 2018: Handbook of Gentrification Studies. Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing

Ugo Rossi 2017: Cities in Global Capitalism. Cambridge: Polity Press

Verónica Gago (ed.) 2017: Neoliberalism from Below: Popular Pragmatics and Baroque Economies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press

Miguel A. Martinez Lopez (ed.) 2018: The Urban Politics of Squatters’ Movements. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Maria Jose Alvarez‐Rivadulla 2017: Squatters and the Politics of Marginality in Uruguay. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Verónica Herrera 2017: Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press

Richard Webber and Roger Burrows 2018: The Predictive Postcode: The Geodemographic Classification of British Society. London: Sage Publications Ltd