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Book Digest: Mapping the COVID-19 story, human behaviour driving infections and more

From accounts of previous epidemics that should have prepared us for COVID-19 to history of poverty in the US, DTE tracks contemporary books on development from leading authors  

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 08 August 2020
Book Digest: Mapping the COVID-19 story, human behaviour driving infections and more. Photo: Innovative Genomics Institute

Engaged Research for Community Resilience to Climate Change | Shannon Van Zandt, Jaimie Hicks Masterson, Galen D. Newman, Michelle Annette Meyer| Elsevier| June 17, 2020

The book is a guide to successfully integrate science into urban, regional, and coastal planning activities to build truly sustainable communities that can withstand climate change.

It calls for a shift in academic researchers’ traditional thinking by working across disciplines to solve complex societal and environmental problems, focusing on the real-world human impacts of climate change, and providing an overview of how science can be used to advocate for institutional change.

The Fully Charged Guide to Electric Vehicles & Clean Energy| Robert Llewellyn | Unbound| June 2, 2020

Busting myths, giving suggestions and solutions for how to go green, exploring how countries around the world are already improving the quality of life of their residents, and looking at where clean energy will take us next — the book tries to do this and more.  

COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One| Debora MacKenzie | Hachette Books | July 14, 2020

Why did COVID-19 happen?

The book tells the accounts of the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that paved the way, the failure to contain the outbreak, and most importantly, what we must do to prevent future pandemics.

COVID-19 Human Behavior | Anthony Napoleon| Publishing| June 28, 2020

The book will make you think about how your socially engineered choices virtually ensure that viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 will keep cropping up until people elevate their awareness of infectious pathogens and the power they have to control their spread.

 COVID-19: The Great Reset| Klaus Schwab, Thierry Malleret| Forum Publishing| July 13, 2020

This is a guide for anyone who wants to understand how COVID-19 disrupted our social and economic systems, and what changes will be needed to create a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable world going forward.

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Thierry Malleret, founder of the Monthly Barometer, explore what the root causes of this crisis were, and why they lead to a need for a Great Reset.

Poverty and Dependency: America, 1950s to the Present | John Macnicol | Edward Elgar Pub | July 31, 2020

Poverty and Dependency addresses the history of poverty in the US, investigating how those in need have been understood and governed during the last 70 years.

The author launches a multi-faceted analysis of government attitudes to welfare and 'dependency', highlighting the impact on the poorest groups of American society.

A timely discussion for a period of economic cynicism, this book is crucial reading for scholars of social policy, particularly those examining the history of impoverishment and debates relating to poverty and dependency.

Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster: Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan Yolanda| Maria Ela Atienza, Pauline Eadie, May Tan-Mullins| Routledge | September 30, 2020

This book investigates the best strategies for poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments, and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies.

Using the case study of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines, the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, the book aims to draw out policy recommendations relevant for other middle- and lower-income countries facing similar urban environmental challenges.

Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution| Xuefei Ren | Princeton University Press | July 7, 2020

In this book, the author explores how China and India govern their cities and how their different styles of governance produce inequality and exclusion.

Drawing upon historical-comparative analyses and extensive fieldwork (in Beijing, Guangzhou, Wukan, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata), the author investigates the ways that Chinese and Indian cities manage land acquisition, slum clearance, and air pollution.

Science, Technology, and Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals: Insights from Agriculture, Health, Environment, and Energy| Ademola A Adenle, Marian R Chertow, Ellen HM Moors, David J Pannell | Oxford University Press | July 28, 2020

This book showcases the roles that STI solutions can play in meeting on-the-ground socio-economic and environmental challenges among domestic and international organizations concerned with the SDGs in three overlapping areas: Agriculture, health, and environment/energy.

Authors and researchers from 31 countries tackle both big-picture questions, such as scaling up the adoption and diffusion of new sustainable technologies, and specific, localized case studies, focusing on developing and middle-income countries and specific STI solutions and policies.

Issues addressed include renewable energy, automated vehicles, vaccines, digital health, agricultural biotechnology, and precision agriculture.

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