Department of Geography

Recent books by Sussex Geographers

Stories from a Migrant CityBen Rogaly, Stories from a Migrant City:  Living and working together in the shadow of Brexit  (Manchester University Press, 2020)

This book intervenes in the immigration debate, showing how moving away from a racialized local/ migrant dichotomy can help to unite people on the basis of their common humanity. Drawing on over one hundred stories and eight years of research in a provincial English city, Rogaly asks what that city (and indeed England as a whole) stands for in the Brexit era. Stories from the city's homes and streets, and from its warehouse and food factory workplaces, challenge middle-class condescension towards working-class cultures. They also reveal a non-elite cosmopolitanism, which contrasts with the more familiar association of cosmopolitanism with elites. The book combines critique with resources for hope. It is aimed at general readers as well as students and lecturers in geography, sociology, migration studies and oral history.

The Politics of HungerCarl Griffin, The Politics of Hunger: Protest, Poverty and Policy in England, c. 1750–c. 1840  (Manchester University Press, 2020)

The 1840s witnessed widespread hunger and malnutrition at home and mass starvation in Ireland. And yet the aptly named 'Hungry 40s' came amidst claims that, notwithstanding Malthusian prophecies, absolute biological want had been eliminated in England. The eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were supposedly the period in which the threat of famine lifted for the peoples of England. But hunger remained, in the words of Marx, an 'unremitted pressure'. The politics of hunger offers the first systematic analysis of the ways in which hunger continued to be experienced and feared, both as a lived and constant spectral presence. It also examines how hunger was increasingly used as a disciplining device in new modes of governing the population. Drawing upon a rich archive, this innovative and conceptually-sophisticated study throws new light on how hunger persisted as a political and biological force.

Carl Griffin, Roy Jones, and Iain Robertson (Eds), Moral Ecologies: Histories of Conservation, Dispossession and Resistance (Palgrave, 2019)

Moral EcologiesThis book offers the first systematic study of how elite conservation schemes and policies define once customary and vernacular forms of managing common resources as banditry—and how the ‘bandits’ fight back. Drawing inspiration from Karl Jacoby’s seminal Crimes against Nature, this book takes Jacoby’s moral ecology and extends the concept beyond the founding of American national parks. From eighteenth-century Europe, through settler colonialism in Africa, Australia and the Americas, to postcolonial Asia and Australia, Moral Ecologies takes a global stance and a deep temporal perspective, examining how the language and practices of conservation often dispossess Indigenous peoples and settlers, and how those groups resist in everyday ways. Drawing together archaeologists, anthropologists, geographers and historians, this is a methodologically diverse and conceptually innovative study that will appeal to anyone interested in the politics of conservation, protest and environmental history.

Carl Griffin and Briony McDonagh (Eds),  Remembering Protest in Britain since 1500 - Memory, Materiality and the Landscape  (Palgrave, 2018)

Remembering Protest in Britain since 1500This book offers the first systematic study of the multiple and contested ways in which protest is remembered. Drawing on work in social and cultural history, cultural and historical geography, psychology, anthropology, critical heritage studies, and memory studies, Remembering Protest focuses on the dynamic and lived nature of past protests, asking how conflicted communities and individuals made sense of and mobilized protest past in forging the future. Written by several of the leading historians and historical geographers of protest in early modern and modern Britain, the chapters span the period from 1500 to c.1850 while also speaking to the politics of past protests in the present. In so doing, it also offers the first showcase of the variety of approaches that comprises the vibrant and intellectually fecund ‘new protest history’. Empirically rich but conceptually sophisticated, this book will appeal to those with an interest in protest history, and early modern and modern British history, and historical geography more generally. 

Katie Walsh, Transnational Geographies of the Heart: Intimate Subjectivities in a Globalising City  (Wiley, April 2018)

Transnational Geographies of the HeartTransnational Geographies of the Heart explores the spatialisation of intimacy in everyday life through an analysis of intimate subjectivities in transnational spaces.

  • Draws on ethnographic research with British migrants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, during a phase of rapid globalisation and economic diversification in 2002-2004
  • Highlights the negotiation of inter-personal relationships as enormously significant in relation to the dialectic of home and migration
  • Includes four empirical chapters focused on the production of ‘expatriate’ subjectivities, community and friendships, sex and romance, and families
  • Demonstrates that a critical analysis of the geographies of intimacy might productively contribute to our understanding of the ways in which intimate subjectivities are embodied, emplaced, and co-produced across binaries of public/private and local/global space

David Ockwell, Rob Byrne, Sustainable Energy for All - Innovation, technology and pro-poor green transformations   (Routledge, August 2016)

Sustainable Energy for AllDespite decades of effort and billions of dollars spent, two thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa still lack access to electricity, a vital pre-cursor to economic development and poverty reduction. Ambitious international policy commitments seek to address this, but scholarship has failed to keep pace with policy ambitions, lacking both the empirical basis and the theoretical perspective to inform such transformative policy aims.

Sustainable Energy for All aims to fill this gap. Through detailed historical analysis of the Kenyan solar PV market the book demonstrates the value of a new theoretical perspective based on Socio-Technical Innovation System Building. Importantly, the book goes beyond a purely academic critique to detail exactly how a Socio-Technical Innovation System Building approach might be operationalized in practice, facilitating both a detailed plan for future comparative research as well as a clear agenda for policy and practice. These plans are based on a systemic perspective that is more fit for purpose to inform transformative policy ambitions like the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All by 2030 initiative and to underpin pro-poor pathways in sustainable energy access.

This book will be of interest to academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field of sustainable energy access and low carbon development more broadly.

Julian Murton, David Giles, The Quaternary Periglaciation of Kent - Field Guide  (Quaternary Research Association, June 2016)

The Quaternary Periglaciation of KentThis field guide was produced to accompany the QRA and Engineering Group of the Geological Society Field Meeting to Kent, based in Margate, l0 - 12 June 2016. This two-day field meeting addressing the "Quaternary Periglaciation of Kent" is designed to encourage greater synergy between the engineering geology and Quaternary science communities. Kent contains a rich array of Quaternary periglacial and permafrost features, many of which impact significantly on the engineering geology of the region. This field meeting builds upon earlier meetings to Kent by the Cryostratigraphy Research Group of the Quaternary Research Association in 1998 and by the Periglacial and Glacial Engineering Geology Working Party of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society in 2014.

The meeting and accompanying field guide focus on selected aspects of Kent's periglacial legacy and their engineering geological significance. The key themes we will consider are {1) brecciation of chalk bedrock by ice segregation in permafrost, producing a variety of chalk weathering grades; {2) deformation of soil and rock by frost heave and thaw consolidation, forming involutions; {3) slope instability in sandstone-mudstone sequences, forming gulls and cambered strata; {4) reactivation of relict periglacial shears in clay-rich head deposits; and {5) loess characteristics and metastability.

Transnational Migration and Home in Older AgeKatie Walsh, Lena Näre,  Transnational Migration and Home in Older Age  (Routledge 2016)

This book examines the transformations in home lives arising in later life and resulting from global migrations. It provides insight into the ways in which contemporary demographic processes of aging and migration shape the meaning, experience and making of home for those in older age. Chapters explore how home is negotiated in relation to possibilities for return to the "homeland," family networks, aging and health, care cultures and belonging. The book deliberately crosses emerging sub-fields in transnationalism studies by offering case studies on aging labour migrants, retirement migrants, and return migrants, as well as older people affected by the movement of others including family members and migrant care workers. The diversity of people’s experiences of home in later life is fully explored and the impact of social class, gender, and nationality, as well as the corporeal dimensions of older age, are all in evidence.

Ageing, Gender, and Labour MigrationAija Lulle and Russell King,  Ageing, Gender, and Labour Migration   (Palgrave, 2016)

This book explores how the real conditions and subjective conceptions of ageing and well-being are transformed when people move from one country to another. Focusing on ageing female migrants from Latvia in the UK and other European countries, this book is based on fifty life-history interviews with women aged 40s-60s. Empirical chapters concentrate on functional well-being in migration, which includes access to the economic citizenship of work, income, pensions, and accommodation, and on psychosocial well-being, and explores Latvian women’s experiences of intimate citizenship in migration. In addition, the authors’ research challenges the trope of vulnerability which generally surrounds the framing of older migrants’ lives. The study’s findings offer policy-makers insights into the realities of ageing working migrants and advocates for a more inclusive transnational citizenship, better working conditions, and ongoing care arrangements for older migrants post-retirement, either abroad or back home.

Tony Fielding,  Migration: Economic Drivers of Contemporary Labour Mobility in East Asia  (World Scientific, Singapore, Decemebr 2015)

Migration: Economic Drivers of Contemporary Labour Mobility in East AsiaThis volume is part of the multivolume set on Globalisation in Eurasia and the Pacific Rim. It depicts the key region of the world, “Eurasia and the Pacific Rim”, which contains four of the biggest emerging economies, a large number of highly dynamic small- and medium-sized emerging economies, and one of the leading advanced industrial countries. It is also the region that has some of the biggest hydrocarbon and mineral deposits in the world, and some of the most energy- and metal-hungry economies in the world. With half the world's population, it is considered one of the most dynamic regions of the globe in terms of population movement, providing a key focus of foreign investment, both inwards and outwards, with a high degree of technological dynamism. The region plays a central role in the industrial supply networks of the globe

Volume 4: Migration presents the human dimension, looking at people in movement, as workers, citizens, men, women, or colonisers. Among the key issues discussed are the migration from country to town in China, the “greying” of countries like Japan, the effect of war on migration, marriage migration, human trafficking and the depopulation of the Russian Far East.

Tony Fielding,  Asian Migrations: Social and Geographical Mobilities in Southeast, East, and Northeast Asia  (Routledge, July 2015)

Asian MigrationsThis textbook describes and explains the complex reality of contemporary internal and international migrations in East Asia. Taking an interdisciplinary approach; Tony Fielding combines theoretical debate and detailed empirical analysis to provide students with an understanding of the causes and consequences of the many types of contemporary migration flows in the region.

Key features of Asian Migrations:

  • Comprehensive coverage of all forms of migration including labour migration, student migration, marriage migration, displacement and human trafficking
  • Text boxes containing key concepts and theories
  • More than 30 maps and diagrams
  • Equal attention devoted to broad structures (e.g. political economy) and individual agency (e.g. migration behaviours)
  • Emphasis on the conceptual and empirical connections between internal and international migrations
  • Exploration of the policy implications of the trends and processes discussed

Written by an experienced scholar and teacher of migration studies, this is an essential text for courses on East Asian migrations and mobility and important reading for courses on international migration and Asian societies more generally.

Indigenous Communities and Settler ColonialismAlan Lester, Zoe Laidlaw (Eds.)   Indigenous Communities and Settler Colonialism.  Land Holding, Loss and Survival in an Interconnected World   (Palgrave 2015)

The new world created through Anglophone emigration in the 19th century has been much studied. But there have been few accounts of what this meant for the Indigenous populations. This book shows that Indigenous communities tenaciously held land in the midst of dispossession, whilst becoming interconnected through their struggles to do so.

Part of the  Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series

The East India Company and the Natural WorldAlan Lester,Vinita Damodaran, Anna Winterbottom (Eds.)  The East India Company and the Natural World  (Palgrave 2015)

This book is the first to explore the deep and lasting impacts of the largest colonial trading company, the British East India Company on the natural environment. The contributors – drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines - illuminate the relationship between colonial capital and the changing environment between 1600 and 1857.

Anastasia Christou, Russell King,  Counter-Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns “Home”  (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Counter-DiasporaThis book focuses on the return of the diasporic Greek second generation to Greece, primarily in the first decade of the twenty-first century, and their evolving, often ambivalent, senses of belonging and conceptualizations of “home.” Drawing from a large-scale research project employing a multi-sited and multi-method comparative approach, Counter-Diaspora is a narrative ethnographic account of the lives and identities of second-generation Greek-Americans and Greek-Germans. Through an interdisciplinary gender and generational lens, the study examines lived migration experiences at three diasporic moments: growing up within the Greek diasporic setting in the United States and Germany; motivations for the counter-diasporic return; and experiences in the “homeland” of Greece. Research documents and analyzes a range of feelings and experiences associated with this “counter-diasporic” return to the ancestral homeland.

Images and imaginations of the “homeland” are discussed and deconstructed, along with notions of “Greekness” mediated through diasporic encounters. Using extensive extracts from interviews, the authors explore the roles of, among other things, family solidarity, kinship, food, language, and religion, as well as the impact of “home-coming” visits on the decision to return to the ancestral “homeland.” The book also contributes to a reconceptualization of diaspora and a problematization of the notion of “second generation.”

Brian Short,  The Battle of the Fields - Rural Community and Authority in Britain during the Second World War  (Boydell Press, December 2014)

Battle of the FieldsThe Battle of the Fields tells the story of rural community and authority in Britain during the Second World War by looking at the County War Agricultural Executive Committees. From 1939 they were imbued with powers to transform British farming to combat the loss of food imports caused by German naval activity and initial European mainland successes. Their powers were sweeping and draconian. When fully exercised against recalcitrant farmers, dispossession in part or whole could and did result. This book includes the most detailed analysis of these dispossessions including the tragic case of Ray Walden, the Hampshire farmer who was killed by police after refusing to leave his farmhouse in 1940.

The committees were deemed successful by Whitehall as harbingers of modernity: mechanization, draining, artificial fertilizers, reclamation of heaths, marshes and woodlands. We now deplore some of these changes but Britain did not starve, in large part thanks to their efforts.

Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian GovernanceAlan Lester, Fae Dussart, Colonization and the Origins of Humanitarian Governance. Protecting Aborigines across the Nineteenth-Century British Empire (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)

How did those responsible for creating Britain's nineteenth-century settler empire render colonization compatible with humanitarianism? Avoiding a cynical or celebratory response, this book takes seriously the humane disposition of colonial officials, examining the relationship between humanitarian governance and empire. The story of 'humane' colonial governance connects projects of emancipation, amelioration, conciliation, protection and development in sites ranging from British Honduras through Van Diemen's Land and New South Wales, New Zealand and Canada to India. It is seen in the lives of governors like George Arthur and George Grey, whose careers saw the violent and destructive colonization of indigenous peoples at the hands of British emigrants. The story challenges the exclusion of officials' humanitarian sensibilities from colonial history and places the settler colonies within the larger historical context of Western humanitarianism.

Protest, Politics and Work in Rural England, 1700-1850Carl J. Griffin, Protest, Politics and Work in Rural England, 1700-1850  (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2013)

Rural workers in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England were not passive victims in the face of rapid social change. Carl J. Griffin shows that they deployed an extensive range of resistances to defend their livelihoods and communities. Locating protest in the wider contexts of work, poverty and landscape change, this new text offers the first critical overview of this growing area of study.

The Geology and Scenery of the South Downs National ParkDavid Robinson, The Geology and Scenery of the South Downs National Park  (Sussex Archaeological Society, July 2013)

The Geology and Scenery of the South Downs National Park provides an introduction to the origin and characteristics of the rocks that underlie the Park. It describes how the scenic features of different parts of the Park are related to the geological history of the region and to the processes of weathering and erosion that have acted on the rocks in the past – and those which continue to modify the landscape at the present day.

The New Expatriates: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile ProfessionalsAnne-Meike Fechter, Katie Walsh (eds.),  The New Expatriates: Postcolonial Approaches to Mobile Professionals  (Routledge, June 2012)

While scholarship on migration has been thriving for decades, little attention has been paid to professionals from Europe and America who move temporarily to destinations beyond ‘the West’. Such migrants are marginalised and depoliticised by debates on immigration policy, and thus there is an urgent need to develop nuanced understanding of these more privileged movements. In many ways, these are the modern-day equivalents of colonial settlers and expatriates, yet the continuities in their migration practices have rarely been considered.

The New Expatriates advances our understanding of contemporary mobile professionals by engaging with postcolonial theories of race, culture and identity. The volume brings together authors and research from across a wide range of disciplines, seeking to evaluate the significance of the past in shaping contemporary expatriate mobilities and highlighting postcolonial continuities in relation to people, practices and imaginations. Acknowledging the resonances across a range of geographical sites in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, the chapters consider the particularity of postcolonial contexts, while enabling comparative perspectives. A focus on race and culture is often obscured by assumptions about class, occupation and skill, but this volume explicitly examines the way in which whiteness and imperial relationships continue to shape the migration experiences of Euro-American skilled migrants as they seek out new places to live and work.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to RealityDavid G. Ockwell, Alexandra Mallett (eds.),  Low-Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric to Reality  (Routledge, June 2012)

Low carbon technology transfer to developing countries has been both a lynchpin of, and a key stumbling block to a global deal on climate change. This book brings together for the first time in one place the work of some of the world's leading contemporary researchers in this field. It provides a practical, empirically grounded guide for policy makers and practitioners, while at the same time making new theoretical advances in combining insights from the literature on technology transfer and the literature on low carbon innovation.

The book begins by summarizing the nature of low carbon technology transfer and its contemporary relevance in the context of climate change, before introducing a new theoretical framework through which effective policy mechanisms can be analyzed. The north-south, developed-developing country differences and synergies are then introduced together with the relevant international policy context. Uniquely, the book also introduces questions around the extent to which current approaches to technology transfer under the international policy regime might be considered to be 'pro-poor'. Throughout, the book draws on cutting edge empirical work to illustrate the insights it affords. The book concludes by setting out constructive ways forward towards delivering on existing international commitments in this area, including practical tools for decision makers.

Migration In Britain: Paradoxes of the Present, Prospects for the FutureTony Fielding,  Migration In Britain: Paradoxes of the Present, Prospects for the Future (Edward Elgar Publishing, May 2012)

Those who need to migrate the most – perhaps due to low paid or insecure jobs – tend to actually migrate the least, while those who need to migrate the least – for example those who have secure, well-paid jobs – tend to actually migrate the most. This is one of the many paradoxes about internal migration in Britain that are explored in this topical and timely book by Tony Fielding.

Migration in Britain takes a fresh look at the patterns of migration at both the regional and local levels and develops new theoretical frameworks and novel methods to explain these patterns. It anticipates British society and its internal migration flows fifty years hence in the absence of climate change, and comes to judgments about how and in what ways these migration flows might be affected by climate change.

Developing new approaches to explain migration patterns, this book will appeal to academics, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students of population migration, as well as businesses concerned with housing and utilities. Anyone with a general interest in migration issues including the impacts of, and adaptation to, climate change, will find much to interest them in this insightful book.

Rural WarCarl J. Griffin, The rural war - Captain Swing and the politics of protest  (Manchester University Press, May 2012)

Beginning in Kent in the summer of 1830 before spreading throughout the country, the Swing Riots were the most dramatic and widespread rising of the English rural poor. Seeking an end to their immiseration, the protestors destroyed machines, demanded higher wages and more generous poor relief, and even frequently resorted to incendiarism to enforce their modest demands. But occurring against a backdrop of revolutions in continental Europe and a political crisis, Swing to many represented a genuine challenge to the existing ruling order, provoking a bitter and bloody repression.

The rural war offers a vivid new account of this defining moment in British history. It is shown that the protests were more organised, intensive and politically motivated than has hitherto been thought, representing complex statements about the nature of authority, gender and the politics of rural life. This book will become essential reading for anyone with an interest in the history of the English countryside: specialists, students and general readers alike.

Remittances, Gender and Development: Albania's society and economy in transitionRussell King and Julie Vullnetari, Remittances, Gender and Development: Albania's Society and Economy in Transition  (I.B.Tauris, 2011).

Migration in the modern world, rather than being seen as a symptom or result of underdevelopment, is now understood more as a route towards development and a strategy for alleviating poverty. This study of Albania is particularly significant in this new debate on migration and development as, since the fall of communism, remittances have been a major supporter of the Albanian economy, sustaining many Albanian families, especially in rural areas. The authors thus focus on the socio-cultural context of remittances, and explore how gender emerges as a powerful facet in the processes of development. It will therefore be of interest to scholars and students in Migration Studies, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Geography and Anthropology, as well as offering vital analysis for policy-makers, donors and civil society activists engaged in development planning and migration management.

Moving Histories of Class and CommunityBen Rogaly and Becky Taylor,  Moving Histories of Class and Community. Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England (Palgrove, 2011).

White working class areas are often seen as entrenched and immobile, threatened by the arrival of 'outsiders'. This major new study of class and place since 1930 challenges accepted wisdom, demonstrating how emigration as well as shorter distance moves out of such areas can be as suffused with emotion as moving into them. Both influence people's sense of belonging to the place they live in.

Using oral histories from residents of three social housing estates in Norwich, England, the book also tells stories of the appropriation of and resistance to state discoruses of community; and of ambivalent, complex and shifting class relations and identities. Material poverty has been a constant in the area, but not for all residents, and being classed as 'poor' is an identity that some actively resist.

This paperback edition includes a Preface by Lynsey Hanley, author of Estates: An Intimate History, and a new Conclusion by the authors.

:African Climate and Climate ChangeCharles Williams and Dominic Kniveton, African Climate and Climate Change: Physical, Social and Political Perspectives  (Springer, 2011).

Compared to many other regions of the world, Africa is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and variability. Widespread poverty, an extensive disease burden and pockets of political instability across the continent has resulted in a low resilience and limited adaptative capacity of African society to climate related shocks and stresses. To compound this vulnerability, there remains large knowledge gaps on African climate, manifestations of future climate change and variability for the region and the associated problems of climate change impacts. Research on the subject of African climate change requires an interdisciplinary approach linking studies of environmental, political and socio-economic spheres. In this book we use different case studies on climate change and variability in Africa to illustrate different approaches to the study of climate change in Africa from across the spectrum of physical, social and political sciences. In doing so we attempt to highlight a toolbox of methodologies (along with their limitations and advantages) that may be used to further the understanding of the impacts of climate change in Africa and thus help form the basis for strategies to negate the negative implications of climate change on society.

Swinging CitySimon Rycroft, Swinging City. A Cultural Geography of London 1950–1974  (Ashgate, 2011).

This book works with two contrasting imaginings of 1960s London: the one of the excess and comic vacuousness of Swinging London, the other of the radical and experimental cultural politics generated by the city's counterculture.  The connections between these two scenes are mapped looking firstly at the spectacular events that shaped post-war London, then at the modernist physical and social reconstruction of the city alongside artistic experiments such as Pop and Op Art. Making extensive use of London's underground press the book then explores the replacement of this seemingly materialistic image with the counterculture of underground London from the mid-1960s. Swinging City develops the argument that these disparate threads cohere around a shared cosmology associated with a new understanding of nature which differently positioned humanity and technology. The book tracks a moment in the historical geography of London during which the city asserts itself as a post-imperial global city. Swinging London it argues, emerged as the product of this recapitalisation, by absorbing avant-garde developments from the provinces and a range of transnational, mainly transatlantic, influences.

Beyond the 'wild tribes': Understanding modern Afghanistan and its diasporaCeri Oeppen and Angela Schlenkhoff (eds), Beyond the 'Wild Tribes' - Understanding Modern Afghanistan and its Diaspora  (Hurst/University of Columbia Press, October 2010)

Afghanistan and its people, whether in Afghanistan or in its global diaspora, have generated substantial interest in recent years and the desire to understand more about the country is widely felt. International organisations, non-governmental organisations and journalists are key sources of information on contemporary Afghanistan, but their ability to undertake research is often limited by their mandate and the aims of their activities in Afghanistan. In-depth academic research on post-2001 Afghanistan does exist but these studies have often taken place in isolation. This volume, edited by Ceri Oeppen and Angela Schlenkhoff, brings together the work of some of the leading European specialists studying Afghanistan and its diaspora. It collates work that contributes to our understanding of modern Afghanistan, and moves beyond the caricatures of Afghanistan and Afghans that have their roots in European imperial texts of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but can still be seen today. Beyond the ‘Wild Tribes’ contains chapters on a wide range of issues, which all contribute to our understandings of modern Afghanistan. Topics range from the features of protracted conflict to the future of Afghan music.

Atlas of Human MigrationRussell King, Richard Black, Michael Collyer, Anthony Fielding and Ronald Skeldon, The Atlas of Human Migration: Global Patterns of People on the Move  (Routledge, July 2010).

Migration has provided millions with an escape route from poverty or oppression, ensuring the survival, even prosperity, of individuals and their families. New currents of human migration, triggered by ethnic cleansing or climate change or economic need, are appearing all the time and immigration has become one of today's most contested issues.

This compelling new atlas maps contemporary migration against its crucial economic, social, cultural and demographic contexts. Drawing on data from one of the largest concentrations of migration research, the atlas traces the story of migration from its historical roots through the economic and conflict imperatives of the last 50 years to the causes and effects of flight today.  Issues covered include: Refugees and asylum seekers; Diasporas; Remittances; The 'brain drain'; Trafficking; Student, retirement and return migration.

Zimbabwe's New DiasporaJoAnn McGregor and Ranka Primorac (eds), Zimbabwe's New Diaspora - Displacement and the Cultural Politics of Survival  (Berghahn, June 2010)

Zimbabwe’s crisis since 2000 has produced a dramatic global scattering of people. This volume investigates this enforced dispersal, and the processes shaping the emergence of a new "diaspora" of Zimbabweans abroad, focusing on the most important concentrations in South Africa and in Britain. Not only is this the first book on the diasporic connections created through Zimbabwe’s multifaceted crisis, but it also offers an innovative combination of research on the political, economic, cultural and legal dimensions of movement across borders and survival thereafter with a discussion of shifting identities and cultural change. It highlights the ways in which new movements are connected to older flows, and how displacements across physical borders are intimately linked to the reworking of conceptual borders in both sending and receiving states. The book is essential reading for researchers/students in migration, diaspora and postcolonial literary studies.

Sediment CascadesTim Burt, Robert Allison (eds), Sediment Cascades: An Integrated Approach  (Wiley, March 2010)

Sediment Cascades: An Integrated Approach provides a comprehensive overview that addresses the transport of sediment through the landscape. Suitable for academic researchers, industry practitioners, research students and advanced level undergraduates, seeking detailed knowledge and an up-to-date review of the recent research literature. The emphasis is on contemporary sediment system dynamics with relevance both to landscape management and landform development.

Sediment Cascades: An Integrated Approach begins with an explanation of the need for an integrated approach to sediment delivery systems and introduces the main themes of sediment production, delivery, storage and transfer. Further chapters then focus on specific environments from mountains, through floodplains, to estuaries and the continental shelf.

  • Focuses on contemporary sediment system dynamics and current research
  • Covers a sequence of environments from steep mountains to the continental shelf
  • Highlights the continuity of the subject by linking each component area with its adjacent elements

A Continent Moving West?Richard Black, Godfried Engbersen, Marek Oklski, Cristina Pantru (eds), A Continent Moving West? (Amsterdam University Press, 2010).

A Continent Moving West? explores the expansion of migration from countries in Eastern Europe following their accession to the European Union. Fifteen expertly authored chapters address head-on what the consequences of large-scale migration have been since 2007. The analysis is conducted for both origin countries, notably Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, and destination countries, including the UK, the Netherlands and Norway. Particular attention is given to labour market impacts, while also discussing migration policies emerging throughout the continent. Overall, this book testifies to how many of the migration patterns so far generated are temporary, circular or seasonal, thus warranting the label 'incomplete' or 'liquid'. Yet, the fluid nature of such movements is expected to continue, making forecasts for future migration - and its repercussions - highly unreliable. One thing is clear. Conventional notions of migration as a one-way, permanent or long-term process are increasingly becoming wide of the mark. Authors Marta Anacka, Richard Black, Venelin Boshnakov, Krisztina Csedo, Jan de Boom, Stephen Drinkwater, John Eade, Godfried Engbersen, Jon Horgen Friberg, Michal Garapich, Izabela Grabowska-Lusinska, Pawel Kaczmarczyk, Eugenia Markova, Vesselin Mintchev, Joanna Napierala, Krzysztof Nowaczek, Wolfgang Ochel, Marek Oklski, Cristina Pantru, Swanie Potot, Dumitru Sandu, Erik Snel, Paulina Trevena.

This book is available to read and download, free of charge, as an electronic version

David Ockwell, Jon Lovett (Eds.)   A Handbook of Environmental Management  (Edward Elgar, 2010)

A Handbook of Environmental Management presents a range of case studies that demonstrate the complementary application of different social science techniques in combination with ecology-based management thinking to the natural environment.

This eloquent and unique Handbook provides a broad overview, complemented by specific case studies and techniques that are used in environmental management from the local level to international environmental regimes.