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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - October 2014

This October, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Mark Lemon, Professor Brian Sturgess and Professor David Weir, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.

Professor Mark Lemon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Human-Environmental Interactions in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities of Urban Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure

Editors: Nadja Kabisch, Neele Larondelle, Angela Reeve, and Martina Artmann

“The foreword to these conference proceedings recognises that urbanisation is a fundamental global phenomenon, and that cities are complex adaptive systems embedded within even more complex ecosystems. This is of considerable importance when we consider the impacts on ‘colonised’ natural landscapes and the life experiences, and health — physical and mental — of those already within the urban environment, and those migrating to it. There is a great temptation to try and understand urban growth through the lens of social, biological and physical disciplines, and in so doing to lose sight of the emergent and interconnected nature of that change. This book highlights an important and emerging approach to research and planning practice, and is an extensive, contemporary and very useful resource for those wishing to embark upon this multidisciplinary journey.”

Professor Brian Sturgess’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Brian Sturgess is a Consultant to the Islamic Development Bank

Islamic Banking and Finance

Editors: Mondher Bellalah and Omar Masood

“This comprehensive book of readings provides not only an introduction to the rapidly growing field of Islamic finance, but also supplies practical examples of how it has developed in various countries. The editors rightly point out that there is little accurate data on the size and growth of Islamic banking, but with current global estimates of US$1.3 million trillion in Shari’ah compliant assets, the importance of this book needs no justification. The Islamic banking industry, with its emphasis on ethics, asset-backing and risk-sharing, is growing rapidly and attracting both Muslim and non-Muslim clients and participants. Growth creates new challenges, and the editors note that the industry needs to develop instruments that enhance liquidity and transparency in order to avoid in-built systemic problems as it evolves from niche to mainstream.”

Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Work and the Challenges of Belonging: Migrants in Globalizing Economies

Editors: Mojca Pajnik and Floya Anthias

“Migration and the translocation of skilled and unskilled workers is the iconic process of the global world. The studies in this book range from temporary movements like au pair work, through in-and-back expatriation, to once-in-a-lifetime, permanent relocations into other cultures. The roles of intermediary institutions like social networks and the personal tragedies implied in “not belonging” are described, and the studies illuminate the danger that sources of useful information can mutate into mechanisms (sometimes imprisoning) of social control.”

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