Book Review: ‘The Economy of Green Cities’ by Richard Simpson and Monika Zimmermann (Eds.)

Benjamin Zhan reviews this edited volume, by Richard Simpson and Monika Zimmermann (Eds.) for the Journal of Transport Geography.


A short summary including a link to a copy of the review follows.

Zhan discusses each of the five parts  turn, focusing on what the reader will gain from each, he commends the role of an introductory chapter in each part in orientating the reader. From the review we learn that the book comprises: an overall introduction, providing a strategic, high level overview (Part 1); Part 2 is suited to readers wanting to ‘gain knowledge of the different perspectives on guiding principles, opportunities, and challenges related to green urban economies’; Part 3 caters for readers wanting to gain ‘additional insights about the roles of different stakeholders and actors in advancing a green urban economy’; Part 4 provides ‘valuable information about the usefulness and effectiveness of different strategies and approaches that aim to lower carbon emissions in urban areas’; and finally Part 5 is formed of a range of ‘excellent’ case studies – though mention is made to exemplar cities earlier in the review particularly with reference to Part 4.

Zhan also draws attention to a number of chapters which may be of particular interest to the reader – for instance Chapters 8 and 9 which cover approaches to measuring the greening of a city – or are of particular interest to him as a reader – for instance the case study of Hannover in Part 5.

In summary Zhan states that ‘The Economy of Green Cities’ is a timely reference books and outlines potential for greater theoretical advances and a wider range of case studies from developed and developing countries over time.

A copy of the review is available here with the kind permission of Elsevier. It  is also available via Science Direct.

This article was published in The Journal of Transport Geography, Vol 37, F. Benjamin Zhan, The Economy of Green Cities, Richard Simpson, Monika
Zimmermann (Eds.). Springer, Dordrecht (2013). £90.00 (hardback) £72 (eBook), ISBN: 978-94-007-1968-2, Pages 127-128, Copyright Elsevier (2014).


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