This new book, edited by Debolina Kundu (SHLC Co-Investigator) Remy Sietchiping and Michael Kinyanjui, examines how national urban policies can help ensure that all cities are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

This book, with contributing chapters from SHLC researchers in India, South Africa and the Philippines, discusses and analyses past and ongoing national urban policy development efforts from around the globe, particularly those that can lead the way toward smart and green cities.

In view of the adoption of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially the goal to have cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, urban policies that can help achieve this goal are urgently needed. The UN-Habitat (HABITAT III) puts national urban policies at the heart of implementing and rethinking the urban agenda, and identifies them as being integral to the equitable and sustainable development of nations.

Against this background, this important book, which gathers contributions from academics, planners and urban specialists, reviews existing urban policies from developing and developed nations, discusses various countries’ smart and green urban policies, and outlines the way forward. As such, it is essential reading for all social scientists, planners, designers, architects, and policymakers working on urban development around the world.

Chapters from SHLC authors include:


Kundu D., Sietchiping R., Kinyanjui M. (eds) Developing National Urban Policies. Springer, Singapore. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-3738-7