2nd Edition

Urban Ecology An Introduction

By Philip James, Ian Douglas Copyright 2024
    570 Pages 133 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    570 Pages 133 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This fully revised second edition reflects the great expansion in urban ecology research, action, and teaching since 2015. Urban ecology provides an understanding of urban ecosystems and uses nature-based techniques to enhance habitats and alleviate poor environmental conditions.

    Already the home to the majority of the world’s people, urban areas continue to grow, causing ecological changes throughout the world. To help students of all professions caring for urban areas and the people, animals, and plants that live in them, the authors set out the environmental and ecological science of cities, linkages between urban nature and human health, urban food production in cities, and how we can value urban nature. The authors explore our responsibilities for urban nature and greening, ecological management techniques, and the use of nature-based solutions to achieve a better, more sustainable urban future and ensure that cities can climate change and become more beautiful and more sustainable places in which to live.

    This text provides the student and the practitioner with a critical scientific overview of urban ecology that will be a key source of data and ideas for studies and for sound urban management.

    Introduction to the first edition

    Introduction to the second edition


    PART I Context of urban ecology: what, how, why and where?

    1. Urban ecology – What, How and Why?

    2. Urban areas

    PART II Abiotic factors

    3 The urban atmosphere: weather, climate and air quality

    4 The soils, substrates and landforms underlying and supporting all life in towns and cities

    5 Water for urban ecosystems: Urban hydrology

    6 Urban biogeochemistry

    PART III Biological factors

    7 Urban habitats

    8 Urban flora

    9 Urban fauna

    PART IV Services and Values

    10 Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

    11 Urban Agriculture

    12 Health and Well-being

    PART V Urban environmental stewardship and management

    13 Responsibilities and partnerships for urban nature and urban greening

    14 Ecological management techniques

    15 Nature-based Solutions

    16 Final Comments


    Philip James is Emeritus Professor of Ecology at the University of Salford and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Manchester.

    Ian Douglas is Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester, with over 60 years of research experience relating to changes in the hydrologic and geomorphic systems of tropical rain forests, and to the biophysical changes in the urban environment.

    "Urban Ecology: An Introduction, 2nd edition meets the current moment of biodiversity crisis and parallel divergent quality of human life in drawing together threads across this space as they play out in our cities, where the majority of us now live.  There are few places where all these considerations can come together, and Urban Ecology not only manages this, but does it to good effect. An important revision to inform and inspire at a difficult time."

    Pippin Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town.