Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Reclaiming Brownfields

A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties, 1st Edition

By Richard C. Hula

Edited by Laura A. Reese


406 pages

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The environmental legacy of past industrial and agricultural development can simultaneously pose serious threats to human health and impede reuse of contaminated land. The urban landscape around the world is littered with sites contaminated with a variety of toxins produced by past use. Both public and private sector actors are often reluctant to make significant investments in properties that simultaneously pose significant potential human health issues, and may demand complex and very expensive cleanups. The chapters in this volume recognize that land and water contamination are now almost universally acknowledged to be key social, economic, and political issues. How multiple societies have attempted to craft and implement public policy to deal with these issues provides the central focus of the book. The volume is unique in that it provides a global comparative perspective on brownfield policy and examples of its use in a variety of countries.


This volume on brownfields reclamation is a much welcomed scholarly endeavor and an impressive achievement. While much research involving brownfields and urban environmental problems function with imposed definitions and disparate analyses, this research provides a much needed holistic and integrated approach to brownfields specifically, but also the larger urban environmental policy arena in general. Though focused, the major achievement of this exceptional effort is its treatment and placement of urban environmental challenges within a larger context that recognizes and evaluates pollution, people, and place in a comparative and adaptive manner never before done. Such an approach is a major theoretical and practical breakthrough for both scholars and practitioners seeking to assess, evaluate, and resolve urban environmental policy issues. Yet, the greatest triumph of this research is the comparative approach that further underscores the contemporary nature of urban environmental challenges by recognizing that these issues are in fact common across urban areas across the globe. While the international community has recognized our shrinking world across financial, political, and social sectors, this research injects urban environmental policy issue into that global community conversation-a long overdue advance. Hunter Bacot, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, USA

About the Author/Editor

Richard C. Hula is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, Laura A. Reese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP) and Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore is Dean of the Honors College, a Professor with faculty appointments in Social Work and Political Science and an affiliation with the Global Urban Studies Program, all at Michigan State University, USA.

About the Series

Global Urban Studies

Global Urban Studies
Providing cutting edge interdisciplinary research on spatial, political, cultural and economic processes and issues in urban areas across the US and the world, volumes in this series examine the global processes that impact and unite urban areas. The organizing theme of the book series is the reality that behavior within and between cities and urban regions must be understood in a larger domestic and international context. An explicitly comparative approach to understanding urban issues and problems allows scholars and students to consider and analyse new ways in which urban areas across different societies and within the same society interact with each other and address a common set of challenges or issues. Books in the series cover topics which are common to urban areas globally, yet illustrate the similarities and differences in conditions, approaches, and solutions across the world, such as environment/brownfields, sustainability, health, economic development, culture, governance and national security. In short, the Global Urban Studies book series takes an interdisciplinary approach to emergent urban issues using a global or comparative perspective.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban