New book publications by UCD geographers

Oke, T. R., Mills, Gerald, Christen, A., & Voogt, J. A. (2017). Urban climates. Cambridge University Press.

Urban Climates is the first full synthesis of modern scientific and applied research on urban climates. The book begins with an outline of what constitutes an urban ecosystem. It develops a comprehensive terminology for the subject using scale and surface classification as key constructs. It explains the physical principles governing the creation of distinct urban climates, such as airflow around buildings, the heat island, precipitation modification and air pollution, and it then illustrates how this knowledge can be applied to moderate the undesirable consequences of urban development and help create more sustainable and resilient cities. With urban climate science now a fully-fledged field, this timely book fulfills the need to bring together the disparate parts of climate research on cities into a coherent framework. It is an ideal resource for students and researchers in fields such as climatology, urban hydrology, air quality, environmental engineering and urban design. The book has already received outstanding reviews from international scholars and climatology experts.


Heffernan, E., McHale, J. and Moore-Cherry, Niamh (2017) Debating Austerity in Ireland: crisis, experience and recovery. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy

The austerity that followed the recent economic and financial crisis has led to impassioned debates across the social sciences and the public at large. Although Ireland was not its only victim, the depth of the interacting economic, banking and budgetary crises has meant that the level of public interest has been especially intense. Among the hotly debated questions: what is austerity? Was it necessary? What have been its consequences? One of the defining features of the debate to date has been its tendency to polarise opinion and adopt a one-dimensional perspective. This book challenges us to adopt a more nuanced approach to understandings of austerity, and by extension the path to recovery. The book brings together leading national and international experts from across the social sciences to debate this traumatic period in Ireland’s economic and social development. The papers were selected from a conference at the Royal Irish Academy, peer-reviewed and rewritten with the addition of a substantial introduction and conclusion by the editors.


Ferretti, Federico, Barrera de la Torre, G., Ince, A. and Toro, F.  (2017). Historical Geographies of Anarchism: Early Critical Geographers and Present-Day Scientific Challenges. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.