Economics and Business
The Affective Negotiation of Slum Tourism: City Walks in Delhi
M. A. H. Dempster, Juho Kanniainen, “High-Performance Computing in Finance: Problems, Methods, and Solutions”
Unsustainable Transport and Transition in China
When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk
Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management
?The Affective Negotiation of Slum Tourism: City Walks in Delhi
Routledge | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1138729892 | 194 pages | PDF | 6.13 mb
by Tore Holst (Author)
Each year, approximately a million tourists visit slum areas on guided tours as a part of their holiday to Asia, Africa or Latin America. This book analyses the cultural encounters that take place between slum tourists and former street children, who work as tour guides for a local NGO in Delhi, India.
Slum tours are typically framed as both tourist performances, bought as commodities for a price on the market, and as appeals for aid that tourists encounter within an altruistic discourse of charity. This book enriches the tourism debate by interpreting tourist performances as affective economies, identifying tour guides as emotional labourers and raising questions on the long-term impacts of economically unbalanced encounters with representatives of the Global North, including the researcher.
This book studies the ‘feeling rules’ governing a slum tour and how they shape interactions. When do guides permit tourists to exoticise the slum and feel a thrilling sense of disgust towards the effects of abject poverty, and when do they instead guide them towards a sense of solidarity with the slum’s inhabitants? What happens if the tourists rebel and transgress the boundaries delimiting the space of comfortable affective negotiation constituted by the guides? This book will be essential reading for undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers working within the fields of Human Geography, Slum Tourism Research, Subaltern Studies and Development Studies.
About the Author
Tore Holst is External lecturer at Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, where he teaches mobility, migration, postcolonial literature, epistemology and the correlation between modernity and colonialism. He obtained his PhD from Roskilde University in 2016, with a thesis which this book is based on. He has also published postcolonial literature and focused on how the colonial relation between the Danish state and Greenland becomes visible when climate narratives are enacted and disseminated via the media.
?M. A. H. Dempster, Juho Kanniainen, “High-Performance Computing in Finance: Problems, Methods, and Solutions”
2018 | ISBN-10: 1482299666 | 634 pages | PDF | 21 MB
High-Performance Computing (HPC) delivers higher computational performance to solve problems in science, engineering and finance. There are various HPC resources available for different needs, ranging from cloud computing– that can be used without much expertise and expense – to more tailored hardware, such as Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) or D-Wave’s quantum computer systems. High-Performance Computing in Finance is the first book that provides a state-of-the-art introduction to HPC for finance, capturing both academically and practically relevant problems.
?Unsustainable Transport and Transition in China
Routledge | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1138934518 | 242 pages | PDF | 17.88 MB
by Becky PY Loo (Author)
This book discusses various transport sustainability issues from the perspective of developing countries, exploring key issues, problems and potential solutions for improving transport sustainability in China. It first reviews the current transport sustainability baselines in the three key dimensions of environmental, economic and social sustainability, via an international comparison encompassing both developed and developing countries in different world regions. Then, with a time frame up to 2030, the study groups 100 major Chinese cities according to their baseline conditions, projected population and economic growth, and common sustainability challenges in passenger transport.
A systematic attempt is made to discuss the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of various emerging sustainable transport strategies, including the metro systems, bus rapid transit, light rail, bicycles (and e-bicycles), electric vehicles and walking. Based on the different city clusters identified, the study then explores the opportunities and constraints of introducing a range of emerging sustainable transport strategies through both statistical analysis and detailed fieldwork. Future directions and challenges are identified based on official documents, onsite observations and interviews with local people. The study concludes with thoughts on sustainable transport in smart cities, the importance of governance, local participation, internal and external city movements, and towards a holistic sustainable transport plan.
Unsustainable Transport and Transition in China will be of great interest to scholars interested in carbon emissions, climate change, environmental policy, planning, road safety, sustainability, transportation and urban studies, and is relevant to China and other developing countries.
“As the second largest global economy, China has an instrumental role to play in the transition to sustainable mobility. This landmark book provides the context and a detailed analysis of progress towards sustainable transport at the national and city levels, together with future options and global lessons.” ―David Banister, Professor Emeritus of Transport Studies, University of Oxford, UK
“This book integrates solid theoretical knowledge, multi-level geographical analysis and the empirical situation in China in exploring various unsustainable transport challenges. There are practical guides on local sustainable transport plans for different city clusters. With the author’s forward-looking knowledge and vigorous research, this book offers invaluable insights about China’s search for a sustainable transport transition.” ― Chai Yanwei, Professor in the Department of Urban and Economic Geography, College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China
“An intellectual ‘tour de force’ on developing a sustainable transport system. After analysis of sustainability concerns and transport challenges and international benchmarking, Professor Loo looks to the future of cities identifying ten key drivers of mobility, three types of city cluster, a sustainable transport toolbox and sustainable transport strategies.” ― Richard Knowles, Professor of Transport Geography, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
“The next 10 to 15 years will be a critical time for development transition in China. Many cities are now exploring new urbanization roadmaps and this book provides us with very valuable methodologies and policy recommendations that are based on broad international perspectives and diversified local contexts in mainland China.” ― Haixiao Pan, Professor in the Department of Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
About the Author
Becky P.Y. Loo is Professor of Geography at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include transportation, e-technologies (defined as microelectronics, informatics and telecommunications) and society. In particular, she excels in spatial analysis, surveys, behavioural modelling, transport carbon emissions, regional infrastructure, transit-oriented development, walkable communities, and road safety.
?When Science and Politics Collide: The Public Interest at Risk
Praeger | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 144085937X | 228 pages | PDF | 13.45 MB
by Robert O. Schneider (Author)
This book explains why science and politics collide, why this is an especially critical problem at this precise time in U.S. history, and what should be done to ensure that science and politics coincide.
• Shows the contentious science/policy relationship through examples of current controversies
• Argues that America’s historic commitment to scientific progress, human rights, and democracy is at risk
• Emphasizes the importance of science to intelligent public policymaking
• Offers suggestions for how to improve the communication between science and politics
About the Author
Robert O. Schneider, PhD (political science), is professor of public administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is author of Managing the Climate Crisis: Assessing our Risks, Options, and Prospects.
?Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management
CSIRO | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1486307906 | 184 pages | PDF | 21.89 MB
by Damian Michael (Author), David Lindenmayer (Author)
Rocky outcrops are landscape features with disproportionately high biodiversity values relative to their size. They support specialized plants and animals, and a wide variety of endemic species. To Indigenous Australians, they are sacred places and provide valuable resources. Despite their ecological and cultural importance, many rocky outcrops and associated biota are threatened by agricultural and recreational activities, forestry and mining operations, invasive weeds, altered fire regimes and climate change.
Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management contains chapters on why this habitat is important, the animals that live and depend on these formations, key threatening processes, and how rocky outcrops can be managed to improve biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes, state forests and protected areas. This book will be an important reference for landholders, landcare groups, naturalists interested in Australian wildlife and natural resource managers.
About the Author
Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, herpetology and understanding the ecological importance of rocky outcrops in agricultural landscapes. He manages several large-scale biodiversity monitoring programs in New South Wales and has published 90 scientific papers and six books.