Book Launch: The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet

On Wednesday 15th May 2019, in Adelaide Town Hall, Australia, David Ness held a hugely successful launch for his new book The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet.

This book challenges the status quo where profligate building and urban development is described as ‘green’ and ‘low carbon’, exposing a number of ‘elephants in the big green room’ that severely impact upon society and the environment. It questions the ethics, equity and sustainability of continued growth of the building stock in industrialized contexts amid diminishing demand, whilst the developing world is deprived of basic resources and infrastructure. Even a ‘circular’ built environment may not go far enough, when dramatic reduction in consumption of resources is required to meet ‘sufficient’ service levels. More socio-economic value may be derived from built resources by their stewardship, adaptation, reuse and equitable sharing, while ameliorating the adverse impacts of overconsumption. By taking a wider perspective of a sustainable built environment, the text—illustrated by case studies from the Olympics and nine countries—reframes the policy debate and reforms current approaches through a new theory and manifesto. It will appeal to policy makers, architects, urban designers, educators, students and green building practitioners.

Please see below for some photos of David at the event:


Book launch – Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence

We are delighted to share news that Apollo N. Makubuya’s book Protection, Patronage, or Plunder? British Machinations and (B)uganda’s Struggle for Independence was launched successfully at Mestil Hotel in Kampala on Tuesday the 11th  of December 2018.


A full report and account of the launch can be read here, and please see below for a TV excerpt from Uganda’s national broadcaster.

The book is available directly from Cambridge Scholars Publishing now in hardback, and will be published in due course in a cheaper paperback version. For more information, please contact

Book launch: PaintingDigitalPhotography

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and Difference in the Age of Media EquivalenceBorn out of the PaintingDigitalPhotography conference, held at QUAD Derby, UK, in May 2017, the collection investigates aspects of interconnectivity between painting, digital and photography in contemporary art practices. It contributes to critical discourses around networks of associations by examining where syntheses occur, and differences remain, between these mediums at the beginning of the twenty first century.

On Wednesday 26th of September a book launch was held at the University of Derby by Carl Robinson, editor of the collection and Head of Fine Art at the University of Derby. Carl’s ongoing PhD research follows the theme of the book, combining paint and digital photography into single pieces, with the broader aim of rethinking the borders and boundaries of painting in our digital age. Below are some photos from the book launch, and the book itself can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here. Please use the discount code PDP20 to receive a 20% discount off the book. For more information about Carl, go to his website here.

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Book in one hand, drink in the other, flanked by ‘thingness’
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The book launch venue
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Carl and the book


Honoring Egyptian Women’s Voices on International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy – Cairo

Press Release  

March 8, 2017

CAIRO – On the occasion of March 8, International Women’s Day, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo convened a symposium to celebrate the publication of the book Daughters of the Nile.  Compiled by Professor Samia Spencer of Auburn University, Daughters of the Nile features the stories of 38 Egyptian women whose bold visions have helped promote change.  Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Association of Cairo, the symposium featured panel discussions with several of the women profiled in the book.  Al Arabiya Cairo Bureau Chief Randa Abu Al-Azm moderated the discussions, and Hoda Badran, Head of the Egyptian Feminist Union, delivered closing remarks.

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Cultural Studies Approaches in the Study of Eastern European Cinema: Spaces, Bodies, Memories

The “spatial”, the “bodily” and the “memory turn” define this collection’s structure, made of an overview study and 12 case-studies of post-1989 Eastern European film and cinema. Concepts like space representation and construction are explored through national cinemas and films.

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