Rethinking the interplay between affluence and vulnerability to aid climate change adaptive capacity
AuthorEriksen, C; Simon, GL; Roth, F; Lakhina, SJ; Wisner, B; Adler, C; Thomalla, F; Scolobig, A; Brady, K; Bruendl, M; ...
Source TitleClimatic Change: an interdisciplinary, international journal devoted to the description, causes and implications of climatic change
University of Melbourne Author/sBrady, Kate
AffiliationMelbourne School of Population and Global Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsEriksen, C., Simon, G. L., Roth, F., Lakhina, S. J., Wisner, B., Adler, C., Thomalla, F., Scolobig, A., Brady, K., Bruendl, M., Neisser, F., Grenfell, M., Maduz, L. & Prior, T. (2020). Rethinking the interplay between affluence and vulnerability to aid climate change adaptive capacity. CLIMATIC CHANGE, 162 (1), pp.25-39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-020-02819-x.
Access StatusOpen Access
Affluence and vulnerability are often seen as opposite sides of a coin-with affluence generally understood as reducing forms of vulnerability through increased resilience and adaptive capacity. However, in the context of climate change and an increase in associated hazards and disasters, we suggest the need to re-examine this dynamic relationship-a complex association we define here as the Affluence-Vulnerability Interface (AVI). We review research in different national contexts to show how a more nuanced understanding of the AVI can (a) problematize the notion that increasing material affluence necessarily has a mitigating influence on social vulnerability, (b) extend our analysis of social vulnerability beyond low-income regions to include affluent contexts and (c) improve our understanding of how psychosocial characteristics influence people's vulnerability. Finally, we briefly outline three methodological approaches that we believe will assist future engagement with the AVI.
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