Assets, livelihoods, and the ‘profile approach’ for analysis of differentiated social vulnerability in the context of climate change

Fischer, H W and Chhatre, A (2015) Assets, livelihoods, and the ‘profile approach’ for analysis of differentiated social vulnerability in the context of climate change. Environment and Planning A. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

It is commonly acknowledged that the world’s rural poor are vulnerable to loss and suffering from global climatic change, but there remains disagreement about how vulnerability should be defined and measured. In this paper, we advance the “profile approach” to vulnerability analysis, illustrated through a cluster analysis of livelihoods and assets of 521 households in India. Our approach focuses on household differentiation as a means to tease apart the causes and conditions that shape variegated exposures to risk. By exploring how vulnerability unfolds through specific constellations of factors on the ground, we believe that the profile approach will serve as a useful tool to build theory on the causes and conditions that shape household vulnerability in different contexts and to aid in the formulation of better-targeted interventions.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Fischer, H WUNSPECIFIED
Chhatre, Ahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: social vulnerability, climate change
Subjects: Socio Political System
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2015 14:55
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2015 14:55
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/467
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org./10.1177/0308518X15623278
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0308-518X/
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