Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71811
Authors: 
Sumner, Andy
Mallett, Rich
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 83
Abstract: 
Much research to date has tended to view vulnerability by discipline or sector, yet individuals and households experience multiple, interacting and sometimes compound vulnerabilities. Cross-disciplinary thinking is emerging as multi-dimensional vulnerability is likely to become an increasingly important concept if the outlook over the next 15 to 25 years is one of multiple, interacting and compound stressors and crises, a result of the perfect-storm or long-crisis thesis of the interaction of demographics, climate change and food and energy prices. A realigned analytical lens is thus useful to bring together the various intellectual strands involved in multi-dimensional vulnerability analysis. In light of the above, this paper reviews the literature on vulnerability and asks what a three-dimensional human wellbeing approach -a complement to more traditional ways of understanding poverty- might contribute to the analysis of vulnerability.
Subjects: 
vulnerability
resilience
poverty
wellbeing
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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