Making space for social inclusion in conceptualising climate change vulnerability

Kathryn Arthurson, Scott Baum

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    Impacts from climate change pose a raft of challenges for societies, governments and policy-makers internationally. The anticipated changes are well documented, including rising sea levels, increased floods and other extreme weather conditions. Much research and policy emphasis has focused on technical and economic aspects. Less debated are questions about different communities’ vulnerabilities, inequitable distributional impacts, social justice issues and how vulnerability links to social inclusion/exclusion. This paper explores a case study mapping social exclusion and vulnerability in Brisbane, Queensland, which found that while communities can be vulnerable through physical aspects of an area when social dimensions are added to the equation it amplifies or exacerbates the scale of vulnerability. The findings also suggest that in developing research agendas and policy debates around climate change, there could be benefits from interlinking the currently separate areas of work on social vulnerability to extreme weather events, to forms and processes of social inclusion/exclusion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalLocal Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability
    Issue number1
    Early online date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


    • climate change
    • climate change vulnerability
    • community vulnerability
    • social exclusion
    • social inclusion


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