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Coping with Regional Vulnerability

Preventing and Mitigating Damages from Environmental Disasters

  • Kiyoko Hagihara
  • Chisato Asahi
  • Defines vulnerability in a broad sense from the point of view of a regional perspective as well as the concepts of sustainability, survivability, and well-being

  • Appeals to various interests with an interdisciplinary approach drawing upon economics, civil engineering, regional planning, public health, and risk management

  • Demonstrates that regional varieties of models from rural to urban and from developing to developed countries are important for formulating a practical risk management policy


Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Overview and Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kiyoko Hagihara, Chisato Asahi
      Pages 3-19
    3. Yoshimi Hagihara, Kiyoko Hagihara
      Pages 21-41
  3. Socioeconomic Vulnerability in a Regional Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Kiyoko Hagihara, Yoshimi Hagihara
      Pages 45-63
    3. Daisuke Kamiya
      Pages 85-102
    4. Akira Sakai, Kunio Takahashi, Maiko Sakamoto, Yoshimi Hagihara, Kiyoko Hagihara
      Pages 103-118
    5. Akira Sakai, Maiko Sakamoto, Kunio Takahashi
      Pages 119-130
  4. Evaluation of Regional Vulnerability

  5. Risk Management of Regional Vulnerability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Chisato Asahi, Kiyoko Hagihara
      Pages 243-269
    3. Sho Shibata, Kiyoko Hagihara, Yoshimi Hagihara, Akira Sakai
      Pages 271-290

About this book


Whether a natural event turns into a disaster depends on the severity of the hazard as well as the condition of the social sphere of its potential victims, i.e., vulnerability. We focus on regional vulnerability considering the fact that regional socioeconomic conditions determine the aspects of the damage and thus the risk management policy. This book provides the theory and methodology to understand and cope with regional vulnerability through an interdisciplinary approach. The fields mainly included in this work are welfare and environmental economics, the planning and management area of civil engineering, and risk management. In particular, we focus on hazard and vulnerability surrounding water issues and provide readers with knowledge of how the regional analysis is incorporated into the vulnerability analysis. Also considered is what risk management should be when the diversified regional background of the vulnerability is taken into account. A feature of this book is that it provides contrastive regional coverage: the vulnerability of a developed country—urban and regional areas of Japan—and that of a developing country, Bangladesh. The contents consist of three parts: (1) Socioeconomic Vulnerability in a Regional Perspective, (2) Evaluation of Regional Vulnerability, and (3) Coping with Regional Vulnerability. This book is highly recommended to researchers who need an up-to-date and interdisciplinary approach to deal with risk management where regional vulnerability plays an important role.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kiyoko Hagihara
    • 1
  • Chisato Asahi
    • 2
  1. 1.School of SociologyBukkyo UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Division of Urban PolicyTokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachiojiJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Coping with Regional Vulnerability
  • Book Subtitle Preventing and Mitigating Damages from Environmental Disasters
  • Editors Kiyoko Hagihara
    Chisato Asahi
  • Series Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-55168-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-56272-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-55169-0
  • Series ISSN 2199-5974
  • Series E-ISSN 2199-5982
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIII, 362
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Social Policy
    Environmental Economics
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