Business and Environmental Risks

Spatial Interactions Between Environmental Hazards and Social Vulnerabilities in Ibero-America

  • Diego A. Vázquez-Brust
  • José A. Plaza-Úbeda
  • Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez
  • Claudia E. Natenzon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. José A. Plaza-Úbeda, Claudia E. Natenzon, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez, Julieta Barrenechea
    Pages 1-14
  3. Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, Claudia E. Natenzon, Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez, José A. Plaza-Úbeda, Sergio D. López
    Pages 15-33
  4. Anabel Calvo, Mariana L. Caspani, Julieta Barrenechea, Claudia E. Natenzon
    Pages 35-52
  5. Sergio D. López, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust
    Pages 53-67
  6. Luis Augusto Ballivián-Céspedes, Yolanda Bueno-Cachadiña, Sergio D. López
    Pages 69-90
  7. Claudia E. Natenzon, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, Sergio D. López
    Pages 91-116
  8. José A. Plaza-Úbeda, Julieta Barrenechea, Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez, Miguel Pérez-Valls, Sergio D. López
    Pages 117-135
  9. Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, José A. Plaza-Úbeda, Claudia E. Natenzon
    Pages 137-144
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 145-150

About this book


Based on detailed research funded across two continents and involving universities in Argentina, Spain and the UK, this book sets out an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to assessing both environmental and social risks in a given territorial area. Using data from a number of Ibero-American nations, the study combines environmental, socio-economic and geographic factors to construct a set of spatial and technical indicators that measure the social vulnerability and industrial hazardousness of a defined area. Aggregating these indicators in a geographic information system (GIS) allows researchers to assess the potential risk to which a certain area and its population are subject as a result of the environmental deterioration caused by co-located industrial activity.


The authors perform this assessment at two levels: a regional one that identifies average risk over large administrative areas such as provinces, and at a more detailed scale they name the ‘census unit’, to determine the distribution in the locality of risk-laden and contaminating industries. The methodology applied allows for greater accuracy and detail in identifying geographical variations in calculating the levels of risk within a single country. It also facilitates more productive comparisons different countries in Ibero-America.


Environmental Risks Ibero-America Social Vulnerability Spatial Analysis Sustainability Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Diego A. Vázquez-Brust
    • 1
  • José A. Plaza-Úbeda
    • 2
  • Jerónimo de Burgos-Jiménez
    • 3
  • Claudia E. Natenzon
    • 4
  1. 1.Cardiff UniversityBRASSCardiffUnited Kingdom
  2. 2., Dept. Company Direction and ManagementUniversity of AlmeriaAlmeríaSpain
  3. 3., Dept. Company Direction and ManagementUniversity of AlmeriaAlmeríaSpain
  4. 4.University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Philosophy and LettersInstitute of GeographyBuenos AiresArgentina

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