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Capturing multidimensionality: what does a ‘human wellbeing’ conceptual framework add to the analysis of vulnerability?

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Andy Sumner, Richard Malllet

Original languageEnglish
Article numbern/a
Pages (from-to)671-690
Number of pages20
Issue number2
PublishedSep 2013


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Much research to date has tended to view vulnerability by discipline or sector, despite the fact that individuals and households experience multiple, interacting and sometimes compound vulnerabilities. However, cross-disciplinary thinking on vulnerability has emerged. At the same time, also emergent is an alternative to traditional thinking on poverty, which shifts the focus away from poverty as a static set of deprivations towards poverty as a dynamic set of interacting material, relational and subjective aspects of life in a ‘human wellbeing’ perspective. The contribution of this paper is to bring together these two strands of thinking in order to explore the ways in which a human wellbeing conceptual framework might contribute to the analysis of vulnerability in terms of better capturing the multidimensionality of vulnerability.

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