Understanding urban risks as encompassing socio-ecological phenomena.

Abstract : The multi-scale biophysical, social and political-economic causal factors that shape damages in the case of landslides in Caracas and Quito can be assessed with the PAR model. But we need to put the stress on two more dimensions that could improve it. 1- Representations and discourses on risks, its management and policies, contribute to the framing of vulnerability. Timeline for risk construction is not unidirectional. Risks are a never-end becoming process. 2- Humanizing environment (therefore shaping risks) relies on the way human - environment interactions are addressed by people, institutions or even researchers. Epistemological backgrounds do matter. The territorialisation of risks can be a useful conceptual framework to figure out the main vulnerability drivers in a place. It corresponds to the ways risks are produced (multi-layered vulnerability); to the implications of risks (as instruments that shape vulnerability); and to the ways different actors conceptualize risks (the framing of research object influences vulnerability).
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Julien Rebotier. Understanding urban risks as encompassing socio-ecological phenomena.. ICARUS II conference - Climate vulnerability and adaptation, May 2011, Ann Arbor, United States. ⟨halshs-00601771⟩

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