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An Overview of Different Vulnerability Approaches and Definitions

An Overview of Different Vulnerability Approaches and Definitions

NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 8

by Martin Cassel-Gintz
Bern, NCCR North-South 2007

This paper provides an overview of the development of the concept of vulnerability and related concepts for discussion in the NCCR North-South. It draws on various activities related to concepts of vulnerability during the first phase of the NCCR North-South programme (2001-2004), and attempts to provide ideas for a usable framework for the second phase.
Vulnerability is one of the overarching concepts used in the programme. The fact that it is used by different researchers in different projects, and therefore by different disciplines, already suggests that there is no single vulnerability con-cept but a multitude of different approaches and concepts dealing with vulnerability in circulation among members of the programme. The paper introduces those concepts that were discussed in depth by a group of researchers on the occasion of several workshops and other programme-related activities, and that have thus been singled out as important for the programme.

Cassel-Gintz M. 2007. An Overview of Different Vulnerability Approaches and Definitions. NCCR North-South Dialogue No 8. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.

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