Vulnerability Analysis, Livelihoods and Disasters

Published on 1 January 2006

There is a dangerous tendency to focus on the natural hazard that triggers disasters. Instead, disaster preparedness must emphasis the need to reduce people’s vulnerability (and increase their capacity to resist hazard impacts). Unfortunately, the term vulnerability is now so widely used that it is becoming meaningless and devalued. This paper shows how vulnerability analysis can be used to be very specific about five key components that generate people’s level of exposure to hazard risks.


Terry Cannon

Emeritus Fellow

Publication details

published by
Taylor and Francis/Balkema
Cannon, T.
Ammann, W., Dannemann, S. and Vulliet, L.


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