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Type: Journal article
Title: Post-disaster resettlement and livelihood vulnerability in rural China
Author: Chen, Y.
Tan, Y.
Luo, Y.
Citation: Disaster Prevention and Management: an international journal, 2017; 26(1):65-78
Publisher: Emerald
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0965-3562
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Yong Chen, Yan Tan, Yong Luo
Abstract: Purpose – Livelihood recovery is a top priority to sustain resettled communities. The purpose of this paper is to assess livelihood vulnerability of those displaced and resettled in the aftermath of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, China, based on a newly constructed locational adjustable framework. Design/methodology/approach – The study takes two resettlement villages in Sichuan Province as case study areas. Face-to-face surveys using a structured questionnaire and semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted to collect primary data in 2012-2013. Findings – The findings show that distant resettlement of people post the Wenchuan earthquake has resulted in an increased livelihood vulnerability within resettlers and that they face more hazards post-resettlement when compared to host residents in the resettlement areas. Research limitations/implications – The indicators considered for the livelihood vulnerability index (LVI) are only a subset that represents typical factors applicable in the context of rural settings of China. The LVI may vary if more indicators are incorporated or coefficients obtained using different methods. Social implications – Highlights should be placed on livelihood assets and hazards to livelihood of the displaced people. During the transition period there is a pressing need for greater efforts to enhance migrants’ employment skills and assist them to restore viable livelihood activities. Originality/value – This paper constructs a locational adjustable framework for analyzing and assessing livelihood vulnerability of disaster-induced resettlers from three aspects: livelihood hazards, livelihood assets and coping strategies.
Keywords: China; livelihood asset; livelihood vulnerability; post-disaster resettlement; Wenchuan earthquake; disaster-induced resettlement
Rights: © Emerald Publishing Limited
DOI: 10.1108/DPM-07-2016-0130
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