Production of risk: Multiple interacting exposures and unequal vulnerability in a coastal community

Authors: Greg Oulahen*, Ryerson University
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: hazards, risk, exposure, vulnerability, flood, Crescent Beach
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Muses, Sheraton, 8th Floor


This paper critically reviews the literature on exposure and vulnerability to hazards to refine a conceptual framework for the production of risk. The framework is applied to a case study of Crescent Beach, a coastal community in British Columbia, Canada, to draw conceptual and practical insights to how multiple interacting exposures and unequal vulnerability produce risk. Study findings reveal that exposures, including flood hazards and the rail line that serves to isolate the community, and determinants of vulnerability, including social vulnerability, institutional arrangements, and amenity values, interact in ways that produce unequal local risk.

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