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Where is Azerbaijan’s Social Inequality & Environmental Vulnerability situated?

Authors: Chelsea Cervantes De Blois*, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Minneapolis, MN
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Hazards and Vulnerability, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Azerbaijan, environmental vulnerability, population movement, risk, social inequality, industrial hazards, toxic hot spots
Session Type: Paper
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Previous literature linking industrial hazards and environmental changes to social inequality and population redistribution has generally focused on developed countries. Moreover, there is scant research on this intersection in the post-Soviet nations. We pair toxic hotspot data from the Toxic Site Identification Program and Azerbaijan’s national census data to examine which regions have population movement in response to the community’s vulnerability to environmental shifts and socio-economic determinants. The mapped results paired with the in-country interviews confirm there is internal population movement associated with social inequality and environmental changes. The maps show population movement from the industrial toxic hot spots and high rates of infant mortality and unemployment. Our study contributes to research linking environmental changes, industrial hazards, population redistribution, and population health in understudied nations such as former soviet states and developing regions to inform policies addressing environmental vulnerability and social inequality.

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