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A spectrum of methods for a spectrum of risk: Generating evidence to understand and reduce urban risk in Sub-Saharan Africa

Source(s):  Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
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Many African towns and cities face a range of hazards, which can best be described as representing a “spectrum of risk” of events that can cause death, illness or injury, and impoverishment. Yet despite the growing numbers of people living in African urban centres, the extent and relative severity of these different risks is poorly understood. This paper provides a rationale for using a spectrum of methods to address this array of risk, and demonstrates the utility of mixed‐methods approaches in planning for resilience.

The paper describes activities undertaken in Urban Africa: Risk, Knowledge, a wide‐ranging multi‐country programme of research. The activities use multiple approaches to gather empirical data on risk in order to develop a strong collection of evidence and provide a more solid base for planning and investment. The authors find that methods need to be chosen in regard to social, political, economic, biophysical and hydrogeological contexts, while also recognising the different levels of complexity and institutional capacity in different urban centres.

The paper concludes that as well as the importance of taking individual contexts into account, there are underlying methodological principles – based on multidisciplinary expertise and multi‐faceted and collaborative research endeavours – that can inform a range of related approaches to understanding urban risk in sub‐Saharan Africa and that can break the cycle of risk accumulation.



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  • A spectrum of methods for a spectrum of risk: Generating evidence to understand and reduce urban risk in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Publication date 2018
  • Author(s) Dodman, David et al.
  • Number of pages 9 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 0004-0894, 1475-4762

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