Urban and Population Geography working group

Flooding in Bangkok: Vulnerability and Adaption in a Social Context

Bangkok Metropolitan Region is subject to periodical and severe flooding triggered by a combination of heavy precipitation and run-off, sea level rise, land subsidence and urban land use in former wetland areas. Furthermore the region is characterized by social and economic inequalities and weak institutions on different spatial levels with respect to flood management, which lead to various types and degrees of vulnerabilities. Against this background, the dissertation project aims at identifying and analyzing social, economic and political factors that determine the vulnerability of households in selected study areas in greater Bangkok. The study areas are the stream island Koh Kred and the inner-city slum Ratchapa-Tubtim-Ruamjai. Subsequently concrete adaptation strategies on the local level but also top-down measures on higher levels are emphasized. Here, the influencing structural conditions, i.e. governance and institutions, are taken into account. The project is based on a qualitative approach consisting of individual interviews and focus groups.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter:Dipl.-Geogr. Frederick Massmann

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