MOVE: Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe
MOVE is an EU Framework 7 project (EU FP7 Grant agreement no. 211590) for which Dr. Mark Pelling, assisted by Dr. Rukhe Zehra Zaidi, will be leading the research done at King's.
Background and focus of research:
MOVE is an integrated collaborative project with 12 other partners across Europe. The broad aims of MOVE are to create knowledge, frameworks and methods for the assessment of vulnerability to natural hazards in Europe to help improve societal and environmental resilience.
The contribution of King’s researchers is split over several tasks. A significant contribution will be to review conceptual and methodological work on institutional vulnerability and the up- and down-scaling of qualitative data on vulnerability.
Research also includes detailed case study work in London applying a qualitative methodology for the assessment of institutional vulnerability. The risks to be examined are heat-shock and drought. Specifically this work will involve:
(1) Collection of secondary socio-economic, land use and health data.
(2) A review of methodologies for the measurement of health, socio-economic and cultural vulnerability to heat stress and drought at scales from the local to city region, building on past vulnerability assessment work.
(3) Household level research to generate additional fine resolution data for selected urban vulnerability hotspots.
(4) A focus on aspects of behavioural adaptation to heat and drought made by managers as well as those at risk, and values associated with cultural vulnerability.
(5) Development and testing of criteria and indicators to measure the role of critical infrastructure in shaping city-wide vulnerability to drought and heat hazards with a focus on institutional components.
(6) Comparative analysis with other urban regions in MOVE (Barcelona and Bonn-Cologne).
(7) Dissemination of results through academic publication and presentations.
For more information please see the project website