Measuring and conveying social vulnerability Chapter uri icon


  • 2013 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Having a mechanism for understanding a communitys vulnerabilities and capacities in a systematic fashion is necessary for fully translating the concepts of social vulnerability into research and practice. Community vulnerability assessments (CVAs) can put valuable information into the hands of all decision makers, including the public, policy makers, emergency managers, and numerous other members of a community. Most importantly, CVA can incorporate community voices along with traditional data sources, providing a mechanism for participation and a basis for action for all potentially affected groups. This chapter focuses on CVA approaches, including data needs and outcomes. As a result of this chapter, readers should be able to.

altmetric score

  • 20.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Thomas, D., Hyde, I., & Meyer, M. A.

citation count

  • 103

complete list of authors

  • Thomas, DSK||Hyde, I||Meyer, MA

Book Title

  • Social Vulnerability to Disasters

publication date

  • January 2013