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New paper published on The Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences!

Vulnerability and Geoethical Responses to Flooding in Informal Settlements

The Journal of Geoethics and Social Geoscience published a new open access article on 10 January 2024.

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The article can be cited as follows:

Amir L.A., Tiwari P. and Misra S. (2023). Vulnerability and Geoethical Responses to Flooding in Informal Settlements: A Dual Study from Western Cape, South Africa, and Odisha, India. Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences, 1(2), 1–42.


Climate change has led to an increase in the frequency and magnitude of hurricanes, floods and wildfires. These events can have devastating impacts on human lives, infrastructure and the environment. Floods, in particular, are a major concern in many regions, as they can lead to widespread damage. Informal settlements are the most vulnerable places where marginalized communities are highly exposed to the risk and the impacts of floods, as they often lack proper infrastructure and are located in low-lying areas. Combining geosciences, human, and social sciences, with in mind, geoethics principles applied to disaster risk reduction, this work intends to analyze factors associated with flooding in the Western Cape (southwest South Africa) and in Odisha (West Bengal, India) for two case studies of informal settlements where people are at a higher risk because of prior vulnerabilities.


Floods, Informal settlements, Social, Geoethics, Vulnerability, Western Cape, South Africa, Odisha, India


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