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Securing resilience to climate change impacts in coastal communities through an environmental justice perspective: A case study of Mangunharjo, Semarang, Indonesia
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Säkra resiliens mot effekterna av klimatförändringar i kustsamhällen genom ett miljörättviseperspektiv: en fallstudie av Mangunharjo, Semarang, Indonesien (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Climate change impacts have been shown to increase the social, economic and ecological vulnerabilities of poor groups in coastal communities of Asian countries. Mangunharjo village in Semarang city, Indonesia, has been identified as vulnerable to sea level rise, coastal erosion, tidal inundation and flooding, and the well-being of residents is threatened due to loss of livelihoods. In order to secure their future, the community has to enhance its resilience to climate change impacts, however, additional factors are undermining thepotential of a resilient and prosperous village. As resilience theory carried out in practice could negatively affect already marginalized people if trade-offs are not identified, a complementing theory is needed.

This study develops a novel joint framework of resilience theory and environmental justice for analyzing the potential of enhancin gthe community’s resilience. It also explores what is needed for the village in order to increase its resilience.

The framework revealed to be successful in identifying root problems and highlighted deficiencies in current resilience strategies. Moreover, the incorporation of environmental justice broadened the perspective of what could weaken the resilience ofthe village. Hence, an environmental justice perspective complements resilience theory as it identifies potential trade-offs and analyzes whose resilience is enhanced. The framework is argued to be a useful tool to secure resilience of a social-ecological system of various scales, however, further research is needed onthe optimal linkages of the two theories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 173 p.
Keyword [en]
resilience, environmental justice, social-ecological system, climate change impacts, coastal community
National Category
Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175468OAI: diva2:861198
Subject / course
Environmental Strategies
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
2015-09-23, 16:27 (English)
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-10-15 Last updated: 2015-11-13Bibliographically approved

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