Community and institutional responses to the challenges facing poor urban people in an era of global warming in Bangladesh

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Climate change and climate variability is impacting on the living conditions and livelihoods of poor people. Yet most governments in developing countries see climate change purely as a rural problem with impacts on agriculture and food security.

This research seeks to fill this important knowledge gap by exploring how to effectively address the problems of poor urban people, in a context of rapid climate change. It adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective bringing together a team of leading Bangladeshi and UK researchers.

The analytical framework draws on three bodies of theory:

  • political economy of urban change
  • assets of poor urban people
  • adaptive practices of poor people and institutions.

This research has five work packages:

  • WP1 - inventory of challenges for the urban poor
  • WP2 - analysis of adaptive practices
  • WP3 - analysis of institutional structures
  • WP4 - action research
  • WP5 - analysis and policy findings.

These involve a variety of data collection methods:

  • participatory livelihood analysis
  • key informant interviews
  • dialogue with local academics, policymakers and civil society groups
  • action research.

Both qualitative and quantitative analyses of the data from our six field sites will feed into a comparative analysis, synthesis of findings and policy implications.

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Grant Reference: 
RES-167-25-0510
ES/H033793/1
Project Status: 
Closed
Grant Category: 
Research Grant
Lead Organisation Department: 
Environment, Education and Development
Fund Start Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2010
Fund End Date: 
Monday, March 31, 2014
Fund Currency Code: 
GBP
Fund Value: 
449972
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