Program Locations: Gorakhpur, India; Da Nang, Vietnam
Project Duration: August 2012–March 2015
Project Lead: Kate Hawley, Economics Research Associate
To explore the economic returns to what are, in effect, structural changes in key urban systems that alter development and landuse pathways in a manner that reduces vulnerability and increases resilience.
There is a large gap in research around the costs that can be avoided through effective resilience planning at the city level. The Stern Review specifically calls for a greater effort to investigate the specific benefits and costs associated with economy-wide adaptation acknowledging the limited information available related to resilience planning. Efforts have been made to evaluate costs and benefits intervention by intervention, but limited discussion has occurred around investigating the development pathways that enable intervention approaches. Current research into the costs and benefits of flood mitigation techniques further exhibits the limited focus on systems approaches for economic analysis. This proposed research moves beyond the individual intervention approach and global view proposed by the Stern Review and addresses the economics around resilient development pathways. The purpose of this research is To explore the economic returns to what are, in effect, structural changes in key urban systems that alter development and landuse pathways in a manner that reduces vulnerability and increases resilience.
 Stern, N. (2006). Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change, 712pp. Cambridge University Press: London.
The approach taken in this study will include two distinct phases.
The focus will be on systems most affected by climate change (transport, flood management, and shelter systems) along with their implications for landuse and settlement patterns.
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