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A bibliometric and systematic review of the Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe framework: A guide for the development of further multi-hazard holistic framework

Ali Jamshed, Irfan A. Rana, Joern Birkmann, Joanna M. McMillan, Stefan Kienberger
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 15, No 1 | a1486 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v15i1.1486 | © 2023 Ali Jamshed, Irfan A. Rana, Joern Birkmann, Joanna M. McMillan, Stefan Kienberger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 February 2023 | Published: 27 December 2023

About the author(s)

Ali Jamshed, Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Planning, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Irfan A. Rana, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan
Joern Birkmann, Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Planning, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Joanna M. McMillan, Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Planning, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Stefan Kienberger, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzbur, Salzburg, Austria

Abstract

Conceptual frameworks are vital for identifying relevant components, dimensions and indicators to assess vulnerability to natural hazards and climatic change. Given the fact that vulnerability is applied and used in various disciplines and by multiple schools of thought, several conceptual frameworks to assess and conceptualise vulnerability have been developed. Even though these frameworks have been widely cited in research, the range and context of application and contextual use of such frameworks have rarely been explored. This paper provides a systematic review of the MOVE (Methods for the Improvement of Vulnerability Assessment in Europe) framework. Bibliometric and systematic analyses were performed to better understand who and how the MOVE framework has been taken up by other researchers. The MOVE framework has been widely cited in different research fields. Several studies directly used the framework for assessing vulnerability both in terms of its factors and the different thematic dimensions of vulnerability (e.g. social, physical, ecological). Some studies have used it as a basis for developing context-specific studies of vulnerability and risk assessment frameworks. Finally, we also discuss critiques of the MOVE framework that can provide direction for future vulnerability assessments.

Contribution: Critique of the MOVE framework can be helpful in further improvement and development of a multi-hazard holistic framework that would be flexible enough to support multiple theoretical perspectives in disaster risk and climate change discourses.


Keywords

vulnerability; disaster risk; climate change adaptation; frameworks; IPCC; bibliometric analysis

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