Examining Vulnerability in a Dynamic Urban Setting: The Case of Bangalore's Interstate Migrant Waste Pickers

19 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2017

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Kavya Michael

TERI

Tanvi Deshpande

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

Gina Ziervogel

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Date Written: February 10, 2017

Abstract

Understanding the causality of vulnerability is difficult to do and consequently has received insufficient attention. Root causes of vulnerability needs to be understood and addressed to support adaptation that addresses climate risk and inequality. This paper contributes to this by examining vulnerability from a structural perspective for the case of interstate migrants from West Bengal working as waste pickers in Bangalore’s informal squatter settlements. The research, using qualitative methods, examines complex intersections between a multitude of factors like climate change, agrarian distress, exclusionary patterns of urbanisation and the resultant lack of recognition that shapes and reshapes the vulnerability of a certain group of people. Our findings emphasize the compelling need for vulnerability and adaptation research to focus more on understanding inequality if improving justice is a concern. This focus on justice is insufficiently prioritized in climate change adaptation work.

Keywords: climate change, justice, Bangalore, urban, vulnerability

JEL Classification: Q54, D63,O15,N95

Suggested Citation

Michael, Kavya and Deshpande, Tanvi and Ziervogel, Gina, Examining Vulnerability in a Dynamic Urban Setting: The Case of Bangalore's Interstate Migrant Waste Pickers (February 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2924375

Kavya Michael (Contact Author)

TERI ( email )

DELHI, 11
India

Tanvi Deshpande

Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) ( email )

No. 196/36, 2nd Main
Sadasivanagar
Bangalore, Karnataka 560 080
India

Gina Ziervogel

University of Cape Town (UCT) ( email )

Private Bag X3
Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701
South Africa

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