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Title: Exploring mobility and resilience in the context of climatically driven environmental change : a case study of migration in Anhui Province, China
Author: Tebboth, Mark
ISNI:       0000 0004 5347 2722
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis explores links between mobility and resilience in the context of climatically driven environmental change. Using two villages in Anhui Province, China as a comparative case study, this paper investigates the impact of two types of climatically driven environmental change (a flood and a drought) with a specific focus on the role of mobility. The study employs a novel conceptual framework that uses an adapted version of Leach et al’s (1999) ‘Environmental Entitlements Framework’ to understand the processes, characteristics and outputs that contribute to resilience at different levels of analysis. Through the use of this novel conceptual approach, issues of power and social heterogeneity are explored within a resilience framing, the lack of which is a common criticism of many existing resilience studies. The analysis reveals that, for both communities, those who elected to stay tended to exhibit more resilience than those who were obliged to stay, highlighting the important roles that immobility and choice play in relation to resilience. Significant tension was found between resilience and wellbeing; increases in levels of resilience did not always appear to correspond to increases in wellbeing. The research also reveals interesting inter and intra level interactions between individuals of the same household and between households and the village that threatens the very existence of the villages themselves. The thesis concludes by highlighting the importance of (im)mobility and choice as important influences on resilience, urging for a more critical and cautious use of the concept of resilience with regard to development initiatives and the highlights importance of drawing out interactions between and within different levels of analysis to aid understanding.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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