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Sustainable development challenges: global evidence and case studies in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Nigeria

Bangalore, Mukund (Mook) (2023) Sustainable development challenges: global evidence and case studies in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Nigeria. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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As a global community, we have many overarching goals to improve living standards and the state of our natural environment. To achieve these goals, examining the evolving relationship between human systems and environmental change at the global, national, sub-national, and local level is fundamental. This PhD thesis contributes to the academic and policy discourse and aims to better understand the relationship between environment and development across multiple scales. The empirical studies assembled provide evidence across The Global South and present case studies in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Nigeria on the dynamic relationship people have with environmental change and climate risk. Chapter 1 provides a broad overview of environment and development and investigates the link between poverty and land ecosystems at the global scale. Chapter 2 conducts an empirical case study of multiple sustainable development challenges in Vietnam. Chapter 3 also relates to Vietnam and focuses on one environmental risk which poses a challenge to communities today and in the future: flood risk and climate change. Chapter 4 also focuses on flood impacts and moves beyond exposure to examine vulnerability and the ability to respond of households in Nigeria. Chapter 5 examines how households respond to a policy-induced environmental change, exploring the impact of a cooking fuel conversion program in Indonesia. The evidence gathered through the five chapters of this PhD thesis further strengthen the call to integrate environmental considerations in economic development and poverty reduction policies. Despite the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead in an era of climate change, opportunities exist to support the livelihoods of the poorest, protect the environment, and build more resilient economic systems.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2023 Mukund (Mook) Bangalore
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment

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