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Complementary Qualitative Methodologies for the Analysis of Intra-urban Socio-environmental Vulnerability in Barcelona (Spain). Case Studies

Version 1 : Received: 19 October 2018 / Approved: 19 October 2018 / Online: 19 October 2018 (11:33:48 CEST)

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Palacios, A.; Mellado, A.; León, Y. Qualitative Methodologies for the Analysis of Intra-Urban Socio-Environmental Vulnerability in Barcelona (Spain): Case Studies. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 116. Palacios, A.; Mellado, A.; León, Y. Qualitative Methodologies for the Analysis of Intra-Urban Socio-Environmental Vulnerability in Barcelona (Spain): Case Studies. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 116.

Journal reference: Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 116
DOI: 10.3390/urbansci2040116

Abstract

The city of Barcelona, ​​like other cities in the world, suffers strong internal socio-economic inequalities. Numerous works have sought to detect, quantify, characterize and / or map existing intra-urban differences, almost always based on quantitative methodologies. With this contribution, we intend to illuminate the complementary role that qualitative methodologies can play in studies on urban socio-environmental vulnerability. We consider aspects that are not quantifiable but that may be inherent to many such vulnerable spaces, both in the constructed environment and in the social ambit. These questions are considered through selected neighborhoods of Barcelona which have been shown (in prior works, mainly studies of quantitative manufacturing) to possess elements of vulnerability including a high presence of immigrants from less-developed countries, low per capita income, aging populations, or low educational levels. The results reveal the multidimensionality of vulnerability in the neighborhoods analyzed, as well as the essential complementarity among methodologies that detect and support possible public actions aimed at reducing or eliminating intra-urban inequalities.

Subject Areas

socio-environmental vulnerability; Barcelona; spatial analysis; qualitative methodology; GIS

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