ArticlePDF Available

Abstract and Figures

This article proposes a quantitative analysis to measure social vulnerability in a urban space, specifically in the area of the Municipality of Rome. Social vulnerability can be defined as a situation in which people are characterized by a condition of multidimensional deprivation that encompasses multiple aspects of life and exposes population to different risks and hazards produced by natural, environmental, socioeconomic and epidemic factors. The analysis that follows presents the use of multivariate methods and models to provide an index for every dimensions of vulnerability (housing quality, social context, education, employment, urban mobility, social relations and economic conditions) and a global index for mapping social vulnerability. The analysis also succeeds in identifying significant vulnerability spatial patterns and to measure how and if vulnerability can be different in case of an observed heterogeneity in urban space.
This content is subject to copyright. Terms and conditions apply.
Vol.:(0123456789)
Social Indicators Research (2021) 157:1179–1201
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-021-02680-0
1 3
ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through
Multivariate Methods andModels
CristinaDavino1 · MarcoGherghi1· SilviaSorana2· DomenicoVistocco3
Accepted: 25 March 2021 / Published online: 28 April 2021
© The Author(s) 2021
Abstract
This article proposes a quantitative analysis to measure social vulnerability in a urban
space, specifically in the area of the Municipality of Rome. Social vulnerability can be
defined as a situation in which people are characterized by a condition of multidimensional
deprivation that encompasses multiple aspects of life and exposes population to different
risks and hazards produced by natural, environmental, socioeconomic and epidemic fac-
tors. The analysis that follows presents the use of multivariate methods and models to pro-
vide an index for every dimensions of vulnerability (housing quality, social context, educa-
tion, employment, urban mobility, social relations and economic conditions) and a global
index for mapping social vulnerability. The analysis also succeeds in identifying significant
vulnerability spatial patterns and to measure how and if vulnerability can be different in
case of an observed heterogeneity in urban space.
Keywords Composite indicators· Social vulnerability· Multivariate analysis· Urban space
1 Introduction
The need to understand the social phenomena linked to urban spaces comes from the fact
that the concentration of millions of people in urban areas is very often accompanied by
various forms of inequality such as unequal access to resources, services, employment
* Cristina Davino
cristina.davino@unina.it
Marco Gherghi
marco.gherghi@unina.it
Silvia Sorana
ssorana@gmail.com
Domenico Vistocco
domenico.vistocco@unina.it
1 Department ofEconomics andStatistics, University ofNaples Federico II, Naples, Italy
2 Department ofPolitical Sciences, Communications andInternational Relationships, University
ofMacerata, Macerata, Italy
3 Department ofPolitical Science, University ofNaples Federico II, Naples, Italy
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1180
C.Davino et al.
1 3
opportunities and training. The configuration of urban spaces assumes a prominent role
because it enables individuals to flourish, aspire and be able to escape poverty, illness and
other serious forms of deprivation. The shape of the city, its mutation and expansion are
the most tangible products of this type of interaction.
This paper aims to assess social vulnerability by identifying its dimensions and analys-
ing its distribution at urban scale. The ultimate goal is the detection of city’s areas most
exposed to new social risks.
The proposed quantitative analysis is based on the consideration that vulnerability is a
complex concept that cannot be directly operationalised through a single indicator but it is
a composite indicator (CI) obtained as a combination of several indicators. In this regard,
multidimensional data analysis can support in facing the main issues in the CI construc-
tion. In essence, the main challenges of the current state of the art in CI construction per-
tain to the selection of indicators, the identification of a proper system of weights for each
dimension and each indicator and the adoption of an aggregation method that can account
for such weights (Nardo etal. 2005; Cherchye etal. 2007; Davino and Romano 2013).
In this paper we exploit Multiple Factorial Analysis (Escofier and Pagés 1988) to
synthesize all the observed indicators taking into account the role played by the differ-
ent vulnerability dimensions. Since social vulnerability can be quite different according
to the presence of heterogeneity (for example according to the different areas of a city) we
exploit Quantile Regression (Koenker and Basset 1978) to measure if living in specific
areas can play a different role in places characterised by low, medium or high vulnerability.
The empirical analysis refers to the measurement of vulnerability in the Municipality of
Rome according to a set of indicators constructed from the data of the fourteenth census of
the Italian housing and population authority. The census data, collected at individual level,
required an intensive pre-processing phase to obtain indicators referring to the neighbour-
hoods that represent the units of analysis of the paper.
All computations were done using the R package FactoMineR1 (Lê etal. 2008) dedi-
cated to multivariate Exploratory Data Analysis and the XLSTAT software (XLSTAT
2017), a complete statistical add-in for Microsoft Excel.2
The paper is organised as follows. Section 2 defines the concept of social vulnerabil-
ity while the methodology used to identify the dimensions of social vulnerability in urban
spaces is described in Sect.3. Section4 introduces the main issues related to the CIs con-
struction and the multivariate methods and models used in the empirical analysis. Data are
presented in Sect.5 from a univariate and bivariate point of view while Sect.6 shows the
results of the multivariate analysis. The paper concludes with some final remarks high-
lighting implications for policy in Sect.7.
2 Background: Social Vulnerability andtheNew Social Risks
Vulnerability can be described as ‘a life situation in which the autonomy and self-deter-
mination of individuals are permanently threatened by an unstable inclusion into the main
system of social inclusion and distribution of resources’ (Ranci 2002). The crisis of these
systems of integration and distribution, which are identified in the role played by the labour
1 http:// facto miner. free. fr/.
2 https:// www. xlstat. com/ en/.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1181
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
market, the family and the system of public welfare, gives rise to what Esping-Andersen
(1999) identifies as a ‘new class of losers’: people living in households of people who are
jobless, one-parent families, families on a single income, and people with disabilities. In
this framework, it is interesting to observe individual, social and environmental factors that
can determine poverty and a process of social isolation and impoverishment.
The concept of poverty, traditionally understood as a lack of sufficient income, now
appears to be limited; the individual, her/his family dimension and information about hous-
ing and living zone become indispensable to identify the real conditions of social, eco-
nomic and cultural inclusion (Negri and Saraceno 2004; Ranci 2002) and her/his capacity
and opportunities to respond and recover from natural, environmental, socioeconomic and
epidemic hazards.
The observation of new social risks (Ranci 2002; Taylor-Gooby 2004) has been
enriched by the concept of social vulnerability (Ranci 2010), which has been substantially
amended several times and adapted to different contexts. Several frameworks, model and
assessment techniques have been provided following different approaches-. A first systema-
tization is offered by Chambers (1989), who identifies two types of vulnerabilities: one
external and one internal. The former refers to risks faced by individuals and families; the
latter concerns the lack of means to counter these risks. Conversely, Moser (1998) identi-
fies two dimensions in the context of the analysis of vulnerability: sensitivity, which is the
force that the system is able to exercise so as to respond to an external event, and resil-
ience, which is the ease and rapidity with which a system is able to react to negative effects
caused by an external event. The second approach assigns a key role to the means that
individuals possess. In particular, Moser argues that a greater amount of goods determines
a lower vulnerability.
Watts and Bohle (1993) investigate vulnerability by employing three different dimen-
sions of risk: exposure, capacity and potentiality. The first is the risk of being exposed to
dangers; the second is the risk of not having sufficient and adequate capacity to face with
the dangers; the third is the risk represented by the consequences of the events of crisis,
shock and stress. This approach takes into account the dichotomy between internal and
external vulnerability. The degree to which population is vulnerable to risks and hazards
can be interpreted by considering the physical nature of hazards and the social character-
istics of the population. There is a fundamental relationship among demographic, social
and political characteristics of the population and place. For this reason several approaches
explored how physical and social phenomena interplay with geographic characteristics:
the exposure model investigates the conditions that determine vulnerability of people and
place (Burton et al. 1993; Anderson 2000); a second model considers vulnerability as a
social condition and measures the resilience of the population (Blaikie etal. 1994; Hewitt
1997; Cutter etal. 2008); a third approach integrates the previous two models (exposure
and resilience) to analyse specific places and regions, and in particular the conditions that
determine vulnerability of people and place (Kasperson et al. 1995; Cutter et al. 2003;
Chakraborty etal. 2005; Cardona 2005; Tate etal. 2010; Dolan and Messen 2012), how
specific individual and environmental characteristics determine the social amplification
of risks (Kasperson etal. 1988), the population and policy response to risk (Cutter etal.
2003; Smit and Wandel 2006; Cardona 2005; Tate etal. 2010) and the disaster risk reduc-
tion (Kasperson etal. 1988; Cutter etal. 2003). Levernier etal. (2000) have emphasized
how poverty rates can be different across geographic areas on the basis of person-specific
and place-specific characteristics. Finally, Ranci (2002) identifies the difference between
vulnerability and social exclusion in the degree of exposure of individuals to new social
risks. He states that the concept of danger differs from that of vulnerability because the
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1182
C.Davino et al.
1 3
latter represents the level of exposure to the damage that can result from a negative event.
However, events that can cause hazardous conditions are numerous and unpredictable, and
for this reason, Ranci proposes a shift of perspective regarding most vulnerable people i.e.
people that appear most vulnerable to the new social risks characterised by conditions of
instability. The most vulnerable individuals are characterised by a persistent form of social
and economic insecurity and with weak family and social networks. Thus, vulnerability
can be seen as a persistent risk of marginalization, determined by a variety of economic,
social, cultural and environmental factors: job insecurity, unemployment, low level of skill
and education, chronic diseases and mental illness, disability, lack of residence permit,
use of drugs and alcohol, housing deprivation, condition of overcrowding, lack of medical
experts and medical services, ghettoization, domestic violence, etc.
For this reason, mapping social vulnerability can increase the understanding of popula-
tion characteristics and their distribution at the urban scale, in order to identify areas with
different capacity to react and respond to natural, socioeconomic and epidemic risks and to
provide a useful tool for planning and managing the recovery and mitigation measures. It
is important to note that, do date, there are no studies measuring and mapping social vul-
nerability at urban scale in Italy. Frigerio and De Amicis (2006) have analyzed the social
vulnerability to natural hazards at national level focusing on Municipalities, while Didko-
vskyi etal. (2020) have concentrated their analysis on the specific topic of seismic hazard
in Italian Municipalities.
3 Measuring Social Vulnerability
The study of social vulnerability in the context of a plurality of human types can be
addressed through the theoretical tools offered by the capability approach of Amartya Sen
(1985, 1987). Investigating social vulnerability through this multidimensional approach
means to interpret this condition as a form of incapacitation in converting capabilities into
resources, tools and relationships. Sen defines capability as the capacity, ability and free-
dom to realise a functioning. Functionings represent what an individual can achieve and
accomplish in his/her lifetime, and a person’s capability of living a good life is defined in
terms of a set of valuable ‘beings and doings’ (Sen 1999). This approach enables an assess-
ment of how individuals translate functionings into achievements. Capabilities delimit the
space of freedom that an individual has in terms of choice - the reason why a limited capa-
bility set corresponds to a limited freedom of choice - which can determine a condition of
deprivation. In this sense, vulnerability can be understood as a gradual loss of capabili-
ties. Thus, the capability approach represents an innovative tool to describe and understand
social vulnerability because it provides a theoretical basis for interpreting vulnerability as
a condition in which individuals are affected by the lack of means and skills to convert
resources into functionings.
To proceed with a practical implementation of the capability approach, we investigate
seven dimensions of vulnerability, the result of a practical compromise in the data: hous-
ing, social context, education, labour market, mobility, social relations, economic well-
being. Nevertheless, if the dimensions identified can be considered complete to evaluate
the social condition of individuals and their level of social vulnerability (education, labour
market and social and economic well-being), they will also be able to provide a detailed
overview of the urban context in which these people reside (housing conditions, mobil-
ity, social context). To conclude the description of the social and urban context, mobility
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1183
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
and access to the labour market represent fundamental sources of information. In addition,
education level provides information on the degree of freedom that individuals are able to
exercise in their own choices.
The literature on neighbourhood effects summarised by Galster (2012) can be con-
sidered as a theoretical basis supporting our choices because it highlights the relation-
ship between dosage, in terms of community capability set, and response, understood as
effective freedom to manage the current endowment set. The author identifies the origin
of those effects in fifteen different mechanisms referred to endogenous and exogenous pro-
cesses that characterises a place and his community, which are simplified into the follow-
ing four groups:
1. Social-Interactive Mechanisms (Social Contagion, Collective Socialization, Social
Networks, Social Cohesion and Control, Competition, Relative Deprivation, Parental
Mediation)
2. Environmental Mechanisms (Exposure to Violence, Physical Surroundings, Toxic Expo-
sure)
3. Geographical Mechanisms (Spatial Mismatch, Public Services)
4. Institutional Mechanisms (Stigmatization, Local Institutional Resources, Local Market
Actors)
The dimensions in the first group were selected on the basis of numerous studies identify-
ing a strong predictor of a variety of deviant behaviours in peer effects and negative social
models in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, a mechanism that Galster (2012) describes as a
real kind of social contagion that is akin to an ‘epidemic’.
Table 1 links the seven previously described dimensions of the vulnerability to the
mechanisms proposed by Galster (2012). An analysis of individual capabilities (being edu-
cated, having a good job and being safe) needs to be integrated with an investigation of the
social and environmental context and by the individual’s social network. In order to high-
light the mechanisms of social interaction, the characteristics of the social context (B) and
the availability of social networks (F) must be considered. The second group has been sum-
marised through the identification of the characteristics of space, namely the characteristics
and living conditions of households (A). The third group identifies the factors that could
negatively affect people’s quality of life in the context of the labour market (D) and mobil-
ity services (E). Finally, while the fourth group relates to the institutional mechanism, the
Table 1 The mechanisms of
neighbourhood effects proposed
by Galster (2012) are linked
to the dimensions of social
vulnerability
Mechanism Dimension
Social-interactive mechanisms (B) Social context
(C) Education
(F) Social relation
(G) Economic well-being
Environmental mechanisms (A) Housing
Geographical mechanisms (D) Labour market
(E) Mobility
Institutional mechanisms
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1184
C.Davino et al.
1 3
housing and population census does not allow the identification of useful data in rebuilding
the role played by institutional resources.
4 Methods
4.1 Composite Indicators Construction
The proposed empirical analysis aims to measure the degree of vulnerability in the districts
of the city of Rome taking into account the seven dimensions of vulnerability. Since the
object of analysis cannot be directly observed and measured, it is necessary to identify
and summarise individual indicators (quantitative/qualitative measures observed on a set of
units) into a single index, namely a composite indicator (CI). Increasingly, political deci-
sions aimed at sharing financial resources are based on the use of CIs as reference tools.
Notwithstanding their potentiality, CIs remain controversial as they are often lacking in
standard and objective construction methodology. Whatever the application context, the
construction of CIs involves stages in which several decisions have to be taken (Nardo etal.
2005; Davino and Romano 2013). These decisions have a strong influence on the quality of
CIs. Moreover, CIs may be misused if the construction process is not transparent. The first
requirement pertains to the characterisation of the dimensions underlying the concept to be
measured (Land etal. 2012). Once these have been identified, indicators measuring each
dimension must be specified. The selection of indicators and weights should be done very
carefully as a CI could exacerbate disagreements rather than focus minds. A pre-processing
of the univariate indicators is then performed to deal, for example, with missing values and
with the coding and scale transformation of raw values (Thiessen 1997). Finally, several
aggregation methods and systems of weights (Hagerty and Land 2007) can be adopted.
4.2 Multivariate Methods andModels
The empirical analysis proposed in this paper exploits the potentialities of two multidimen-
sional data analysis methods: principal component analysis (PCA) and multiple factorial
analysis (MFA) (Lebart etal. 1984; Escofier and Pagés 1994).
The paper follows the French school of “analyse des données” (data analysis) led by
Jean-Paul Benzécri (1982) who encouraged the idea of “letting the data speak for them-
selves” rather than Exploratory/Confirmatory Factorial Analysis (Thurstone 1931; Jolliffe
2002).
PCA dates back to the pioneering work of Pearson (1901), which focused on the simul-
taneous analysis of several quantitative variables. PCA aims to identify a reduced subset
of latent variables, which are not observed but obtained as a weighted combination of the
original variables. The procedure exploits the correlation between the observed variables,
enables a reduction in the complexity of the multidimensional data and eliminates redun-
dant information.
PCA can provide a valid support in most of the phases of CI construction. First, as it is
based on the correlation between variables, it can help with the selection of indicators. For
example, in case of high collinearity, the results do not change if one of the redundant vari-
ables is eliminated. Moreover, in the pre-processing phase, PCA can always be carried out
using standardised variables, thus avoiding the problem of handling variables expressed in
different units of measurement. Second, the identified latent variables (commonly named
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1185
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
principal components or factors) are uncorrelated, each one explaining a decreasing quota
of information. The first principal component can be acquired as the CI’s object of study.
Noteworthy, it should explain a sufficient percentage of variability (measured by the first
eigenvalue). The ability to explore the remaining principal components is a further strength
of the method: it is possible to visualise in two dimensions the relationships among vari-
ables and units, with each dimension being one of the extracted latent variables. Finally,
each PCA is a weighted linear combination of the original indicators whereby the system
of weights, named the eigenvectors, expresses the role and importance of each indicator in
designing the synthetic index.
MFA (Escofier and Pagés 1988, 1994) can be used to analyse observations described
by several ‘blocks’ or sets of variables. MFA seeks the common structures present in all
or some of these sets and provides results that can be used to study the relationship among
observations, variables and blocks at the same time.
MFA is performed in two steps. First, a PCA is performed on each block of variables,
which is then ‘normalised’ by dividing all its elements by the square root of the first eigen-
value obtained from the PCA. This type of weighting ensures that blocks that include more
variables do not weigh too much in the analysis. Second, the normalised blocks of vari-
ables are merged to form a unique matrix, and a global PCA is performed on this matrix.
The individual data sets are then projected onto the global analysis to analyse commonali-
ties and discrepancies.
In the CI framework, MFA provides both a synthesis of each dimension and the final CI.
The former is obtained as a weighted linear combination of the original indicators while
the latter is the first factor of the PCA performed on the weighted data matrix. It results that
MFA is a particular weighted PCA where the block structure is preserved because all the
variables in the same block have the same weight. No group can generate the first axis of
the global analysis on its own and the first dimension is the ‘consensus variable’, the most
linked to all the variables. From the point of view of policy-makers, this means that it is
possible to identify the role played by each indicator and by each dimension on the final CI.
The distribution of the global CI identified by the MFA can be analysed to identify pos-
sible differences in the urban space. The paper proposes the use of Quantile Regression
(QR) to analyse if the impact of living in a given geographic area is different for the dif-
ferent levels of the vulnerability. Quantile regression, as introduced by Koenker and Bas-
set (1978), may be considered an extension of median regression and a complementary
method to ordinary least squares regression because QR is based on the estimation of a set
of conditional quantiles of a response variable as function of a set of covariates (Davino
et al. 2014). QR is emerging more and more as a methodology complementary to ordi-
nary least squares regression in several applicative contexts, from ecology to economics,
marketing and social sciences. Although different functional forms can be used, the paper
will refer to linear regression models. It is worth to recall that, no parametric distribu-
tion assumptions are required for the error distribution. The parameter estimates in QR
linear models have the same interpretation as those of any other linear model. The inter-
cept measures the dependent variable value deriving from setting to zero all the regressors
at the corresponding conditional quantile. Each slope coefficient can be interpreted as the
rate of change of the given conditional quantile of the dependent variable distribution per
unit change in the value of each regressor, taking the other regressors constant. For each
quantile, a regression model is estimated. As a consequence, the estimated values of the
response variable conditioned to given values of the regressors, reconstruct the conditioned
quantiles of the dependent variable.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1186
C.Davino et al.
1 3
5 Data
The empirical analysis is based on data from the fourteenth census of the Italian housing
and population authority (2001) and compiled by the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT)3.
In the Municipality of Rome more than one million families and more than 2.5 million
individuals were counted in the fourteenth census. The 13,240 units of census sections
have been aggregated in 115 toponomy areas that represent the four groups of neighbour-
hoods of the Municipality of Rome4.
On the one hand, since the aim of this paper is to measure social vulnerability as an
interrelation of geographic location, the units of analysis are represented by the 115 neigh-
bourhoods of the Municipality of Rome. On the other hand, as the family and the indi-
vidual are the units of analysis in the census data, it was necessary to construct a set of
indicators referring to the neighbourhoods. Thus, a pre-processing of the census data was
carried out in order to summarise the indicators observed for the individuals and families
belonging to each neighbourhood. The list in the Appendix describes how each indicator
was obtained and which data from the census were used. This phase was particularly labo-
rious because the transfer from analytic to aggregated data was not anticipated, and there
was no unique solution. For example, the job declared by each unit can be aggregated with
respect to each neighbourhood by deriving the percentage of persons with a given job. In
the case of the variables referred to as home features (presence of a kitchen, heating appli-
ances, shower, etc.), the aggregation of the home features of each individual can be per-
formed in several ways: the average number of features per home in the neighbourhood, the
percentage of each feature in the neighbourhood, etc.
The final result of the pre-processing phase was a data matrix in which each row repre-
sents a neighbourhood (112 in total)5 and each column an indicator (21 in total).
In order to measure social vulnerability in the Municipality of Rome, it is important
to take into account that the 112 neighbourhoods are classified into four areas: quarters
(located in the historic centre of the city, mostly within the Aurelian Walls, except for
Prati and Borgo) districts (surrounding the historic centre of Rome outside the Aurelian
Walls), suburbs (located in the suburban area of the city) and zones (Agro Romano,
the outer parts of Rome’s municipality). Table2 shows the number and percentage of
neighbourhoods in the four areas (the labels in the second column are used hereinaf-
ter in graphs and tables) while Fig.1 depicts the map of the city, highlighting the four
areas. From the map, it is evident that the classification reproduces the structure of the
municipality, moving from the centre (districts) to the fringes of the urban area (zones).
The data matrix was partitioned in columns because the set of the indicators was
grouped into the seven dimensions identified from the previously described literature on
the topic (see Sect.3):
3 http:// www. istat. it/ it/ censi mento- popol azione/ censi mento- popol azione- 2001.
4 https:// www. comune. roma. it/ web- resou rces/ cms/ docum ents/ Elenc oSudd ivisi oniTo ponom astic he_ rg_A.
pdf.
5 The neighbourhoods Tor di valle, Magliana vecchia and Polline Martignano have been excluded from the
analysis because census data are available for a very small number of individuals (less than 10), and their
indicator values always belong to the top or lower 1st percentile.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1187
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
A. Housing
B. Social context
C. Education
D. Labour market
E. Mobility
F. Social relations
G. Economic condition
The capital letter before the name of the dimension will be used in tables and graphs as
labels. All the indicators but A1 are expressed in percentages.
The main descriptive statistics (Table3) show differences in the central tendency, in
the variability and in the shape of the indicator distribution. Looking at the variation
Table 2 Distribution of the
112 neighbourhoods according
to the four areas in which
the municipality of Rome is
classified
Area Label Frequency %
District R 22 19.6
Quarter Q 35 31.3
Suburb S 6 5.4
Zone Z 49 43.8
Total 112 100.0
Fig. 1 Classification map of neighbourhoods of the Municipality of Rome in four areas, starting from the
historic centre (districts and quarters) and moving towards the outer part of the city (suburbs and then
zones)
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1188
C.Davino et al.
1 3
coefficients (column CV in Table3), it results a moderate variability for most of the
indicators, with the exception of G2, F1, E3, C4, C3, B4 and A2. In such cases, the fea-
tures of the neighbourhoods are not homogeneous. In particular, the variation coefficient
is very useful for comparing variability of the distributions that differ considerably in
terms of averages and therefore it allows us to overlook the territorial specificities of
certain phenomena. It is also interesting to highlight that G2, B4 and A2 are character-
ised by positive asymmetry (column Asym in Table3): most neighbourhoods have low
values for these indicators; there are few neighbourhoods with very high values while
A1 shows a negative asymmetry. This indicates that a reduced number of neighbour-
hoods shows a high critical level in relation to some indicators. In particular, we can
observe the concentration of the social housing sector, such as the presence of over-
crowded dwellings and high levels of family vulnerability in a limited number of neigh-
bourhoods. This evidence may suggest the existence of a spatial and social differentia-
tion in the city, which is determined by the characteristics of people living there and by
their economic and living conditions.
A univariate analysis of each indicator through the area means and the global mean of
the whole municipality (Table4) shows some differences in the living conditions within
the four areas. Quarters and districts are characterised by better conditions; however,
the dimensions ‘Mobility’, ‘Social relations’ and ‘Economic condition’ register average
values higher than the global mean for the following indicators: E1 public mobility, E3
walking, F1 no cohabitants, F2 no partner, G1 ownership and G2 social housing. These
Table 3 Key descriptive
univariate statistics for the
twenty-one indicators related to
seven vulnerability dimensions
(capital letters in the first column
are the labels previously assigned
to the dimensions): minimum
(Min), first quartile (Q1), Median
(Median), average (Mean),
third quartile (Q3), maximum
(Max), standard deviation (SD),
variation coefficient (CV),
asymmetrix index (Asym)
Min Q1 Median Mean Q3 Max SD CV Asym
A1 5.2 5.7 5.8 5.7 5.8 5.9 0.1 1.8
2
A2 1.5 5.3 7.8 8.8 10.5 23.8 4.5 50.9 1.1
A3 29.2 37.1 43.1 44.6 50.3 75.1 9 20.3 0.7
B1 1.3 3.3 4.2 4.4 5.5 7.1 1.3 30.5 0
B2 37.2 48 51.7 50.9 54.1 62 4.8 9.5
0.5
B3 30.5 36.1 38.6 39.1 42 50.3 4.3 11 0.5
B4 2.5 4.1 5.2 5.6 6.5 18.4 2.4 43.4 2.6
C1 20.2 29.2 40.2 39.2 48.2 58.5 10.7 27.4
0.1
C2 20.5 29.7 33.3 32.7 35.7 43.5 4.7 14.2
0.5
C3 0.5 1.1 1.8 2 2.9 4.7 1.1 51.8 0.4
C4 0.2 0.5 1 1.1 1.6 3.4 0.8 66.8 0.8
D1 33.2 37.8 39.7 39.9 41.6 49.1 3.1 7.7 0.3
D2 43.5 60.1 65.8 67.3 76.4 85.8 10.3 15.3 0
D3 3.1 5.1 6.6 6.7 8.1 13.1 2 29.8 0.6
E1 10.1 18.3 22.9 22.6 25.9 32.7 4.9 21.7
0.2
E2 36.9 55.2 63.2 61.7 68.2 83.9 10 16.2
0.3
E3 2.8 8.7 14.4 15.7 19.6 42 9.1 57.9 1
F1 5.1 7.4 10.4 12.1 17 27.1 5.6 46.3 0.7
F2 45 51.2 52.7 53.8 56.8 63 3.8 7.1 0.5
G1 38.1 56.6 64.6 63 72.2 87.2 11.5 18.2
0.4
G2 0 4.1 8.1 12.1 17.1 52.8 11.5 94.5 1.3
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1189
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
results are not easy to explain at this stage of the analysis; the global view provided by
the MFA will help the interpretation.
6 Results
6.1 Explorative Data Analysis
MFA is based on several PCAs each one carried out on the set of indicators relating to each
dimension. It is thus advisable that the multivariate analysis is preceded by a check on the
unidimensionality of each dimension. Such a requirement is crucial because MFA takes
into account the first component extracted by each PCA.
There are three main tools commonly used to check for unidimensionality: the princi-
pal component analysis of each dimension, Cronbach’s
𝛼
and the Dillon–Goldstein’s
. A
dimension is essentially unidimensional if the first eigenvalue (
𝜆1
) is larger than 1 and the
second one (
𝜆2
) smaller than 1, or at least very far from
𝜆1
. A dimension is also considered
unidimensional when Cronbach’s
𝛼
and/or Dillon–Goldstein’s
are larger than 0.7. The sta-
tistics for checking the unidimensionality of each dimension are presented in Table5 (from
the third to the sixth column). With the exception of Housing, where just the Cronbach
𝛼
is not satisfactory, and of Mobility, where the second eigenvalue is slightly higher than
1, all the statistics lead to an acceptance of the unidimensionality of all the dimensions.
Table 4 Averages for the
indicators according to the area Quarter District Suburb Zone Mean
A1 5.8 5.68 5.74 5.7 5.7
A2 9 6.76 12.24 9.04 8.8
A3 40.7 35.67 44.77 51.33 44.6
B1 5.12 5.64 4.45 3.31 4.4
B2 52.78 53.2 50.68 48.48 50.9
B3 37.77 35.68 39.38 41.54 39.1
B4 4.32 5.48 5.46 6.66 5.6
C1 37.48 28.27 41.26 45.02 39.2
C2 34.1 34.15 31.86 31.13 32.7
C3 2.23 3.28 1.91 1.35 2.0
C4 0.84 0.48 1.33 1.62 1.1
D1 38.82 42.76 39.09 39.48 39.9
D2 68.71 81.63 67.44 59.84 67.3
D3 6.13 5.19 7.86 7.74 6.7
E1 23.94 21.45 18.33 22.7 22.6
E2 59.17 49.12 71.48 67.95 61.7
E3 16.9 29.45 10.18 9.37 15.7
F1 13.53 20.87 10.02 7.44 12.1
F2 54.11 59.64 53.15 51.03 53.8
G1 65.75 51.2 63.89 66.21 63.0
G2 13.49 11.01 15.18 11.26 12.1
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1190
C.Davino et al.
1 3
Moreover, Dillon–Goldstein’s
𝜌
is considered by some authors (e.g. Chin1998) to be a bet-
ter indicator of the unidimensionality of a dimension than Cronbach’s
𝛼
.
Results from PCA on each of the seven dimensions are satisfactory with respect to the
percentage of variability explained by the first factor (column ‘F1’ in Table5). This allows
us to consider each first factor derived from the seven PCAs as a reliable CI of the related
dimension. Table5 also shows the percentage of variability explained by the second factor
(column ‘F2’), which is useful in case of a two-dimensional representation of the results.
The MFA is able to explain more than 60% of the variability for the two first factors.
A crucial step in the interpretation of the results is to exploit the graphical potentiali-
ties of the factorial methods and, in particular, of MFA, which enables a visualisation of
the relationships among the dimensions as well as among the indicators and the statistical
units.
The dimensional representation in a two-dimension space (Fig.2) shows that five of
the seven considered dimensions are highly correlated with the first factor while ‘eco-
nomic condition’ and ‘mobility’ are mainly correlated to the second factor. This result
can be interpreted by taking into account that the latter two dimensions have a strong
Table 5 Main statistics related to
each dimension: name (Label),
number of indicators (#vars),
indexes to check for dimension
unidimensionality (Cronbach’s
𝛼
, Dillon–Goldstein’s
𝜌
,
first eigenvalue and second
eigenvalue), percentage of
variability explained by the first
two factors of the PCA on each
dimension (F1 and F2)
Label #vars
𝛼
𝜌
𝜆1
𝜆2
F1 F2
Housing 3 0.57 0.78 1.62 0.78 53.9 25.9
Social context 4 0.86 0.91 2.85 0.65 71.2 16.3
Education 4 0.94 0.96 3.43 0.4 85.7 10.1
Labour market 3 0.77 0.87 2.07 0.59 69.0 19.6
Mobility 3 0.67 0.83 1.94 1.06 64.7 35.3
Social relations 2 0.95 0.97 1.9 0.1 94.9 5.1
Economic condition 2 0.75 0.89 1.6 0.4 79.8 20.2
MFA 43.4 17.7
Fig. 2 Representation of the seven dimensions of the vulnerability on the MFA first factorial plane. The
coordinates of each group are obtained according to the correlations between the variables belonging to the
group and the first principal component obtained in the global analysis
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1191
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
relationship with the space. For example, the possibility of becoming an owner relies
on the market price, which is in turn related to the zone in which the house is located.
Another example could be the use of private vehicles to reach the workplace, which
could be related to the availability of public transport. The representation of the seven
dimensions of vulnerability on the MFA’s first factorial plane suggests the presence of
two different CIs linked to the vulnerability: the first representing endogenous vulner-
ability, mainly related to the individual, domestic and housing features, and the second
representing exogenous vulnerability, mainly related to the spatial location.
Figure3 shows the 21 indicators projected on the first MFA factorial plane. Endog-
enous vulnerability increases with the increase in deprivation of residents’ capabilities
(low level of education and unemployment), social context (high family vulnerability),
physical deterioration of buildings (no dwelling maintenance) and housing conditions
(overcrowded dwelling). Conversely, exogenous vulnerability is linked to the charac-
teristics of the neighbourhoods. In particular, it is the result of a spatial differentiation.
As noted earlier, the concentration of marginal groups can lead to changes in the quality
of the neighbourhoods, the stigmatisation of the area and the exclusion of people living
there. For this reason, we considered the concentration of social housing as an element
of exogenous vulnerability because we assumed that the households in these areas are
economically and socially homogeneous and that segregation and socio-spatial inequal-
ity are mutually self-perpetuating processes.
The neighbourhood representation (Fig. 4) must be interpreted by considering
that endogenous vulnerability becomes higher and moves from left to right and that
Fig. 3 Representation of the indicators on the MFA first factorial plane. The plot is obtained through a
weighted PCA performed on the whole set of indicators but preserving the group structure. All the indica-
tors in the same group have the same weight equal to the reciprocal of the first eigenvalue obtained from
the PCA performed on the group it belongs to. The shape and the color of the points allow to classify the
indicators according to the dimension. (Color figure online)
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1192
C.Davino et al.
1 3
exogenous vulnerability moves from the bottom to the top of the graph. With respect to
the classification of the neighbourhoods in the four areas, this results in an increase in
the endogenous vulnerability in moving from districts to quarters, suburbs and zones
while more variability across the areas holds in cases of exogenous vulnerability.
In order to identify the most critical neighbourhoods, the plot is divided into four
quadrants numbered starting from the top right and counter-clockwise, as in current
practice. The first quadrant is characterised by high vulnerability, both endogenous and
exogenous, and therefore is a critical region. Also the second and fourth quadrants
should be monitored. In particular, we can observe that the highest level of vulner-
ability is recorded in the eastern and western suburbs of Rome and more generally in
correspondence with the most peripheral areas of the city.
MFA also allows to explore how the different dimensions influence the position of
each statistical unit on the map in Fig.4. Figure 5 shows two sample neighbourhood
Lunghezza and Trevi. The former is located in a zone (fringe of the urban area) and
the latter in a district (center of the city). The representation is named graph of par-
tial individuals because the position of each neighbourhood is linked through dotted
lines to its position on the factorial planes obtained considering just the indicators of a
dimension at a time. It results that each neighbourhood is the barycenter of its partial
points. The partial representation shows that Lunghezza is mainly characterised by a
high vulnerability with respect to the aspects related to education, labour market and
social context, while Trevi is mainly influenced by factors related to its spatial position
(Economic condition and Mobility).
Fig. 4 Representation of the neighbourhood on the MFA first factorial plane. The shape and the color of
the points allow to distinguish neighbourhoods according to the area defined in Table2 and Fig.1. (Color
figure online)
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1193
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
Fig. 5 The representation of two sample neighbourhoods on the MFA first factorial plane. Lunghezza is
located in a zone (fringe of the urban area) and Trevi in a district (center of the city)
Fig. 6 Endogenous vulnerability (first factor of the MFA) average values according to the area. The inter-
pretation of the barplots must consider that the index is a standardised variable and thus with an average
equal to zero
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1194
C.Davino et al.
1 3
6.2 Linking Vulnerability toUrban Space
A post-analysis of the results provided by the MFA can be carried out to explore possible
differences in the territorial areas. A first in-depth study can take into account the average
values of the endogenous and exogenous vulnerability in the four areas (Figs.6 and7). It
is worth noting that the two CIs, endogenous and exogenous vulnerability, are standard-
ised variables and thus with an average equal to zero. There is a considerably generalised
behaviour, below the general average, in the quarters and districts. Such a feature is par-
ticularly evident in districts with respect to labour, social relationships and mobility.
Endogenous vulnerability increases more than exogenous vulnerability by moving from
districts to zones. These trends can be explained by combining the MFA results (Fig.3)
to the mean values of the indicators (Table4). On the one hand, the upper part of the sec-
ond factor is mainly characterised by neighbourhoods showing high values of G2 social
housing and lower values of G1 ownership. On the other hand, the average values of the
previously cited indicators for the neighbourhoods in the districts are lower than the total
average. This means that there is some underlying feature, not included in the data set,
characterising the neighbourhoods in the districts. The percentage of rented houses could
be a possible explanation because it is well known that these areas are quite expensive; it is
also reasonable to suppose that most of the population lives in houses for rent. This expla-
nation is supported by positive conditions in the area with respect to education and the
labour market (in Table4, average values higher than the total average).
Fig. 7 Exogenous vulnerability (second factor of the MFA) average values according to the area. The inter-
pretation of the barplot must take into account that the index is a standardised variables and thus with an
average equal to zero
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1195
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
A final ranking of the neighbourhood according to vulnerability is also provided
(Fig.8)6. This final CI was obtained as a weighted combination of endogenous and exog-
enous vulnerability, measured respectively through the first and second factor of the MFA.
The weights are represented by the percentage of variability explained by each factor. The
map shows greater vulnerability in the east, west edge and partially in the north part of the
city. Vulnerability decreases when moving from the edges to the city centre, thus confirm-
ing worse living conditions in marginal areas and a socio-spatial hierarchy in the city of
Rome.
Exploring differences among the statistical units on the basis of the average values can
be limiting hiding a possible heterogeneity in the urban space. Considering the vulnerabil-
ity CI, it results that, as expected, the averages values in districts and quarters are below
the global average (equal to zero) and above in case of suburbs and zones (vulnerability
averages:
Q
=−
0.41
,
R=−1.63
,
S=0.41
,
Z=0.97
). If the whole distribution of the vul-
nerability is explored, it is possible to discover significant differences among the areas. At
this regard the exploration of the quantiles of the vulnerability conditioned to each area are
analysed. Figure9 shows the trends of the coefficients of several quantile regressions esti-
mated considering the total vulnerability as response variable and the area transformed into
four dummy variables as regressors. This is a very simple model which, in essence, pro-
vides a comparison among the conditional quantiles but allows to analyse the impact of the
area on the different levels of the vulnerability. The horizontal axis displays the quantiles
and the vertical axis the coefficients estimated at each quantile. The dotted lines represent
Fig. 8 Map of the Municipality of Rome according to the vulnerability index obtained as a weighted com-
bination of the first and second factor of the MFA measuring, respectively, the endogenous and exogenous
vulnerability
6 The black areas represents the neighbourhoods excluded from the analysis (see footnote 3 in Sect.5).
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1196
C.Davino et al.
1 3
the conditional means, which discriminates the areas into two groups: below the average
in case of areas quarters and districts and above for suburbs and zones. Considering the
quarters, it is interesting to note that living in that area allows to reduce the vulnerability
but this is true up to the 66th percentile of the distribution of the vulnerability. The vertical
solid lines highlight the thresholds between negative and positive effects played by living
in an area characterised from vulnerability. It is interesting to note that these thresholds are
very different in the four areas, moving from 0.20 in case of the zones to 0.95 in case of the
districts.
7 Concluding Remarks andFurther Developments
This paper aimed to highlight the different dimensions of social vulnerability and their
impact on the formation of the urban structure and morphology of the city of Rome.
The social characteristics of the urban space revealed the existence of a spatial fracture
within the city. We can observe areas characterised by a strong presence of vulnerable
Fig. 9 QR coefficients measuring the impact of the different areas on the global vulnerability. Coefficients
are obtained through a Quantile Regression aiming to explore the effect of the areas on the different levels
(quantiles) of the vulnerability
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1197
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
individuals and areas in which vulnerability is very limited. The concept of vulnerability
has been used in this research to map those individuals who demonstrate the superposi-
tion of different risk factors, although not necessarily poor or excluded. In particular,
the research has highlighted a non-homogeneous spatial structure of the city of Rome:
we recorded different levels of vulnerability in relation with the seven dimensions inves-
tigated, all of which made a different contribution to the overall condition of vulnerabil-
ity. As we have seen, the vulnerability map provides information about the geographi-
cal distribution of the phenomenon. More specifically, the peripheral areas are the most
affected by the vulnerability condition, and we can observe a high spatial segmentation
characterised by a bi-partition in the city - centre and periphery: low vulnerability at the
centre and high vulnerability in the eastern and western peripheral areas.
Another interesting finding of the research is the presence of two different types of
vulnerability: one characterised by factors of an endogenous nature (individual, domes-
tic and housing features) and the second by factors of an exogenous nature (mainly
related to those dimensions that mostly depend on the spatial location).
The study of vulnerability developed in the paper has required an investigation of
both the individual, with his capabilities, and the space. The former takes into account
topics such as level of education, access to the labour market and housing, as well as
the family structure and social context. The latter is seen as a crucial conversion factor
of individual capabilities in terms of achievement. In this perspective, the results of the
study reveal the existence of a socio-spatial segregation phenomenon in some districts
of the city of Rome: the presence of spatial inequalities in individual opportunities to
convert capabilities and resources into achievements is highlighted by the concentration
of the most vulnerable individuals in suburban areas. The results show that the concen-
tration of vulnerable individuals determines the characteristics and conformation of the
space and their hierarchisation. The very fact of residing in these areas represents an
additional risk for individuals because it determines a limitation of freedom whereby
individuals can access the means and resources required to convert their skills into real-
ised functionings and a potential reduction’s capacity to cope with the risks.
The key strengths of this research are represented by the observation of the spatial
distribution of the dimensions of vulnerability and by the identification of the more vul-
nerable geographical areas. Moreover, the analysis was conducted using census data;
thus, the results can be considered a faithful picture of vulnerability in the city of Rome.
Another element of interest is represented by the opportunity to rank the neighbour-
hoods according to a vulnerability index and to discriminate the city areas between
endogenous and exogenous vulnerability.
The different level of vulnerability registered within the city of Rome, in relation
to each dimension analysed, allows to highlight why the risks can affect in a different
way and intensity the residents. In addition, mapping exogenous and endogenous vul-
nerability (Galster 2012) provides a risk assessment and management tool and allow to
planning prevention intervention and mitigation taking into account the specific charac-
teristics of the territory and the population.
The research also has some limitations: the choice of a synthetic index determines a
loss of a part of information. In addition, the absence of information relating to certain
dimensions of vulnerability (such as income, institutional mechanisms and spatial fea-
tures) determines that they remain unexplored. Finally, the limited availability of geo-
coded data limits the analysis of vulnerability at urban scale.
The policy implications arising from tackling these specific issues at the urban level
are the necessity to promote access to individual conversion factors such as education
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1198
C.Davino et al.
1 3
and training; the reduction of social inequalities in accessing high-quality public ser-
vices to improve the ability to cope with.
Further developments concern the improvement of the census data with administrative
information that can be useful to expand the dimensions of vulnerability and the monitor-
ing of the results over time using the most recent census data. This means that from a
practical point of view, the research results could be used by policy-makers to detect the
state of vulnerability in the different zones of the city and to identify the proper leverages
to improve life conditions in each zone.
Appendix
List of individual (ID), family data and neighbourhood indicators:
A1 dwelling characteristics: average number of equipment within each unit of analysis
(ID—presence or absence: dining room with kitchen, toilet, bath or shower, sanitary
hot water, drinking water, heating system)
A2 dwelling overcrowded: percentage of individuals who occupies less than 15 square
meters, based on the total population of each unit of analysis
(ID—presence or absence of living comfort (
15 mq
))
A3 no dwelling maintenance: share of dwellings that, within each unit of analysis, has
not benefited from maintenance during the last 10years
(ID—Presence or absence of maintenance during the last 10years for structural and
nonstructural elements of the dwelling)
B1 no risk factors, B2 1 risk factor, B3 2 risk factors, B4
3
risk factors: percentage
of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis, does not show any of the follow-
ing familial risk factors: belonging to a large family (5 members), to a single parent
families; to a family with a single breadwinners or it is a single elderly person; in legal
separation or divorce; a foreigner
(ID—Household size; household type; age; professional status; marital status; citi-
zenship)
C1 primary/secondary education: Level of primary and secondary education
(ID—Education level currently attended)
C2 graduates: percentage of individuals who have achieved a level of education equiva-
lent to upper secondary qualification
(ID—Education level currently attended)
C3 highly educated young: percentage of individuals between 30 and 34years who,
within each unit of analysis, has obtained a university degree qualification
(ID—Education level currently attended; age)
C4 young excluded from education: percentage of individuals between 18 and 24years
old with only a lower secondary education who, within each unit of analysis, are not in
further education and training
(ID—Attending a training course; education level currently attended; age)
D1 employed: percentage of individuals employed from the total population within the
same unit of analysis
(ID—Professional status)
D2 working in municipality: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of
analysis, working within the same municipality
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1199
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
(ID—Habitual place of work)
D3 unemployed: percentage of unemployed individuals within each unit of analysis
E1 public mobility: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis,
uses public transportation to go to a place of work
(ID—Transport used to commute to the habitual place of work)
E2 private mobility: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis,
use a private vehicle to go to a place of work
(ID—Transport used to go to the habitual place of work; habitual place of work)
E3 walking: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis, walk to
work
(ID—Transport used to go to the habitual place of work; habitual place of work)
F1 no cohabitants: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis, live
in households where relatives or cohabitants are absent
(ID—Marital status)
F2 no partner: percentage of individuals who, within the same unit of analysis, live in
household where the partner is absent
G1 ownership: percentage of the individuals who, within the same unit of analysis, are
owners of the dwelling
(ID—Tenure status)
G2 social housing: percentage of social housing from the total housing within the same
unit of analysis
(ID—Owner of the dwelling: state-owned)
Funding Open access funding provided by Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II within the CRUI-
CARE Agreement.
Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License,
which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long
as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Com-
mons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article
are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the
material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not
permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly
from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http:// creat iveco mmons. org/ licen ses/ by/4. 0/.
References
Anderson, M. B. (2000). Vulnerability to disaster and sustainable development: A general framework for
assessing vulnerability. In R. Pielke Jr. & R. Pielke Sr. (Eds.), Storms (Vol. 1, pp. 11–25). London:
Routledge Press.
Benzécri, J. P. (1982). Histoire et Préhistoire de L’Analyse des Données. Paris: Dunod.
Blaikie, P., Cannon, T., Davis, I., & Wisner, B. (1994). At risk: Natural hazards, people’s vulnerability, and
disasters. London: Routledge.
Burton, I., Kates, R. W., & White, G. F. (1993). The environment as hazard (2nd ed.). New York: Guildford.
Cardona, O. D. (2005). Indicators of disaster risk and risk management: Program for Latin America and the
Caribbean: Summary report. Technical Report. Inter-American Development Bank.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1200
C.Davino et al.
1 3
Chakraborty, J., Tobin, G. A., & Montz, B. E. (2005). Population evacuation: Assessing spatial variability
in geophysical risk and social vulnerability to natural hazards. Natural Hazards Review, 6(1). https://
ascel ibrary. org/ toc/ nhrefo/ 6/1.
Chambers, R. (1989). Vulnerability. How the poor cope. IDS Bulletin, 20(2), 1–7.
Cherchye, L., Moesen, W., Rogge, N., & Van Puyenbroeck, T. (2007). An introduction to ‘Benefit of the
Doubt’ composite indicators. Social Indicators Research, 82, 111–145.
Chin, W. W. (1998). The partial least squares approach to structural equation modelling. In G. A. Marcou-
lides (Ed.), Modern methods for business research (pp. 295–358). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
Associates.
Cutter, S., Boruff, B., & Shirley, W. (2003). Social vulnerability to environmental hazards. Social Science
Quarterly, 84(2), 242–261.
Cutter, S. L., Barnes, L., Berry, M., Burton, C., Evans, E., Tate, E., etal. (2008). A place-based model for
understanding community resilience to natural disasters. Global Environmental Change, 18, 598–606.
Davino, C., Furno, M., & Vistocco, D. (2014). Quantile regression: Theory and applications. New York:
Wiley.
Davino, C., & Romano, R. (2013). Assessment of composite indicators using the ANOVA model combined
with multivariate methods. Social Indicators Research, 119(2), 627–646.
Didkovskyi, O., Azzone, G., Menafoglio, A., & Secchi, P. (2020). Social and material vulnerability in the
face of seismic hazard: An analysis of the Italian Case. MOX-Report No. 04/2020. https:// mox. polimi.
it/.
Dolan, G., & Messen, D. (2012). Social vulnerability: An emergency managers’ planning tool. Journal of
Emergency Management, 10(3), 161–169.
Escofier, B., & Pagés, J. (1988). Analyses factorielles multiples. Paris: Dunod.
Escofier, B., & Pagés, J. (1994). Multiple factor analysis (AFMULT package). Computational Statistics and
Data Analysis, 18, 121–140.
Esping-Andersen, G. (1999). Social foundation of postindustrial economics. Oxford: Oxford University
Press.
Frigerio, I., & De Amicis, M. (2006). Mapping social vulnerability to natural hazards in Italy: A suitable
tool for risk mitigation strategies. Environmental Science & Policy, 63(C), 187–196.
Galster, G. C. (2012). The mechanism(s) of neighbourhood effects: Theory, evidence, and policy implica-
tions. In M. van Ham, D. Manley, L. Simpson, N. Bailey, & D. Maclennan (Eds.), Neighbourhood
effects research: New perspectives (pp. 23–56). Dordrecht: Springer.
Hagerty, M. R., & Land, K. C. (2007). Constructing summary indices of quality of life. A model for the
effect of heterogeneous importance weights. Sociological Methods Research, 35(4), 455–496.
Hewitt, K. (1997). Regions of risk: A geographical introduction to disasters. London: Routledge.
Jolliffe, I.T. (2002). Principal component analysis and factor analysis. In Principal Component Analysis,
Springer Series in Statistics (pp. 150–166). New York: Springer.
Kasperson, J. X., Kasperson, R. E., & Turner, B. L. (Eds.). (1995). Regions at risk: Comparisons of threat-
ened environments. Tokyo: United Nations University Press.
Kasperson, R. E., Renn, O., Slovic, P., Brown, H. S., Emel, J., Goble, R., etal. (1988). The social amplifica-
tion of risks: A conceptual framework. Risk Analysis, 8, 177–87.
Koenker, R., & Basset, G. (1978). Regression quantiles. Econometrica, 46, 33–50.
Land, K. C., Michalos, A. C., & Sirgy, M. J. (2012). Handbook of social indicators and quality of life
research. New York: Springer.
Lê, S., Josse, J., & Husson, F. (2008). FactoMineR: An R package for multivariate analysis. Journal of Sta-
tistical Software, 25(1), 1–18.
Lebart, L., Morineau, A., & Warwick, K. (1984). Multivariate descriptive statistical analysis. Chichester:
Wiley.
Levernier, W., Partridge, M. .D., & Rickman Dan, S. (2000). The causes of regional variations in U.S. Pov-
erty: A cross–county analysis. Journal of Regional Science, 40(3), 473–497.
Moser, C. (1998). The asset vulnerability framework: Reassessing urban poverty reduction strategies. World
Development, 26(1), 1–19.
Nardo, M., Saisana, M., Tarantola, S., Hoffman, A., & Giovannini, E. (2005). Handbook on constructing
composite indicators: Methodology and user guide. EC Joint Research Centre and OECD Statistics
Directorate and the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry.
Negri, N., & Saraceno, C. (2004). Povertá e vulnerabilitá sociale in aree sviluppate. Rome: Carocci.
Pearson, K. (1901). On lines and planes of closest fit to systems of points in space. Philosophical Magazine,
2(11), 559–572.
Ranci, C. . (2002). Le nuove disuguaglianze sociali in Italia. Bologna: Il Mulino.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1201
Measuring Social Vulnerability inanUrban Space Through…
1 3
Ranci, C. (2010). Social vulnerability in Europe. In The New Configuration of Social Risks. Basingstoke:
Palgrave Macmillan.
Sen, A. K. (1985). Commodities and capabilities. Amsterdam: North Holland.
Sen, A. K. (1987). The standard of living. In G. Hawthorn (Ed.), The standard of living: Lecture I (pp.
1–19). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sen, A. K. (1999). Development as freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Smit, B., & Wandel, J. (2006). Adaptation, adaptive capacity and vulnerability. Global Environmental
Change, 16(3), 282–292.
Taylor-Gooby, P. (2004). New risks and social change. In P. Taylor-Gooby (Ed.), New risks, New Welfare?
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tate, E., Cutter, S., & Berry, M. (2010). Integrated multihazard mapping. Environment and Planning B,
37(4), 646–663.
Thiessen, H. (1997). Measuring the real world: A textbook of applied statistical methods. Chichester: Wiley.
Thurstone, L. L. (1931). Multiple factor analysis. Psychological Review, 38(5), 406.
Watts, M. J., & Bohle, H. G. (1993). The space of vulnerability: The causal structure of hunger and famine.
Progress in Human Geography, 17(1), 43–67.
XLSTAT (2017). Data analysis and statistical solution for Microsoft Excel. Paris: Addinsoft.
Publisher’s Note Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and
institutional affiliations.
Content courtesy of Springer Nature, terms of use apply. Rights reserved.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Terms and Conditions
Springer Nature journal content, brought to you courtesy of Springer Nature Customer Service Center
GmbH (“Springer Nature”).
Springer Nature supports a reasonable amount of sharing of research papers by authors, subscribers
and authorised users (“Users”), for small-scale personal, non-commercial use provided that all
copyright, trade and service marks and other proprietary notices are maintained. By accessing,
sharing, receiving or otherwise using the Springer Nature journal content you agree to these terms of
use (“Terms”). For these purposes, Springer Nature considers academic use (by researchers and
students) to be non-commercial.
These Terms are supplementary and will apply in addition to any applicable website terms and
conditions, a relevant site licence or a personal subscription. These Terms will prevail over any
conflict or ambiguity with regards to the relevant terms, a site licence or a personal subscription (to
the extent of the conflict or ambiguity only). For Creative Commons-licensed articles, the terms of
the Creative Commons license used will apply.
We collect and use personal data to provide access to the Springer Nature journal content. We may
also use these personal data internally within ResearchGate and Springer Nature and as agreed share
it, in an anonymised way, for purposes of tracking, analysis and reporting. We will not otherwise
disclose your personal data outside the ResearchGate or the Springer Nature group of companies
unless we have your permission as detailed in the Privacy Policy.
While Users may use the Springer Nature journal content for small scale, personal non-commercial
use, it is important to note that Users may not:
use such content for the purpose of providing other users with access on a regular or large scale
basis or as a means to circumvent access control;
use such content where to do so would be considered a criminal or statutory offence in any
jurisdiction, or gives rise to civil liability, or is otherwise unlawful;
falsely or misleadingly imply or suggest endorsement, approval , sponsorship, or association
unless explicitly agreed to by Springer Nature in writing;
use bots or other automated methods to access the content or redirect messages
override any security feature or exclusionary protocol; or
share the content in order to create substitute for Springer Nature products or services or a
systematic database of Springer Nature journal content.
In line with the restriction against commercial use, Springer Nature does not permit the creation of a
product or service that creates revenue, royalties, rent or income from our content or its inclusion as
part of a paid for service or for other commercial gain. Springer Nature journal content cannot be
used for inter-library loans and librarians may not upload Springer Nature journal content on a large
scale into their, or any other, institutional repository.
These terms of use are reviewed regularly and may be amended at any time. Springer Nature is not
obligated to publish any information or content on this website and may remove it or features or
functionality at our sole discretion, at any time with or without notice. Springer Nature may revoke
this licence to you at any time and remove access to any copies of the Springer Nature journal content
which have been saved.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, Springer Nature makes no warranties, representations or
guarantees to Users, either express or implied with respect to the Springer nature journal content and
all parties disclaim and waive any implied warranties or warranties imposed by law, including
merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose.
Please note that these rights do not automatically extend to content, data or other material published
by Springer Nature that may be licensed from third parties.
If you would like to use or distribute our Springer Nature journal content to a wider audience or on a
regular basis or in any other manner not expressly permitted by these Terms, please contact Springer
Nature at
onlineservice@springernature.com
... In general, low vulnerability areas are concentrated in and around provincial capitals. This conclusion is consistent with the result of existing research (Davino et al. 2021;Dintwa et al. 2019). The articles mentioned that the vulnerability of central cities is lower than that of surrounding cities or villages. ...
Article
Full-text available
Natural hazards and urbanization put enormous pressure on cities and affect their sustainable development. Against the backdrop of the increasingly prominent urban disease, a comprehensive urban vulnerability assessment has a positive effect on improving the quality of urbanization. In this study, prefecture-level cities in Southwest China were taken as the study area, and their vulnerability was studied dynamically from 2010 to 2019. The four major systems were integrated, and a comprehensive vulnerability evaluation index system was constructed. Game theory and TOPSIS were combined to minimize the impact of subjective factors on the results. The results indicate that the overall vulnerability of Southwest China shows an irregular downward trend and strong spatial heterogeneity. There are 5 cities with very high vulnerability and 1 with very low vulnerability in 2010, accounting for 15.15% and 3.03% of the total number of cities, respectively. In contrast, the results for 2019 are the opposite, with 1 city with very high vulnerability and 5 cities with very low vulnerability. The better the economic situation, the lower the urban vulnerability. And there is a non-strictly negative correlation between urban vulnerability and urban size. When the difference in size between two cities is large enough, the vulnerability of the larger city is significantly lower. Leading development cities such as Chengdu and Chongqing have low vulnerability, while high vulnerability is mainly distributed in cities with poor infrastructure. On the basis of results, the research can be regarded as reference for urban management and coordinated development.
... Por ejemplo, en el caso español se subrayan estudios como los de Hernández Aja (1997), Arias Goytre (2000), Alguacil Gómez (2006) o Alguacil Gómez et al. (2014. Además, dado el enfoque holístico que tiene la vulnerabilidad social, existen diversas propuestas estadísticas que ofrecen indicadores que miden el grado de vulnerabilidad (Cutter et al., 2000;Cutter et al., 2003;Tate, 2013;Navarro et al., 2020;Pérez Morales et al., 2021;Davino et al., 2021;Gayen et al., 2021, entre otras). Sin embargo, cada vez existe un mayor número de investigaciones que incorporan técnicas cualitativas como las entrevistas, la observación participante o los recorridos urbanos (García-Hernández, 2018;García-Araque & García-Cuesta, 2020;Valle Ramos et al., 2020). ...
Article
Full-text available
Tiro de Línea se corresponde con el modelo de barriada obrera periférica que, conforme avanza la segunda mitad del siglo XX, progresivamente se va integrando en el entramado urbano de Sevilla. En ese discurrir cronológico ha resultado decisivo el componente reivindicativo de sus vecinos, quienes, para paliar la situación de vulnerabilidad social, han solicitado respuestas a la Administración Pública ante distintos problemas habitacionales y dotacionales. El artículo ofrece una aproximación a la situación vulnerable de un barrio cuyo movimiento social urbano contiene una acción colectiva arraigada desde sus orígenes hasta la actualidad. Para ello se emplea una metodología basada en la revisión de la bibliografía consolidada, el empleo de entrevistas a agentes sociales y las diversas fuentes documentales, periodísticas, estadísticas y cartográficas. El análisis se establece en variables sociodemográficas, socioeconómicas, residenciales y subjetivas. Esto permite ilustrar una vulnerabilidad visible en distintos fenómenos. Así sucede con el envejecimiento de la población residente, un acusado desempleo superior a la media de la ciudad, un grado medio-alto de vulnerabilidad residencial y el desarrollo de una población estudiantil joven sin vocación de permanencia.
Article
Full-text available
The world-shaking communicable coronavirus disease (i.e., COVID-19) has become a pandemic threat to a healthy built environment. This study aimed to develop the COVID-19-adapted multi-functional corniche street design (Ca-MCSD) assessment model. Accordingly, this study identified variables coordinating the local environmental, physical, social, cultural, and political mediations of multi-functional corniche street design. Secondly, it measured the weight of every single variable through confirmatory analysis, normalization, and standardization techniques, and an expert-input study then developed the MCSD model and Ca-MCSD model. This study validated the models through a case study (i.e., Al Wakrah corniche street in Dubai, Qatar) and conducted ANOVA regression analysis and global sensitivity analysis (GSA). The Ca-MCSD model evaluates the design quality of a corniche street across five criteria—inclusiveness, desirable activities, safety, comfort, and pleasurability—and forty-two sub-criteria. The regression analysis determined that the MCSD model and Ca-MCSD model are linearly and positively correlated (Y = 0.811777X + 0.383401), where the Pearson regression coefficient (r) equaled 0.903729, r2 equaled 0.816727, and the p-value was 0.025 with 95% confidence intervals. The research found that, before the COVID-19 pandemic, microclimate comfort (avWSc.3.4 = 7.880), community gathering places (Sc.2.1), availability of foods (Sc.2.4), appropriate maintenance and physical condition (Sc.3.6), and attractiveness of space (Sc.5.8) (avW = 6.000) played critical roles in designing a multi-functional corniche street. However, after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the key drivers changed to microclimate comfort (favWSc.3.4 = 12.632), appropriate maintenance and physical condition (favWSc.3.6 = 9.618), physical/visual connection or openness to adjacent spaces (favWSc.4.1 = 4.809), and over-securitization (favWSc.4.1 = 4.287).
Article
There are few studies on the social vulnerability of small towns in landslide disaster areas. The occurrence of geological disasters will directly threaten the local socioeconomic growth, it is particularly important to identify vulnerable areas and populations by using the social vulnerability index system. Eleven small towns of landslide areas after Wenchuan earthquake were taken as examples, based on 863 questionnaires and statistical data, this study established a new comprehensive evaluation index system of social vulnerability evaluation in landslide areas, and conducted quantitative evaluation by using the improved TOPSIS (Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to an Ideal Solution) model, the social vulnerability index was adopted to compare, classify and rank the social vulnerability levels in townships. The empirical results indicate that the social vulnerability showed the characteristics of regional heterogeneity, most towns showed a high or medium level of social vulnerability. Only Yingxiu showed a low level of social vulnerability, Shuimo presented the highest evaluation score of social vulnerability in eleven towns, the inter-group difference between these two towns is 0.286. Risk perception is an important factor affecting social vulnerability in landslide areas, involving disaster awareness, disaster cognitive approach, and community publicity. Additionally, social structure is another key factor affecting these areas based on the scores of the top three areas with the highest social vulnerability, including disaster prevention facilities, residents' income, and infrastructure accessibility. The index system can evaluate the social vulnerability scientifically in landslide areas, it can be used for urban disaster management and socioeconomic development in geological disaster areas.
Article
Full-text available
The assessment of the vulnerability of a community endangerd by seismic hazard is of paramount importance for planning a precision policy aimed at the prevention and reduction of its seismic risk. We aim at measuring the vulnerability of the Italian municipalities exposed to seismic hazard, by analysing the open data offered by the Mappa dei Rischi dei Comuni Italiani provided by ISTAT, the Italian National Institute of Statistics. Encompassing the Index of Social and Material Vulnerability already computed by ISTAT, we also consider as referents of the latent social and material vulnerability of a community, its demographic dynamics and the age of the building stock where the community resides. Fusing the analyses of different indicators, within the context of seismic risk we offer a tentative ranking of the Italian municipalities in terms of their social and material vulnerability, together with differential profiles of their dominant fragilities which constitute the basis for planning precision policies aimed at seismic risk prevention and reduction.
Article
Full-text available
Provides a nontechnical introduction to the partial least squares (PLS) approach. As a logical base for comparison, the PLS approach for structural path estimation is contrasted to the covariance-based approach. In so doing, a set of considerations are then provided with the goal of helping the reader understand the conditions under which it might be reasonable or even more appropriate to employ this technique. This chapter builds up from various simple 2 latent variable models to a more complex one. The formal PLS model is provided along with a discussion of the properties of its estimates. An empirical example is provided as a basis for highlighting the various analytic considerations when using PLS and the set of tests that one can employ is assessing the validity of a PLS-based model. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Book
The Golden Age of post‐war capitalism has been eclipsed, and with it seemingly also the possibility of harmonizing equality and welfare with efficiency and jobs. Most analyses believe that the emerging post‐industrial society is overdetermined by massive, convergent forces, such as tertiarization, new technologies, or globalization, all conspiring to make welfare states unsustainable in the future. This book takes a second, more sociological and institutional look at the driving forces of economic transformation. What stands out as a result is that there is post‐industrial diversity rather than convergence. Macroscopic, global trends are undoubtedly powerful, yet their influence is easily rivalled by domestic institutional traditions, by the kind of welfare regime that, some generations ago, was put in place. It is, however, especially the family economy that holds the key as to what kind of post‐industrial model will emerge, and to how evolving trade‐offs will be managed. Twentieth‐century economic analysis depended on a set of sociological assumptions that now are invalid. Hence, to grasp better what drives today's economy, it is necessary to begin with its social foundations. After an Introduction, the book is arranged in three parts: I, Varieties of Welfare Capitalism (four chapters); II, The New Political Economy (two chapters); and III, Welfare Capitalism Recast? (two chapters).
Article
Critical environmental regions - concepts, distinctions and issues Amazonia the Aral Sea basin the Nepal middle mountains the Ukambani region of Kenya the Llano Estacado of the American Southern High Plains the Basin of Mexico the North Sea the Ordos Plateau of China the eastern Sunderland region of South-East Asia comparisons and conclusions.
Article
* APPROACHES TO RISK AND DISASTER: Introduction: Danger and ModernityRisk and Damaging Events * The Geographicalness of Disaster * Natural Hazards * Technological Hazards * Social Hazards: Violence and the Disasters of War * Vulnerability Perspectives: The Human Ecology of Endangerment * Active Perspectives: Responses to Disaster and Adjustments to Risks * COMMUNITIES AT RISK, PLACES OF DISASTER: 'Unnatural' Disasters: The Case of Earthquake Hazards * Contexts of Risk: Mountain Land Hazards and Vulnerabilities * Risks in the City * Place Annihilation: Air War and the Vulnerability of Cities * Holocaust: Genocide and Geographical Calamity Concluding Remarks: the perspective of ideas
Chapter
The second half of the twentieth century will be remembered as an era characterized, in advanced capitalist European countries, by the creation of huge systems of welfare protection. Supported by substantial economic growth and by a relatively peaceful international situation, Western European countries developed economic and institutional mechanisms that guaranteed a high standard of living for the very broad majority of the population. The main risks encountered by people during their lives — illness, unemployment, disability and old age — were insured against by generous systems of state protection. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the great majority of the western European population is in possession of social guarantees and is basically protected against the major threats that hung very heavily over the heads of previous generations.