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Qualitative Methodologies for the Analysis of Intra-Urban Socio-Environmental Vulnerability in Barcelona (Spain): Case Studies

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Geography Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco Campus, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Geography Department, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José 2060, Costa Rica
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(4), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040116
Received: 19 October 2018 / Revised: 23 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 3 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Squandering and Social Crisis in the Spanish City)
The city of Barcelona, like other cities in the world, suffers strong internal socio-economic inequalities in its neighborhoods. 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 show the importance 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio-environmental vulnerability; Barcelona; spatial analysis; qualitative methodology; vulnerable neighborhoods socio-environmental vulnerability; Barcelona; spatial analysis; qualitative methodology; vulnerable neighborhoods
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040116

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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 Science. 2018; 2(4):116. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040116

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Palacios, Antonio, Ana Mellado, and Yazmín León. 2018. "Qualitative Methodologies for the Analysis of Intra-Urban Socio-Environmental Vulnerability in Barcelona (Spain): Case Studies" Urban Science 2, no. 4: 116. https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2040116

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