Journal Special Issue
Vulnerability in Development

Advances in Concept and Measurement

The six papers in this Special Issue to provide insights into advances in conceptualizing and measuring vulnerability, in particularly household vulnerability to poverty and country and regional vulnerability to external shocks. All of the papers were presented at the WIDER Conference on Fragile States – Fragile Groups, held in Helsinki in June 2007. The aim of the papers collected here is to consolidate the current state of the art as far as the concept and measurement of vulnerability on different levels and outcomes are concerned, and to note directions for future research. The journal issue complements the UNU-WIDER book on ‘Vulnerability in Developing Countries’, which is published in September 2009 by United Nations University Press.