International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305


Climate change vulnerability and adaptability in an urban context: A case study of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Logan Cochrane* and Peter Costolanski
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 01 July 2013
  •  Published: 30 September 2013


This paper explores the nature of vulnerability to climate change and examines the adaptation strategies of the residents of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Data were collected through qualitative interviews to understand the perceptions and coping mechanisms of households and then contextualized within the existing local, national and international research. The findings reveal positive adaptations to climate change in some areas but also non-existent or maladaptive changes in other areas that have increased vulnerability. The study prioritized vulnerabilities based upon the data collected. Of the areas examined, food (in) security emerged as the greatest immediate and long-term vulnerability for the target population.

Keywords: Addis Ababa, adaptability, climate change, Ethiopia, vulnerability