Self-stated recovery from flooding: Empirical results from a survey in Central Vietnam

Paul Hudson*, My Pham, Liselotte Hagedoorn, Annegret H. Thieken, R Lasage, Philip Bubeck

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Social inequalities lead to flood resilience inequalities across social groups, a topic that requires improved documentation and understanding. The objective of this paper is to attend to these differences by investigating self-stated flood recovery across genders in Vietnam as a conceptual replication of earlier results from Germany. This study employs a regression-based analysis of 1,010 respondents divided between a rural coastal and an urban community inThua Thien-Hue province. The results highlight an important set of recovery process-related variables. The set of relevant variables is similar across genders in terms of inclusion and influence, and includes age, social capital, internal and external support after a flood, perceived severity of previous flood impacts, and the perception of stress-resilience. However, women were affected more heavily by flooding in terms of longer recovery times, which should be accounted for in risk management. Overall, the studied variables perform similarly in Vietnam and Germany. This study, therefore, conceptually replicates previous results suggesting that women display slightly slower recovery levels as well as that psychological variables influence recovery rates more than adverse flood impacts. This provides an indication of the results' potentially robust nature due to the different socio-environmental contexts in Germany and Vietnam.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12680
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Flood Risk Management
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • flood recovery
  • resilience
  • societal equity
  • vulnerability


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