New Journal Articles by UCRSEA Partners

Members of our partners from the Royal University of Phnom Penh and Mahasarakham University have recently published articles in well-respected and widely cited journals based on their UCRSEA research funded by SSHRC and IDRC.

Kimleng Sa of the Faculty of Development Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh, wrote the article, “Cambodia Urban Climate Vulnerability in Cambodia: A Case Study in Koh Kong Province”, which was published in the Economies Journal. This study investigated an urban climate vulnerability in Cambodia by constructing an index to compare three different communes, Smach Meanchey, Daun Tong, and Steong Veng, located in the Khemarak Phoumin district, Koh Kong province. It was found that Daun Tong commune was the most vulnerable location among the three communes, followed by Steong Veng. The full article can be accessed at

The second article, “Emerging Livelihood Vulnerabilities in an Urbanizing and Climate Uncertain Environment for the Case of a Secondary City in Thailand”, is by Astrud Lea Beringer and Jutamas Kaewsuk of the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahasarakham University. Their paper focuses on the increasing flood risks in Thailand, which lead to new challenges for flood management and livelihoods. Policy makers prefer building flood protection infrastructure over utilizing non-structural measures like urban planning regulations to mitigate risks. They argue that unplanned urbanization intensifies flood risks and livelihood vulnerability and may even create new poverty patterns in peri-urban areas. However, urbanization can also strengthen the adaptive capacity of people in flood risk areas by providing more secure employment opportunities.

The full article, which appears in the Sustainability Journal, was also presented by Astrud at the 2018 Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference in Toronto, Canada and in Resilient Cities 2018 in Bonn Germany in April. It is available at