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Seychelles, a vulnerable or resilient SIDS? A local perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Gray, Professor Selina Stead



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ABSTRACT: This article analyses perceptions of residents of the Seychelles the western Indian Ocean in relation to a long-running debate over small island developing states (SIDS) - whether they are vulnerable or resilient. The results of data obtained from 25 key informant interviews and 70 household surveys conducted in 2013 showed that respondents perceived their country to be both vulnerable and resilient. Moreover, the data revealed that the relationship between vulnerability and resilience was complex, and that five interpretations of that relationship were evident: conflict, compromise, complementarity, symbiosis and transformation. Also, the conceptual distance between the two terms, vulnerability and resilience was shown to be closer than commonly assumed. Finally, the paper questions whether the debate over vulnerability versus resilience is rightly confined to SIDS or could be equally applied to large-scale states

Publication metadata

Author(s): Philpot D, Gray TS, Stead SM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Island Studies Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 31-48

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Acceptance date: 11/12/2014

Date deposited: 09/03/2015

ISSN (electronic): 1715-2593

Publisher: University of Prince Edward Island