Living with Floods in a Mobile Southeast Asia




Middleton, C.
Elmhirst, R.
Chantavanich, S.


Living with Floods in a Mobile Southeast Asia




Taylor & Francis


This book contributes to a better understanding of the relationship between  migration, vulnerability, resilience and social justice associated with flooding across diverse environmental, social and policy contexts in Southeast Asia. It challenges simplistic analyses of flooding as a singular driver of migration, and instead considers the often complex ways in which floods figure in migration- based livelihoods and amongst already mobile populations.

Developing a conceptual framework based on a ‘mobile political ecology’ the authors pay particular attention to the multidimensionality, temporalities and geographies of mobility and vulnerability. The focus is on identifying the environmental, social, institutional and political factors that produce and perpetuate
vulnerabilities that provide context to capacities (or lack thereof) of individuals and households. These include: the sociopolitical dynamics of floods, flood hazards and risky environments, the characteristics of migration and migrant-based livelihoods and the policy environments through which these take shape.

Organised around a series of eight empirical urban and rural case studies in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, where lives are marked by mobility and by floods associated with the region’s monsoonal climate, the book concludes by synthesising the insights of the case studies, and suggests future policy directions. Together, the chapters highlight critical policy questions around the governance of migration, institutionalised disaster response strategies and broader development agendas.


Middleton, C., Elmhirst, R., & Chantavanich, S. (2017). Living with Floods in a Mobile Southeast Asia. Taylor & Francis.