Shocks and Development

Countries throughout the world are increasingly vulnerable to shocks.

These unexpected events can have a huge impact on development. They include health shocks such as COVID-19, economic shocks like the current global recession and climatic shocks such as storms, floods and droughts. CID researchers have examined how such shocks impact on human well-being and development.

Lead: Simon Feeny

Other researchers: Alberto Posso, Trong-Anh Trinh, Sefa Churchill

SDG alignment 

Recent Publications

  • Steinfield, L., Venugopal, S., Appau, S., Barrios, A., Dadzie, C., Gau, R., Holt, D., Tuyet, M.N.T & Shultz, C. (2020). Across Time, Across Space and Intersecting in Complex Ways: A Framework for Assessing Impacts of Environmental Disruptions on Nature-Dependent Prosumers. Journal of Public Policy & Marketing.
  • Trong-Anh, T., Feeny, S. and A. Posso (2020) The Impact of Natural Disasters on Migration: Findings from Vietnam, Journal Demographic Economics, [forthcoming].
  • Trong-Anh, T., Feeny, S. and A. Posso (2020) Rainfall Shocks and Child Health: The Role of Parental Mental Health, Climate and Development, DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2020.1716672.
  • Trong-Anh, T., Posso, A. and S. Feeny (2019), Child Labour and Rainfall Deviation: Panel Data Evidence from Rural Vietnam, The Developing Economies, Vol.58, No.1, pp.63-76. 
  • Venugopal, S., Gau, R., Appau, S., Sample, K. L., & Pereira, R. C. (2019). Adapting traditional livelihood practices in the face of environmental disruptions in subsistence communities. Journal of Business Research, 100, 400-409.
  • Donahue, J., Eccles, K., Feeny, S., McDonald, L. and A. Posso (2017), Gendered Impacts of Global Economic Shocks: Finds from Household in Melanesia, Pacific Studies, Vol.4, No.3, pp.329-356.
  • Feeny, S. and L. McDonald (2016), Vulnerability to Multidimensional Poverty: Findings from Households in Melanesia, Journal of Development Studies.Vol.52, No.3, pp.447-464.
  • Pham, G., Chuah, S-H. and S. Feeny (2021). Factors Affecting the Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices: Findings from Panel Data for Vietnam, Ecological Economics, Vol.184.
  • Feeny, S., Mishra, A., Trinh, T-A., Ye, L. and A. Zhu (2021) Early Life Exposure to Rainfall Shocks and Gender Gaps in Employment: Findings from Vietnam, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Vol.183, pp.533-554.
  • Trong-Anh, T., Feeny, S. and A, Posso (2020) in "The Impact of Natural Disasters and Climate Change on Agriculture: Evidence from Vietnam" in Chaiechi, T. (ed.) Economic Effects of Natural Disasters: Theoretical Foundations, Methods and Tools, Elsevier. pp.261-80.

Work in progress

  • Feeny, S., Trong-Anh, T. and A. de Silva (2020), Detecting Disasters and Disaster Recovery in South-East Asia: Findings from Space.
  • Awaworyi Churchill, S., Smyth, R., and Trinh, A. “The intergenerational impact of war: Bombings and child labour in Vietnam”
  • Awaworyi Churchill, S., Munyanyi, M.E., Smyth, R., and Trinh, A. “Early Life Shocks and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from the Vietnam War”
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.