Assessing technology system contributions to urban dweller vulnerabilities

Lindsay J. Robertson, Katina Michael, Albert Munoz

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Urban dwellers are increasingly vulnerable to failures of technological systems that supply them with goods and services. Extant techniques for the analysis of those technological systems, although valuable, do not adequately quantify particular vulnerabilities. This study explores the significance of weaknesses within technological systems and proposes a metric of “exposure”, which is shown to represent the vulnerability contributed by the technological system to the end-user. The measure thus contributes to the theory and practice of vulnerability reduction. The results suggest specific and general conclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalTechnology in Society
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Exposure
  • Risk
  • Technological vulnerability
  • Urban individual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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