Original Research

Mapping disability and climate change knowledge base in Scopus using bibliometric analysis

Tawanda Makuyana, Kaitano Dube
African Journal of Disability | Vol 13 | a1339 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v13i0.1339 | © 2024 Tawanda Makuyana, Kaitano Dube | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 September 2023 | Published: 22 March 2024

About the author(s)

Tawanda Makuyana, Department of Tourism and Integrated Communication, Faculty of Human Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Kaitano Dube, Department of Tourism and Integrated Communication, Faculty of Human Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Climate change and disability are rarely addressed by academic scholars within the spectrum of disabilities and as a single field of study. However, the intersectionality of disability exacerbates the vulnerability of people with disabilities to climate change as climate change frameworks in the Global North and South continue excluding them.

Objectives: This study aims to map the research-based knowledge housed in Scopus on disability and climate change. At the same time, it provides insights into innovative (novelty) ways of thinking and proposes a futuristic research agenda.

Method: A bibliometric analysis was conducted on Scopus-indexed articles using VOSviewer to map co-occurrences of keywords and co-authorship, and a manual thematic-scoping review augmented the data analysis.

Results: The disability and climate change debate as a joint study evolved from concern among health practitioners to human rights and social inclusion.

Conclusion: In conclusion, there is a skewness towards mental health and medical sociology lens, while other sub-groups of persons with disabilities are yet to be engaged in co-creating disability-inclusive climate change knowledge.

Contribution: Thematic areas emerged as gaps that future studies embed principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Keywords

disability; climate change; persons with disabilities; inclusive climate change framework; extreme weather events

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 13: Climate action

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