Massive population displacements are regularly forecasted as one of climate change’s most dramatic consequences. The nexus between environmental change and migratory dynamics are however far more complex than the usual causal and direct Relationship portrayed by media and policy-makers. Building upon extensive fieldwork, this class aims to examine the reality of migratory flows associated with environmental disruptions – those induced by climate change, of course, but also those induced by other causes such as industrial accidents. A second part of the class addresses the policy responses that have been implemented so far, as well as those that are envisioned for the future.
The seminar will feature numerous guest speakers: scholars as well as practitioners and representatives from NGOs and international organisations (IOM, UNHCR, Red Cross…)
Session 1 – Jan 20th
Presentation of the seminar
Session 2 – Jan 27th
Climates of Migration: http://climatesofmigration.org/
Rousseau and Voltaire on the Lisbon disaster: http://geophysics-old.tau.ac.il/personal/shmulik/LisbonEq-letters.htm
Part I: Empirical realities
Session 3 – Feb 3rd
Migration and brutal disasters, from the Great Fire of London (1666) to the Fukushima accident (2011)
What’s in a name – Katrina – Gemenne
Session 4 – Feb 10th
Migration and slow-onset events: sea-level rise, desertification, and deforestation.
Session 5 – Feb 17th
Displaced by the sate: the case of resettlement
Part II: Tools and Methods
Session 6 – March 3rd
Conceptualising the environment-migration nexus: methodological tools
Session 7 – March 10th
Counting and mapping the migrants: quantitative issues.
A sample agent-based model: NetLogo
Part III: Policy responses
Session 8 – March 17th
Migration and adaptation to climate change.
Session 9 – March 24th
Legal protection: migrants without status.
No session on March 31st
Session 10 – April 7th
Discourses and representations
Case-study is due
No session on April 14th
Session 11 – Date TBC
Working session on the case-study reports
Session 12 – Date TBC
Conclusion: A specific category of migrants?
Asian Development Bank (2011) Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. ADB, Manila
Black, R. (1998) Refugees, Environment and Development. Harlow (UK): Addison Wesley Longman.
Boano, C., R. Zetter, et T. Morris (2007) « Environmentally displaced people: Understanding the linkages between environmental change, livelihoods and forced migration ». Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre.
Brown, O. (2008) ‘Migration and Climate Change’. IOM Migration Research Series. Geneva: International Organisation for Migration.
EACH-FOR, Environmental Changes and Forced Migration Scenarios : www.each-for.eu
Foresight (2011) « Migration and Global Environmental Change. Final Project Report. » The Government Office for Science, London.
Gemenne, F. (2011) Why the numbers don’t add up: A review of estimates and predictions of people displaced by environmental changes. Global Environmental Change 21 (S1):41-49
McAdam, J. (Ed.) (2010) Climate Change and Displacement. Multidisciplinary Perspectives. London: Hart.
Piguet, Etienne. 2008. « Climate change and forced migration. » In New issues in refugee research. Geneva: UNHCR.
25% of the mark will be based on the students’ active involvement in the seminars’ discussions. 75% of the mark will be based on a case-study to hand in by April 7th, 2014. Each student will choose a different case-study. Students will have to describe the ongoing migration dynamics associated with environmental changes in that region. The case-studies should be prepared with a view to publication. See the guidelines of the State of Environmental Migration for further guidance.