Rationale for the Project
The State of Environmental Migration is meant to be an annual series of a compilation of students papers, produced in the frame of the course on “Environment and Migration” at PSIA.
It is supervised by two researchers and one practioners, and published jointly by both Sciences Po and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM). It is an assessment of environmental phenomena that occurred during the year, being slow or sudden onset, manmade or natural, through their impact on migration flows and policies. By being both on assessment of migration movements and an overview of the country situation in terms of environmental, social and legal vulnerabilities and gaps, those studies would provide country profiles essential to the current research on environmentally induced migration.
The idea behind the choice of assembling such a volume is twofold.
- To promote young researcher work on the issue of environment, climate change and migration. Editing such a volume is a stepping-stone for promising graduated students and a mean of encouraging networking within the community of young researchers. The support of IOM on this project is also the sign of a significant growing interest within international organizations for enhancing the work of young scholars.
- The State of Environmental Migration is meant to be a visible and accessible manual on the emerging issue of environmental migration, for students, scholars, journalists and particulars interested in the issue.
Three editions have been published so far:
The SEM 2014 should be published in the Fall of 2014. The different case-studies should be gathered on a dedicated website, common to all SEM editions – currently in process.
The papers should not exceed 7,000 words – bibliography included.
Yet, in the cases of a joint work between two students, the joint paper should not exceed 10,000 words.
Case studies should address various issues, among which one should be particularly highlighted:
- Migration and displacement policies and management;
- Voluntary versus forced displacement;
- Adaptation policies,
- Disaster Risk reduction and management strategies;
- Internally displaced people, refugees and migrant protection;
- Vulnerabilities and human security;
- Protection of human rights.
The analysis should be twofold:
- Field grounded:
In most cases, your paper will be one of the first attempts to document a recent case of environmental migration. Therefore, the amount of sources/documents you will be able to use is likely to be (very) limited. A key objective of the work is that you create your own research material: you should therefore interview who are present in the field or operatives who have been present on the field at the time of the crisis. IOM local offices as well as the editorial team can help you get access to these people. Press articles are also likely to be a key research materials, as well as statistical data that you can obtain from public authorities, international organisations and NGOs.
You should also provide as much data and information as you can about the ongoing migration/displacement, the perception of such movements within the studied country. Accordingly, media sources and any type of humanitarian reports should be looked for, studied and confronted with one another as exhaustively as possible
Try to address the following in particular:
- Summary of environmental vulnerabilities of the said country/region
- Historical overview of precedent disaster and displacement
Please make sure both sections do not goes beyond a fifth of the total length of the paper.
- Data on current displacement: date is often the most difficult part to document. Often, students face lack of data and/or contradictory data. This should not be seen as a obstacle but rather be reflected upon in your research: discuss the sources, the gaps between one number and another etc.
- Overview of current protection and management challenges : one should be favored and particularly discussed in your paper.
You will need to pay a specific attention to the policy responses that are/have been implemented to deal with your case of environmental migration. Which actors are involved? What are the legal and policy challenges? How is the reconstruction going?
Avoid all generalities and theoretical points about environmental migration; these will be covered in the introduction. You should note hesitate to include policy recommendations in the concluding section of your case.
Please ensure that your references follow the following guidelines.
Phone and possibly field interviews are highly recommended.
It goes without saying that plagiarism is strictly forbidden, and that all information should be referenced.
1. Reference should be as much as possible brackets within the text with the author name, the date, and the page if quoting. Footnote should rather be used to bring to the attention of the reader to specific or complementary information.
Ex: In 2010, it is estimated that more than 30 million people were displaced by extreme environment events in Asia and the Pacific (Yenotani 2011).
2. Complete reference should then be carefully reported at the end of the chapter, following this template:
Books and reports
Yenotani, Michelle. 2011. Displacement due to natural hazard-induced disasters. Global estimates for 2009 and 2010. Oslo: IDMC & NRC.
Gemenne, François. 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.
Moreno, Sylvia. 2006. « After Welcoming Evacuees, Houston Handles Spike in Crime. » In Washington Post. Washington, DC. A03.
Interview with Dina Ionesco, IOM Policy Officer, conducted on 15 March 2013 in Geneva.
International Organisation for Migration, http://www.iom.int (consulted on 15 March 2013).
The SEM especially seek to be a visual support of researched information. Graphics, tables and images are highly recommended.
Yet, to ensure copyright, authors are required to correctly reference the source of the visuals. Own elaborated visuals should be notified as follow – Source: Author’s Name, Year . Pictures and images cannot be copied without permission, therefore images without copyright will be removed from the articles.
- February 10th: Choice of case-studies
- March 3rd: Submission of abstract
- April 7th: Submission of papers (assignment for the class)
- April (date TBC): Feedback on the papers
- May: Selection of papers, structure and elaboration of table of contents – First batch of comments to be sent to the students (editors)
- Late May: Meeting between editors and students
- Late June: Submission of papers – second version (students)
- July/August: Editing and publishing