Migration and Environmental Change

Das Environmental Migration Portal hält vom 8.-9. Dezember 2016 eine Konferenz zum Thema ‚Migration and Environmental Change‚ in Berlin ab. Das Programm wird veröffentlicht, sobald es verfügbar ist.

Die Panels:

  1. Regional environmental change. Today, a wide array of remote sensing techniques and field-based geospatial methodologies allow to identify and to trace changes in coastal morphology over the past decades and longer. This session highlights new and integrated methods to reconstruct environmental change. Of particular interest are GIS data presenting coastal changes based on historical aerial photographs, satellite images, the application of drones and other photographical evidence, as well as the outcomes of sedimentological studies that implement investigations on changes in meteorological and hydrological conditions and its effects on the coastline.

  2. Risk Cultures, perceptions and narratives: Established institutions as well as non- institutional settings are governed by cultural codes, narratives and symbols that find expression via art, music and religious performances. The perception of risks or of what might constitute risks by individuals and groups might influence migration decision making and thus is crucial for understanding the overall cultural setting in which migration and mobility occur. This session invites papers that address the cultural dimension and representation of environmental change and migration. It welcomes a focus on contributions that interpret institutions and social motives as culturally structured and flexible

  3. Migration, mobility, migrant trajectories and diaspora: Internal and interregional migration within many countries of the global south is a dominant feature regarding population dynamics. Migration trajectories increasingly follow international pathways and connect communities to the global diaspora. These linkages of local, regional, and global migratory circuits interfere with questions of environmental change and development. This session puts major emphasis on identifying (im)mobility patterns in relation to environmental change. It invites contributions on the persistence or change of migrant trajectories under changing climatic and/ or environmental conditions over time.

  4. Economic household strategies and resource management. This session sheds light on the different economic household strategies as related to environmental events. It focuses on adaptation strategies, on migration decisions as well as on resource management. It highlights the management of common pool resources and investigates risk behavior of individuals in face of changing environmental conditions. It also asks in which respect migration decisions might be affected by such risk behavior or by other preferences, such as patience and trust.

  5. Policies and politics of adaptation and resilience: Global environmental change is expected to fundamentally increase societal risks and the need of sound strategies to adapt to those changes. The focus of this session is to investigate processes of political decision making in the context of regional environmental change by taking into account heterogeneous actors and institutions: “traditional” governmental authorities from different levels, diaspora communities, local grass root organizations, influential informal institutions, and international corporations or donor organizations in the OECD – world.

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