A future agenda for research on climate change and human mobility

Robert Oakes, Kees van der Geest, Benjamin Schraven, Stephen Adaawen, Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Alex de Sherbinin, Benjamin Etzold, Juliane Groth, Kathleen Hermans, Silvana Lakemann, Raphael Nawrotzki, Christina Rademacher-Schulz, Clemens Romankiewicz, Diogo Andreola Serraglio, Harald Sterly, Lisa Thalheimer, Charlotte Wiederkehr, David Williams

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In the past 15 years, research activities focusing on the interlinkages between climate change and human mobility have intensified. At the same time, an increasing number of actors and processes have sought to address human mobility in the context of climate change from a policy perspective. Hitherto, research has been limited in terms of geographical preferences as well as conceptual and methodological focus areas. This paper argues that to address the evolving policy space, future research on climate change in the context of human mobility needs to become more differentiated, integrated and generalized. This includes concerted efforts to better integrate researchers from the global South, improved cross-linkages between different datasets, approaches and disciplines, more longitudinal and comparative studies and development of innovative qualitative and quantitative methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 105205 Climate change
  • 504021 Migration research
  • 509023 Development research

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