COST Action IS 1101 Climate change and migration: knowledge, law and policy and theory

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  • Institute:

    This Action aimed to enhance and improve understanding of one of the most disputed and politically-charged consequences of climate change: migration. To do so, it brought together a diverse ensemble of established and early-stage social scientists to build upon and extend existing social science research into climate change and migration across three interrelated fields of investigation: knowledge; law and policy; and theory.

    The beneficiaries of the Action included states, in particular those of the European Union, as well as environmental, development and humanitarian NGOs, and IGOs, such as UNFCCC, IPCC, UNEP, UNDP, IOM and ILO. Moreover, by facilitating the development of world-leading social science perspectives on climate change and migration, the Action aimed to enhance development and build adaptive capacity amongst those most vulnerable climate change.

    Officially launched in October 2011, The Action came into effect on 1 January 2012. It is managed by a Management Committee (currently 20 European countries), which received regular input from a Core Group which was comprised of the Action Chair and Vice-chair, the working group co-leaders and the Short-term Scientific Mission Coordinator.

  • The Action funded a range of activities – such as workshops, short-term scientific missions, research conversations, training schools and conferences – oriented towards fulfilling the following Action objectives:

    • to enhance and improve understanding of climate change and migration;
    • to furnish state and non-state actors with state-of-the-art empirical, theoretical, legal and policy research on climate change and migration;
    • to inform national and international policy dialogue, such as the IPCC and other policy initiatives;
    • to expand research capacity in the area of climate change and migration; and
    • to establish a network of Europe-based social science researchers working on climate change and migration.

    Within the overall project framework, Dr. Koko Warner (UNU-EHS, Bonn), and Professor Lennart Olsson (Lund University, Sweden) were leading Working Group 1 activities. In October 2012, a workshop on empirical research methods was realized in Paris.

    In July 2013, UNU-EHS hosted a Training School on “Field research methods (qualitative and quantitative) in environmentally-induced migration” for PhD and Master Students; in September 2013, a workshop on “Managing Scale and Contextualised Knowledge in Inter/Transdisciplinary Research on Environmentally Induced Migration” will be hosted in Bonn.

  • Dr. Koko Warner
    Head of Section Environmental Migration,
    Social Vulnerability and Adaptation
    United Nations University
    Institute for Environment and Human Security