Scales and sensitivities in climate vulnerability, displacement, and health

Hunter, L.M., Koning, S., Fussell, E., King, B., Rishworth, A., Merdjanoff, A., Muttarak, R. ORCID:, Riosmena, F., et al. (2021). Scales and sensitivities in climate vulnerability, displacement, and health. Population and Environment 10.1007/s11111-021-00377-7.

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Climate change and attendant weather events are global phenomena with wide-ranging implications for migration and health. We argue that while these issues are inherently interrelated, little empirical or policy attention has been given to the three-way nexus between climate vulnerability, migration, and health. In this Review, we develop a conceptual model to guide research on this three-way nexus. In so doing, we apply our conceptual model to a range of case studies, including Bangladesh, Mexico, Myanmar, and the USA. They illustrate that climate vulnerability-migration-health interlinkages are context specific, varying by political, economic, demographic, social, and environmental factors unique to each population and place. Even so, the case studies also demonstrate that overarching themes amenable to policy can be identified. Global organizations and researchers from a multiplicity of disciplinary backgrounds have strong imperatives and unique but often overlooked capacity to innovate and experiment in addressing climate vulnerability-migration-health interlinkages. We call for research and policy focus on these issues and suggest targeted efforts to begin mitigating migration and health issues associated with global climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate; Displacement; Vulnerability; Migration; Bangladesh; Mexico; Myanmar; Hurricane Katrina
Research Programs: Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Migration and Sustainable Development (MIG)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2022 03:00

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