P30
Understanding everyday perceptions: a new wave of climate change and migration research.

Convenors:
Alex Arnall (University of Reading)
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - Studio
Start time:
29 May, 2016 at 15:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Climate change and migration research is increasingly drawing on people's everyday perceptions and experiences. How can this work be developed to provide more effective responses to climate-related challenges which place the interests of vulnerable people at the centre of concern?

Long abstract:

As well as many social and economic factors, it has long been recognised by the research, policy and development communities that the environment, and climate change in particular, can alter patterns of human movement. In recent years, concerns have been expressed that climate change will result in large increases in the number of 'climate refugees' worldwide as populations abandon areas that are increasingly untenable to live in due to climate change-related shocks and stresses. Other commentators, however, have argued that such 'crisis' narratives tend to overlook and underplay long histories of ordinary mobility amongst affected populations. This panel aims to contribute to these debates by exploring people's everyday perceptions and experiences of climate challenges and mobility practices in rural and urban settings in developing countries, and how these understandings contribute to the emergence or otherwise of resilience amongst individuals and groups. In doing so, it will provide new meanings of, and insights into, existing climate change and migration-related problems, and assist in the development of more effective responses that place the interests, goals and aspirations of vulnerable people at the centre of concern.