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Viewpoint paper. Islander mobilities: any change from climate change?

Kelman, I; Stojanov, R; Khan, S; Gila, OA; Duží, B; Vikhrov, D; (2015) Viewpoint paper. Islander mobilities: any change from climate change? International Journal of Global Warming , 8 (4) pp. 584-602. 10.1504/IJGW.2015.073056. Green open access

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Abstract

Climate change is stated as being likely to cause the forced movement of millions of people, especially from small island communities. Such statements are not always placed in wider and deeper understandings of mobility and non-mobility. Focusing on island communities, this paper assesses some of the implications inherent in mobility and non-mobility choices related to climate change in comparison to other factors and drivers. Culture and networks are examples of drivers demonstrating that it is not the norm for climate change to dominate mobility and non-mobility choices by islanders. Instead, choices often arise from social factors which, in turn, impact how climate change is and is not addressed. Without denying the major challenges which climate change has previously brought to some islanders and brings to many islanders today, climate change nonetheless brings little substantive change to discussions of islander mobilities.

Type: Article
Title: Viewpoint paper. Islander mobilities: any change from climate change?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1504/IJGW.2015.073056
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1504/IJGW.2015.073056
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access publication, which means that the article is freely available and openly accessible to all without any restriction except use for commercial purposes.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1459507
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