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Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Research and Policy for Links between Climate Change and Migration

Upadhyaya, AK; (2015) Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Research and Policy for Links between Climate Change and Migration. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management , 7 (3) pp. 394-417. 10.1108/IJCCSM-05-2014-0058. Green open access

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Abstract

Much literature on links between climate change and migration tends to downplay ambiguities in the terms and the limited empirical evidence. This paper presents a critical review of some literature on climate change and migration through conceptualising and contextualising the linkages between the two topics. Conceptualizing refers to the knowledge gaps and the need to understand and detail (even if not agreeing on) conceptual issues such as terminology, definitions, linkages, drivers, thresholds, implications, data requirements, and methodologies. Contextualizing refers to understanding the climate change and migration debate within wider topical and geographical contexts. Results identify major qualitative and quantitative gaps. Qualitatively, limited material exists on why people react differently to similar environmental stressors and why certain outcomes may arise. Quantitatively, credible and verifiable measures are not always available for assessing the climate change impacts on migration. This paper recommends a stratified, multi-disciplinary approach to facilitate policies regarding climate change and migration connections.

Type: Article
Title: Conceptualizing and Contextualizing Research and Policy for Links between Climate Change and Migration
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/IJCCSM-05-2014-0058
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-05-2014-0058
Additional information: © Himani Upadhyay, Ilan Kelman, Lingaraj G.J., Arabinda Mishra, Cheney Shreve and Robert Stojanov. Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial & non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/3.0/legalcode
Keywords: Migration, Climate change, Adaptation, Displacement
UCL classification: UCL
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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1458023
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