Who are the climate migrants? Investigating the moderating role of social networks and livelihoods on climate-induced mobility in Bangladesh

Development Research Seminar


We are delighted to invite you to our next “Development Research Seminar,” which will be held on 27th September 2022, 11:00 – 12:00 at 1.13 VMA. Our guest speaker is Dr. Amanda Carrico, associate professor at Colorado University Boulder. If you would like to join this seminar, please register at this link: Development Research Seminar. Please come to this seminar and have coffee/tea/snacks.

Migration has long been used as a strategy for households to access economic opportunity and manage environmental risk. As climate change intensifies in the 21st Century, environmental stress is expected to play an even larger role in population mobility around the world. This observation has sparked questions about the extent to which climate change might shift the patterns and processes of migration itself, including who is most likely to migrate. I investigate this question using survey data and retrospective migration histories from households in the environmentally vulnerable region of southwestern Bangladesh. More specifically, I investigate how livelihood activities and social ties to other migrants moderate the effect of extreme weather on migration. I look at these relationships separately for internal and international trips, and consider implications for policy, practice, and future research.

Bio Dr. Amanda Carrico

Dr. Carrico is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Trained as an environmental psychologist, Dr. Carrico’s research examines behavioral responses to environmental stress – particularly migration, livelihood adaptations, and household-level actions to mitigate environmental risk. Her recent work has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the City of Boulder. For several years, Dr. Carrico has led the Bangladesh Environment and Migration Survey (BEMS) which collects sociodemographic data about migration, climate change adaptation, and economic conditions in Bangladesh. In addition to her research, Dr. Carrico is an associate deputy editor with the journal Climatic Change, an elected member of the APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs, and directs the CU Center for Sustainable Landscapes and Communities.

Would you like to present and discuss your research in the Development Research Seminar series? Then reach out to Alberto Alonso-Fradejas and Kei Otsuki with the title and a 200 words abstract of your presentation, and a 100 words bio of yours.

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