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Datum: 28.08.2018

Final Conference of TransRe Project: "Adaption in Motion - Climate Change, Migration and Resilience"

Before the Uni Bonn Research Project “TransRe: Environment, Migration, Resilience” will be coming to an end in October 2018 after five years of extensive research, the project team will host a closing conference on Climate Change, Migration and Resilience from 5th – 7th September in Bonn.

The conference “Adaptation in Motion - Climate Change, Migration and Resilience” aims at creating a forum for scientific exchange on the nexus of environment, migration, and resilience, bringing together scholars from different disciplines and fields of research (risk and vulnerability studies, migration studies, climate change adaptation, etc.). It will include discussing the findings of the TransRe project ( and putting them into the context of current discourses of climate, migration, and adaptation/resilience.

Climate change is already influencing migration and population movements – and will do so in future. Two perspectives on the nexus of migration and climate change have emerged: On the one hand, much policy and research attention is directed to climate change as a cause for migration, and for potential conflicts and humanitarian crises that may result. On the other hand, the notion of “migration as adaptation” has opened up a more positive view, recognizing migrants’ agency and potential contribution to adaptation to environmental risks.
Migration, climate change, vulnerability, and resilience are linked in multi-causal and multi-directional ways. Acknowledging this complexity and the diversity of perspectives allows us to address important questions, for example how migration can contribute to the reduction of vulnerability in general, and to climate change adaptation in particular; or to the conditions and reasons why migration has adverse consequences, in social and ecological terms; or how climate change and development policy can possibly benefit from an integration of the topic of migration; or to broader issues of human rights, climate equity, and justice. Given the increasing uptake of such topics in science and policy discourses, it seems that the whole debate around “migration as adaptation” is in motion.



All students and staff of the Geographical Institute as well as everyone else interested in the conference subjects are cordially invited to participate in the conference. Please contact Svenja Enge [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] and Harald Sterly [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.] for registration. There is no conference fee.

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