The Gender Dynamics of Climate Migration in Indonesia

Authors: Maia Call*, The National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center, Lori Hunter, The University of Colorado at Boulder
Topics: Migration, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Gender
Keywords: migration, climate change, gender, Indonesia
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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Though much migration research has examined how households respond to climate anomalies, few demographic and statistical studies have explicitly considered the role of gender within these processes. In this research, we examine not only the extent of gendered variation in climate-induced migration flows but we also investigate why these gendered differences exist. To explore these patterns, we analyze large-sample, longitudinal survey data for Indonesia in combination with high-resolution gridded climate data. We estimate a set of multivariate regression models to examine how climate anomalies shape migration patterns, how gender mediates climate-induced migration, how these relationships interact with sociodemographic characteristics, and how these relationships may be shaped by gender norms. Preliminary analyses suggest that climate is a driver of migration and that gender is an important aspect of this association.

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