Land Systems Science Perspectives on Migration, Displacement, and Land

Authors: Claudia Radel*, Utah State University, Brad Jokisch, Ohio University, Birgit Schmook, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mariel St√łen, University of Oslo, Kathleen Hermans, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Lindsey Carte, Universidad de la Frontera, Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University, Stephen Aldrich, Indiana State University
Topics: Land Use, Migration
Keywords: migration, land change, gender, political ecology
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Coolidge, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Human migration to and from rural areas is so prominent and persistent globally that land system science must understand how the movement of people is integral to land system transitions both at the origin of migration and at its destination. Research on how environmental change affects migration and how migration affects land systems demonstrates that the relationship is complex and context-specific. Various types of migration present the challenge of managing land for multiple goals and the needs of diverse groups. A perspective that connects land change in multiple locations is needed. Concepts of telecoupling and translocality can further understanding of how globalized economic systems link changes across distant places and capture the economic and non-economic processes that accompany migration and shape land change in multiple, connected locations. Land systems research must anticipate that migration will continue to contribute to complex land systems with multiple users and goals.

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