Part II: Environmental migration: current realities, future prospects

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Population Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cabinet Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Maia Call, Robert McLeman
Chairs: Maia Call

Call for Submissions

Interested applicants should send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Maia Call at and Robert McLeman at by Monday, October 22nd. Accepted applicants will be notified by Wednesday, October 25th.


Scholarship on environmental migration has moved well beyond simple case studies and normative debates over terminology. Today, it features substantive theory and empirical approaches that draw upon a range of natural and social science disciplines. Geographers have been important leaders in environmental migration research over the last two decades, and continue to make cutting-edge contributions to the field. As countries and communities struggle to cope with climate change, migration will become an increasingly important feature of the adaptation landscape. This session will feature emerging and established scholars presenting their latest empirical and theoretical research on the topic, and seeks to generate active discussion of key emergent issues in the field. We welcome papers that examine: environmental impacts on migration; environmental implications of migration; role of vulnerability and adaptive capacity (e.g. gender, socioeconomic status) in shaping environmental migration; trapped populations of potential environmental migrants; and related topics.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jack DeWaard, University of Minnesota, Mason Clay Matthews, University of Colorado, Daniel H. Simon, University of Colorado, Fernando Riosmena*, University of Colorado at Boulder, Operationalizing Trapped Populations 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Rachel Correll*, , Nina Lam, Louisiana State University, Lei Zou, Texas A&M University, Volodymyr Mihunov, Louisiana State University, Heng Cai, Louisiana State University, Economics and Flood Risk: Modeling Population Migration 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Alex De Sherbinin*, CIESIN, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Bryan Jones, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank, The Groundswell Modeling Work: Lessons Learned and Work in Progress 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Robert McLeman*, Wilfrid Laurier University, George Heath, Wilfrid Laurier University, Drought, socio-economic change and rural population trends on the North American Great Plains 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Helen Adams 20 11:15 AM

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