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Moving Stories: The Impact of Climate Change on Migration

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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Join us on 6 May at 1 pm (BST) to explore the impact of climate change on forced migration. We’ll explore what forces people to move, what happens to those left behind, and what we can all do to respond effectively to this pressing challenge.

Most internal displacement is a result of climate change. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), reports that in the six months to March this year, 10.3 million people were displaced due to events such as floods and storms caused by climate change. Rises in sea-level, coastal erosion, flooding and agricultural disruption lead to deforestation, desertification and water scarcity, leaving millions of people with no option but to move.  Ahead of this year’s COP26 Climate Change Summit, we’re asking: are governments, local authorities, and agencies prepared to help mitigate the consequences of climate change?

This event will be recorded. There will be time for discussion.

Attendance is free but registration is mandatory. Please register via this link.

About the speakers:

Fiona Broom is the deputy editor for features and podcasts at SciDev.Net. As a freelance journalist working across South Asia and the Middle East, Fiona reported on and researched climate migration and environmental conflicts. She holds a MSc in Environmental Management from SOAS.



Charlotte Nussey is a post-doctoral research fellow at CEID.  She works on the Transforming Universities for a Changing Climate study (, which explores the impact of locally-generated climate actions in Brazil, Fiji, Kenya and Mozambique.  Her research focuses on the relationship between education and intersecting inequalities, particularly around gender and lifelong learning. You can find her profile here. She tweets @NusseyC


Amy North is an Associate Professor in Education and International Development at the UCL Centre for Education and International Development (CEID). Her research is concerned with understanding inequalities in relation to education, particularly in low-income contexts. She has particular interests in literacy, adult education, women’s empowerment, and migration, with a focus on the ways in which ideas, policies or practices move and are interpreted across different contexts. She is currently working on a co-edited volume on Education, Migration and Development withIris View Profile ( Elaine Chase.  Find her profile here.


Elaine Chase is Associate Professor in Education, Health Promotion and International Development at UCL Institute of Education.  Her work explores the sociological dimensions of health, wellbeing and rights of individuals and communities, particularly those most likely to experience marginalisation and exclusion. Current and recent research focuses on the wellbeing outcomes of unaccompanied migrant young people becoming ‘adult’ in the UK: educational wellbeing in contexts of mass displacement in Lebanon; the impact of deportations migrant communities in Mexico, Guatemala and the USA; how COVID-19 is affecting access to legal care and support for unaccompanied children in the UK; and the impact of COVID-19 on care and remittance practices among migrant communities in the UK.   Elaine is a member of the LIDC- Migration Leadership Team, funded by ESRC/AHRC to develop a shared and participatory global strategy for migration research.

The event will be chaired by Laura Hammond, Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London.

Prof. Hammond has been conducting research on conflict, food security, migration and diasporas in and from the Horn of Africa since the early 1990s.  She currently is Team Leader of the EU Trust Fund’s Research and Evidence Facility on migration and conflict in the Horn of Africa and the London International Development Centre-Migration Leadership Team. Laura Hammond has done consultancy for a wide range of development and humanitarian organizations, including UNDP, USAID, Oxfam, Medécins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the World Food Programme.


Photo credits: B/W pic by Sebastien Goldberg. Feature pic by AudeAndre Saturnio, both at Unsplash

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