Connecting the spots

Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective

May 18th 2018

“We are trained like soldiers” The inhumane mechanisms of international labor migration and its impact on translocal connectedness.

The midday sun burns without intermission. There is no shade up here and the cement has to be processed q… by Simon Alexander Peth

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The aim of this blog is to bring new information, research, and concepts on topics such as the environment, migration, and resilience to a diverse public audience, including policymakers, practitioners, and students, in an open and accessible way.

Apr 18th 2018

What Drives Government Decisions to (Not) Support Resettlement?

Sea level rise, floods, and tropical cyclones are affecting the very land on which coastal and delta popu… by Colette Mortreux, Ricardo Safra de Campos & Neil Adger
Mar 27th 2018

The Conceptual Birth of Trapped Populations and the Danger of Using it as a Policy Tool

by Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Christopher D. Smith & Dominic Kniveton
Mar 7th 2018

A Guidebook for Integrating Migration and Translocality into Community-Based Adaptation

by Svenja Enge
Nov 23rd 2017

“Leaving No One Behind”. How Research Can Help Ensure That Vulnerable Populations Are Made Visible

Climatic change and environmental upheaval are like the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. However… by Marion Borderon
Nov 16th 2017

Making Migration Work for Adaptation

Under which conditions can migration contribute to climate change adaptation? by Kayly Ober & Svenja Enge
Oct 26th 2017

Dynamic Livelihood Trajectories in Translocal Spaces

A Journey Through Four Rooms of Livelihood Studies by Benjamin Etzold
Sep 13th 2017

Ecosystem Services as Conceptual Bridge between Environmental Degradation and Migration

Why framing migration in social-ecological system contexts might be a valuable line of thinking by Svenja Enge
Sep 6th 2017

The Coming Resilience Renaissance: Towards the tele-connected and social, but what about migration?

A better understanding of global tele-connectivity and social aspects were highlighted as key factors for… by Till Rockenbauch
May 23rd 2017

Thinking Migration Policy Differently at the 2017 Bonn Intersessional

In November 2015 we celebrated the Paris Agreement as the first step against climate change through the c… by Svenja Enge
Apr 19th 2017

Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future: Does Education Contribute to Raising Disaster Resilience?

Floods, droughts, and tropical storms have significantly increased, both in frequency and intensity in re… by Roman Hoffmann
Apr 12th 2017

Seasonal Hunger, Deprivation are under the Radar

Programs that subsidize seasonal migration in developing countries are helping to reduce hunger in the le… by Evidence Action
Mar 21st 2017

The Devil’s in the Detail: Policymaking on Climate Change and Human Mobilities Post-Paris

The vast chambers of international climate change negotiations make for good photo-ops; global leaders be… by Sarah Louise Nash
Mar 14th 2017

Female-Headed Households Hit Harder by Climate Change

Taking action on climate change is one top priority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especial… by Raya Muttarak
Mar 8th 2017

Towards a Translocal Network Perspective?

Social networks are an important source of resilience for rural communities. This is a popular claim acro… by Till Rockenbauch
Feb 28th 2017

Climate and Security in Urban Spaces—And the Role Migration Plays

Cities are already facing the brunt of a range of interacting risks from criminal violence, terrorism and… by Janani Vivekanada
Feb 6th 2017

Environmental Migration from ‘No Man’s Land’- Displaced People in the Indian Sundarban Islands

Ghoramara is a small island in the far south west corner of the Indian Sundarban Delta (ISD). People from… by DECCMA India
Jan 11th 2017

Of Timeliness, Interdisciplinarity, and Policy Relevance – Some Notes on The Hugo Conference on Environment, Migration, Politics

The Hugo Conference (#Hugo2016) was held on 3-5 November, 2016 in honor of the late professor Graeme Hugo… by Kayly Ober & Gunnar Stange
Dec 14th 2016

“I will never return.” The drudgery of Thai farm workers in Israel

When Thong arrived at the Tel Aviv airport he had no idea what he would experience during his time as a f… by Simon Alexander Peth
Dec 5th 2016

Towards Mapping Research and Recognizing Gaps on Forced Displacement and Refugees in Germany

One in every 113 people worldwide is affected by forced displacement; reaching a record high of 65 millio… by Hannah Schimpl
Nov 21st 2016

Loss and Damage: A Case Study from Nepal

Nirjala Adhikari vividly remembers the moment a landslide hit her village in Sindhupalchok District, Nepal. “It was a very scary moment, and I couldn’… by Kees van der Geest
Nov 10th 2016

Methodological Challenges in Environmental Migration Research: Take-home Messages from TransRe Midterm Conference

Trapped populations, migration as adaptation, and due diligence in research: As a participant in the Tran… by Melanie Deter
Sep 28th 2016

Migration, environment, and social change: how do we incorporate migrant ‘voices’?

When I first started my PhD on environmental migration in 2010, I was struck by a peculiar juxtaposition:… by Hedda Ransan-Cooper
Sep 20th 2016

Typology of Environmentally-Induced Population Movement

Despite the topic of climate-induced migration being recently popularized in the media and academic venue… by Robert Stojanov & Ilan Kelman
Aug 16th 2016

Notes from the field: “Migrants at risk”: Dealing with extreme weather events while living in the city

Bangkok, a huge metropolis with ever-expanding peripheries, is the most desired destination for many Thai… by Anja Gänsbauer & Sumiya Bilegsaikhan
Aug 11th 2016

Justice and Contemporary Climate Relocation: An Addendum to Words of Caution on “Climate Refugees”

The idea that climate change is causing migration and displacement is entering the mainstream, but expert… by Maxine Burkett
Jun 29th 2016

Disaster Displacement and Climate Change: Two New Bodies under Construction

The Nansen Initiative, which ended in 2015, developed a comprehensive "Protection Agenda” over the course… by Vera Künzel & Alexander Reif
May 23rd 2016

Climate and Migration to Feature at World Humanitarian Summit

Leaders or delegates from 175 countries around the world are attending the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS… by Kayly Ober
May 4th 2016

Short- and Long-Term Environmental Changes and Migration in Vietnam

The question concerning the impact of climatic changes on migration flows has attracted growing attention… by Vally Koubi
Apr 13th 2016

Evidence-Based Adaptation: Stories from the Field on Strengthening Community Resilience in the Mekong Delta

The Mekong Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) project, focuses on identifying the environ… by Harald Sterly
Apr 6th 2016

Everyone talks about community resilience, but what do they mean?

Across policy domains, calls are echoing for ‘building community resilience’ or ‘making communities mor… by Hartmut Fünfgeld, Martin Mulligan, Wendy Steele, and Lauren Rickards
Mar 10th 2016

On Inequality and Environmental Migration

There’s an old saying in natural hazards research that the most vulnerable people live in the most hazard… by Robert McLeman
Mar 1st 2016

Understanding Internal Migration Patterns in the Indian Bengal Delta

It is particularly difficult to monitor internal migration patterns. As a result studies often end up fo… by DECCMA India
Feb 24th 2016

Rural Livelihoods in Thailand: Trapped or Untapped?

Thailand, with its high dependency on small scale agriculture and its economy still struggling with the c… by Till Rockenbauch
Feb 11th 2016

The Third Wave of Research on Migration and Environment at the 2015 German Congress for Geography

What is going on in research on migration and environment? The German Congress for Geography gave insight… by Patrick Sakdapolrak
Feb 3rd 2016

Do social networks help facilitate climate-related migration?

In developing countries, rural households often employ migration as a livelihood strategy to diversify th… by Raphael Nawrotzki
Jan 27th 2016

Place, Translocality, and the Ontology Behind Resilience

Resilience and place have a complex relationship. People’s relationships with place (the geographic local… by Christopher Lyon
Dec 16th 2015

How is climate change affecting rural-urban migration in Mongolia?

Seasonal migration has always been and still is a normal part of life for nomad pastoralists in Mongolia,… by Sumiya Bilegsaikhan
Dec 8th 2015

Half the Problem, Half the Solution. Why women’s perspectives need to be considered in climate migration research

This year, COP21 in Paris has placed a particular focus on gender, with 8 December 2015 marking Gender Da… by DECCMA India
Dec 4th 2015

Designing a Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility – Key Issues for COP21

Since the first draft negotiating text was released last spring, the inclusion of a “climate change displ… by Jessica Wentz and Michael Burger
Nov 30th 2015

COP21 Paris Climate & Migration Primer

Today marks the start of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris, where delegates have one last chance to nail down an aggressive agreement … by Kayly Ober
Nov 18th 2015

What Can and Should We Expect from COP21 on Climate Migration?

Will a climate displacement facility be established within the remit of the United Nations Framework Conv… by Giovanni Bettini
Nov 9th 2015

Migration and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Sendai Framework

In March 2015, in Sendai, Japan, 187 States approved the new global framework on Disaster Risk Reduction … by Lorenzo Guadagno
Nov 3rd 2015

Combining methods in environment-migration research – gains and trade-offs

At the end of September, the TransRe team participated in a workshop on combining different methodologica… by Luise Porst
Oct 27th 2015

Resettlement as Adaptation?

While the specter of climate refugees fleeing small-island states has captured the media’s attention, there are many other kinds of migration that are… by Sarah Rogers
Oct 20th 2015

Resilience Against COP21 Disappointment?

In November, the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will take place in Paris. Throughout 2015, informal c… by Praxis Labs
Oct 8th 2015

Bangladesh: Prime Example of Climate Migration?

Bangladesh has often been coined the most vulnerable country to climate change. Additionally, the history… by Simon Alexander Peth
Sep 16th 2015

Remittances, Vulnerability, and Disasters in Small Island Developing States

For many households of low-income countries, remittances are important on a day-to-day basis. This resour… by Loic Le Dé
Aug 5th 2015

Let’s Get Graphic: Three Maps that Show the Tensions of Climate & Migration Research

The CliMig project, housed at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, aims to be the first comprehensiv… by Kayly Ober
Jul 28th 2015

Notes from the Field – Reality Check: Multi-sited Ethnography

“Rice is life and maize is money” is a popular saying in Thailand. That’s not all that shapes rural livel… by Luise Porst
Jul 14th 2015

Pacific Islanders Prepare Regional Migration Responses in Face of Climate Change

On 14 July, 2015, Kiribati had one more reason for celebration aside from its 37th anniversary of indepen… by Kayly Ober
Jul 13th 2015

UNU Talks Politics, Costs of Climate Change and Migration in Bonn

In the run up to the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris, and 6 months after COP 20 in Lima, Peru, th… by Anja Lamche
Jul 8th 2015

“I call several times per day.” How new communication tools shape the connectedness of people on the move.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, Singapore was one of the major destinations for Thai migrant workers. Y… by Simon Alexander Peth
May 16th 2015

Beyond the ivory tower: What to consider when working on the science practice divide

When it comes to climate change adaptation, overcoming the science-practice divide is a high priority. An… by Till Rockenbauch
May 11th 2015

From Science to Action, through Co-Production of Knowledge

In April 2015, TransRe started a new phase of trying to make research relevant for practice. According to… by Simon Alexander Peth
Apr 25th 2015

What is Social Resilience?

A single fragile flower grows out of dried and cracked earth. A google picture search for the term “resilience” show multiple variations of this image… by Patrick Sakdapolrak
Apr 22nd 2015

How to Channel Migrant Remittances to Deliver Growth

Over the past decade, many developing countries have made substantial progress toward reducing poverty, a… by Mayumi Ozaki
Apr 1st 2015

Where Have All the Climate Migrants Gone?

In 2010, an article on small island developing states and the risk of resettlements that they were facing… by Benoit Mayer
Mar 25th 2015

Resilience to Climate Change - Are We Talking about the Same Thing?

Resilience is the new sustainability – or so you could easily come to think when you read through the ple… by Hartmut Fünfgeld, Martin Mulligan, Wendy Steele, and Lauren Rickards
Mar 2nd 2015

Does Translocality Change Perceptions of “Home” and “Abroad”?

A personal encounter with observations of cultural performance in different spatial contexts brought abou… by Anja Lamche
Feb 23rd 2015

Environmental Change, Migration, and Adaptation in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, migration patterns are affected by climatic changes such as natural hazards, sea-level ris… by Benjamin Etzold
Feb 4th 2015

Are we all translocal now?

Is translocality a new phenomenon, a new reality of the 21st century or is it just another fancy concept that we try to force onto everything we see a… by Simon Alexander Peth
Jan 27th 2015

Communications Crucial in Fight for Climate Justice

Recently, the IDMC estimated that 22 million people had been displaced due to natural disasters in 2013. … by Alexandra Korn
Jan 19th 2015

Understandings of scale from a translocal viewpoint

Scale – seems like a simple enough term, but it has myriad meanings for a wide range of disciplines in ac… by Luise Porst
Jan 12th 2015

UNU, IOM, and UNHCR: Human mobility should be seen as chance and choice

The United Nations University (UNU) held a press briefing at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 20 in Li… by Anja Lamche
Jan 7th 2015

World Bank’s Turn Down the Heat Report Turns Up the Rhetoric on Migration

In late November 2014, the World Bank released the third report of their flagship climate change series, … by Kayly Ober
Dec 16th 2014

Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies

On 27-28 November 2014, Crossroads Asia hosted the conference "Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobiliti… by Luise Porst
Dec 9th 2014

Should Refugee and Migration NGOs Work on Climate Change Issues?

Should refugee and migration NGOs be involved in responding to climate change? How can these groups be in… by Alex Randall
Dec 8th 2014

Migrants Turn Cities at the Crossroads into "Transient Urban Spaces"

Understanding the relations between migration, translocality, and urban transformations by Benjamin Etzold
Nov 27th 2014

Notes from the Field: Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Research Makes for Some Learning Experiences

This summer, the TransRe team travelled to Thailand for site selection purposes. Our aim was to find suit… by Luise Porst
Nov 14th 2014

Lost in relations? Some general thoughts about the social network metaphor

Social networks have become one of the “buzz words” of the last decade. In the age of economic and social… by Till Rockenbauch
Nov 9th 2014

What is translocality? A refined understanding of place and space in a globalized world

In the face of globalization, it is inevitable to rethink the notion of locality. In its simplest form, l… by Simon Alexander Peth
Oct 30th 2014

Multilocality in the Global South and North

On 18-19 September 2014, the Technical University of Dortmund held a conference on “Multilocality in the … by Kayly Ober
Oct 30th 2014

TransRe Turns One

TransRe turned one this October. The journey in this first year has been filled with many successes: by Patrick Sakdapolrak
Oct 29th 2014

A Kenyan marriage and a European perception

We talk about migration all the time. The word appears everywhere in different contexts: Migration as a c… by Vera Tolo