07/11/23 – Expert Seminar on Planned Relocation and Health (CliMigHealth)

CliMigHealth Expert Seminar
Planned Relocation and Health
David Durand-Delacre & Ann-Christine Link (EMIC, UNU-EHS)
NOVEMBER 7, 2023, 12:00-13:00 CET

Planned relocations are complex, fraught processes which can be defined as “a planned process in which groups of persons move or are assisted to move away from their homes or places of temporary residence, are settled in a new location, and provided with the conditions for rebuilding their lives.” The presentation will provide an overview of current discussions on planned relocations – emerging in large part from the 2023 Climate Academy which brought together 25 academics and policy experts to discuss and identify key gaps in current knowledge and potential policy pathways at different scales of governance. The presentation will also specifically explore connections between health and planned relocations / human (im)mobilities more broadly.

Dr. David Durand-Delacre is a human geographer and critical migration scholar interested in the political, cultural, and epistemological controversies arising from growing concern about climate change’s impact on human mobilities. His PhD research focused on how knowledge about climate-related mobilities is produced, debated, and communicated across academia, government, civil society, and the news media in France. This helped him identify both conceptual and political obstacles to action on climate mobilities. As a researcher in the Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices (EMIC) section of the UNU-EHS, David is working to on climate migration science-policy, and has recently developed projects on planned relocation, particularly the politics of relocation decision-making.

Ann-Christine Link is part of the EMIC team and has a research focus on climate-related human (im)mobility and how it can be most effectively integrated into climate policies such as NAPs (National Adaptation Plans) and NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions). In a joint project with FAO, Ann-Christine and colleagues developed a global guide and toolkit on integrating human mobility from a rural livelihoods’ perspective into NAPs and NDCs. This research project broadened her so-far-quantitively-focused skill sets by learning and applying qualitative methods such as conducting in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The global guide and toolkit deliver guidance on how to strengthen cooperation, coordination and coherence amongst relevant stakeholders and provides a set of ten tools to help policy and decision makers to achieve the previously communicated goal.

Practical details
November 7, 2023, 12:00 -13:00 CET
Click here to join the virtual seminar (which will be video recorded)
General questions: charlotte.scheerens@ugent.be

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