Conceptualizing Climate Change-Related Movement

Jane Mcadam

in Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199587087
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738494 | DOI:
Conceptualizing Climate Change-Related Movement

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There is now a considerable amount of literature about how the phenomenon of the climate change-related movement should be ‘conceptualized’ — that is, how it should be understood as an area of academic inquiry and a subject of legal and policy development. This chapter does not rehearse the debates on this issue, but rather synthesizes contemporary approaches and explain why the ‘lens’ through which the phenomenon is viewed can dramatically change the way it is perceived and regulated. Conceptualization is therefore key to presenting the ‘issue’ to be tackled, and devising appropriate policy responses to address it. The chapter draws on fieldwork undertaken in three countries which have become synonymous with the notion of climate change-related displacement in Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Bangladesh.

Keywords: climate change; legal development policy development; migration patterns; Kiribati; Tuvalu; Bangladesh

Chapter.  13430 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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