World Population and Just Societies Program Director Raya Muttarak is invited to talk about relationship between global climate change and migration at the Seminar Series at the Centre for Demographic Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Will greater frequency and intensity of climate hazards push vulnerable populations out of their home in search for a better life? Will there be mass migration of climate migrants coming to Europe? With the global average temperatures continuing to rise, these are the questions commonly seen in the media and public debates.
Migration however is a complex process and is often determined by several factors at the individual, household and country levels. In this talk Dr. Muttarak will present current empirical evidence on the relationship between climate change and migration based on both systematic literature review and meta-analysis of quantitative studies as well as empirical analysis of micro-census data for 65 countries. She will also explore the role of climate change as a potential driver of migration by considering both the direct and indirect pathways through which climate change may influence migration decision. She will look at why people migrate or do not migrate, under what conditions and who the migrants are and discuss how future migration patterns may look like under future climate change.
Dr. Muttarak's research focuses mainly on the intersection of social inequality, differential vulnerability and environmental change. She has published widely in the field of population dynamics, environment and sustainable development including publications in high impact journals such as Science, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, The Lancet and Global Environmental Change.