Call for papers: Climate Change, Migration and the Urban Environment: Policy, Governance, Theory

Call for Papers:

Climate Change, Migration and the Urban Environment:  Policy, Governance, Theory

Athens, 26 April 2013

A workshop co-sponsored by COST Action IS1101 Climate change and migration and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences –  The European Centre for Environmental Research &Training, Athens.

Climate change is routinely said to be one of the most significant global phenomena in the early twenty-first century. As such, it represents a new and emerging set of challenges for urban governance and urban planning, a point now widely discussed by both scholars and policymakers. The purpose of this workshop is to focus debates about climate change and urbanism squarely on questions to do with migration. To date, most research addressing the intersections of climate change, migration and urbanism derives primarily from non-academic contexts such as the third sector and international organizations. The aim of this workshop is, thus, to widen the breadth of participation in this emerging field to include scholars working in the areas of urbanism and climate change. In this way, the workshop aims to catalyze academic research at the interface of climate change and urbanism with a particular emphasis on migration and adaptation. This is an agenda-setting workshop.

Topics to be addressed in the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • Cities and climate change
  • urban transitions
  • urban resilience (including social resilience)
  • urban adaptation
  • urban disaster risk reduction
  • economics of urban hazards/risks
  • global governance and urban risk
  • post-disaster migration and the city
  • urbanization and human displacement
  • urbanisms, migration and human security

Confirmed participants

1.    Stephen Graham Ph.D., Professor of Cities and Society, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University

2.    Lori M. Hunter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Behavioral Science, Programs on Population, Environment and Society, Associate Director, CU Population Center, Editor-in-Chief, Population and Environment, University of Colorado at Boulder

3.    Ilan Kelman Ph.D., Senior Research fellow, CICERO the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo) Norway

4.    Mark Pelling Ph.D., Professor of Geography, King’s College London

5.    Alexandra Winkels Ph.D., Academic Director for International Development & Global Studies Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge & Affiliated Lecturer, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge

If you wish to participate in this workshop, please submit a paper abstract to Dr. Ioulia Moraitou ( no later than 12 March 2013. Papers will be selected on the basis of merit and their fit with the aims of the workshop.

A small amount of funding is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for this workshop.



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