Are people really fleeing from climate change? How many people are affected? Should changes be made to the Refugee Convention? How are the global climate change negotiations reacting? This talk gives an introduction to human mobility in the context of climate change and answers some of the most commonly posed questions. It will also give insights into political and policy processes on human mobility and climate change, in particular the global climate change negotiations, which in the past 10 years have been a focal point for many policymakers.
Sarah Louise Nash is a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Forest, Environment and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg, as well as degrees in Human Rights and International Politics (University of Glasgow), German and Politics (University of Edinburgh) and Political Science (University of Vienna). Her work is concerned with the politics and policy of climate change, with a particular focus on the issue complex of climate change and migration. Born and raised in Scotland, Nash is a multiple migrant, having studied in Austria and Germany. She worked for a year in Istanbul, Turkey, as a MERCATOR-IPC fellow at Istanbul Policy Centre before returning to her chosen home of Vienna.