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Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Just an interest in the interactions between human societies and the environment.

Course Description

Massive population displacements are regularly forecasted as one of climate change's most dramatic consequences. The nexus between environmental change and migratory dynamics are however far more complex than the usual causal and direct Relationship portrayed by media and policy-makers. Objective of the course : building upon extensive fieldwork, this class aims to examine the reality of migratory flows associated with environmental disruptions – those induced by climate change, of course, but also those induced by other causes such as industrial accidents. A second part of the class addresses the policy responses that have been implemented so far, as well as those that are envisioned for the future.


  • GEMENNE, François A. (Senior research associate)
  • ZICKGRAF, Caroline (Chargée de recherches)

Pedagogical format

Interactive classes, including guest speakers.

Course validation

25% of the mark will be based on the students' active involvement in the seminars' discussions. 75% of the mark will be based on a case-study to hand in by April 27th, 2015. Each student will choose a different case-study. Students will have to describe the ongoing migration dynamics associated with environmental changes in that region. The case-studies should be prepared with a view to publication. See the guidelines of the State of Environmental Migration for further guidance.

Required reading

  • Foresight. 2011. Migration and Global Environmental Change. Final Project Report. London: The Government Office for Science
  • Gemenne, François. 2011. Why the numbers don't add up: A review of estimates and predictions of people displaced by environmental changes. Global Environmental Change 21 (S1): 41-49
  • Gemenne F., Ionesco D., Brücker P., Barthélemy P. 2012. The State of Environmental Migration 2011
  • Asian Development Bank. 2012. Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific. Manila: ADB

Additional required reading

Black, R. (1998) Refugees, Environment and Development. Harlow (UK): Addison Wesley Longman.Boano, C., R. Zetter, et T. Morris (2007) "Environmentally displaced people: Understanding the linkages between environmental change, livelihoods and forced migration". Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre. Brown, O. (2008) ‘Migration and Climate Change'. IOM Migration Research Series. Geneva: International Organisation for Migration