Hazard Risk Resilience Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2 - Page 50

Climate change and migration: a European social science network Andrew Baldwin introduces an exciting multidisciplinary research initiative at Durham University to address issues of climate change and human migration The effects that climate change may have on human mobility are hard to predict and may pose a formidable challenge to societies around the world. The impacts of climate change are not certain and human mobility is not attributable to climate change alone, so the human mobility effects of climate change are not easily understood using the normal procedures of scientific research. Some interpretations of the science of climate change suggest that climate change-induced human migration is inevitable, as rising sea levels and unpredictable climatic variability will dramatically alter the habitability of many parts of the world. When these environmental effects take hold, people will move. However, the science of climate change involves uncertainty and the resulting challenge is familiar to many in the climate change policy community: How should we act in the face of uncertain science? Moreover, for a growing number of scholars around the world, the challenges posed by the human mobility effects of climate change are not solely a problem of uncertainty in environmental science. Such challenges also demand a rigorous social science if they are to be properly diagnosed and managed. phenomenon from a unique perspective, each posing unique sets of questions, and each organised around unique methods and literatures. This is why a group of European social scientists recently banded together to form an exciting new pan-European research network on climate change and migration based at Durham University: COST Action IS1101 Climate change and migration: knowledge, law and policy, and theory. The network recognises that while individual research can make a difference, a more concerted effort is required to address fully the complex social, political, cultural and economic challenges posed by the phenomenon of climate changeinduced human mobility. •  Working Group II (Law and Policy) aims to develop our basic understanding of the issue. The Action provides the