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Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

By: Jane McAdam (Editor)

276 pages, b/w illustrations

Hart Publishing Ltd

Paperback | Dec 2012 | #206768 | ISBN-13: 9781849463560
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Climate Change and Displacement brings together a variety of disciplinary perspectives on the phenomenon of climate-induced displacement. With chapters by leading scholars in their field, it collects in one place a rigorous, holistic analysis of the phenomenon, which can better inform academic understanding and policy development alike. The specialist expertise of the authors in Climate Change and Displacement means that each chapter identifies key issues that need to be considered in shaping domestic, regional and international responses, including the complex causes of movement, the conceptualisation of migration responses to climate change, the terminology that should be used to describe those who move, and attitudes to migration that may affect decisions to stay or leave.

"The chapters are concise, yet dense and engaging; the topics covered are wide-ranging and build upon one another to provide a fluid read; and finally, it provides a 'one-stop shop' for an overview of the important but still nascent subject of climate-induced displacement."
- David Adam Suzenski, New Global Studies

" [...] the splendid breadth of ethical, political, legal, economic and scientific perspectives offered is unusual for a law publication [...] Climate Change and Displacement generally succeeds because of the freshness and ambition of the contributors' approach, the clarity of their ideas, and their stimulation of informed thinking about this increasingly important subject [...] It is also exceptionally well edited and referenced, and reads easily. As with many books in the Hart Publishing stable, this one should appeal to a wide array of readers [...]"
- Benjamin J Richardson, Transnational Legal Theory

"Few edited collections draw together scholarly contributions from different disciplines and manage to achieve a consistently well-integrated thematic narrative. This is one reason why Climate Change and Displacement [...] is such an impressive volume."
- Michelle Carnegie, Geographical Research, 50(4)

"[...] the collection constitutes a concise reader of well-researched concerns and approaches that populate the broader literature. It also makes a novel contribution, in consecutive chapters by McMichael et al. and Loughry, by introducing health as an associated topic of concern to the central focus. The collection [...] has value in that it is one of the very few on the topic, and thus constitutes a useful 'one stop shop' for anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with the tendencies of the literature on this increasingly prominent [...] area."
- Calum T. Nicholson, Journal of Refugee Studies, Volume 25, No.4, December 2012


"McAdam succeeds in the long-overdue endeavour to bring together all disciplines relevant to climate-induced displacement that so far have only been analysed and published separately. While reading the compilation of essays, the reader understands the 'full picture' and develops true understanding of the overall topic when he reads about an issue raised in one essay within a specific discipline that he can relate to another issue raised within another discipline [...] This paves the way for the necessary next step highlighted by McAdam: to interrelate the different perspectives and conduct true interdisciplinary research.

In addition to the multidisciplinary view, another great benefit of this book is the fact that most authors identify and describe misconceptions, wrong assumptions, dramatization and linguistic imprecision (the 'doomsday prophecies') without assuming the polarized 'defensive posture' described by Castles. This is of fundamental importance, since wrong basic assumptions, conceptual mistakes, and linguistic imprecision, as well as 'over scholarly' analysis, will necessarily lead all research and policy reactions in the wrong direction. Furthermore, the authors are very honest about identifying the restrictions of their research due to a lack of base research and respective evidence. In highlighting the many issues that require further research and how this could be achieved, the book encourages and indirectly contributes to the future development of the understanding of the relationship between climate change and displacement.

The endeavour of compiling multidisciplinary perspectives bears a major challenge: the reader will not necessarily have background knowledge of all disciplines. Therefore, the different essays need to be addressed to an audience of laymen, who neither are familiar with the discipline as such nor have any background knowledge on the particular topic addressed. All authors succeed in this by providing the reader with a clear overview of the relevant aspects, which is remarkable given the complex relationship between climate change and displacement."

- Carolin Beverungen, Leiden Journal of International Law, Volume 25, 2012


"Jane McAdam's collection of essays with its multidisciplinary approach is a welcome addition to the existing corpus of literature in the area. The contributors are leading experts in the field and their opinions are significant for guiding well-informed policy.

Climate Change and Displacement should be read by anyone interested in this area. The book provides a good understanding of existing legal regimes and institutions and their limitations. It considers innovative solutions that could be turned into international responses."

- Ritumbra Manuvie, Climate Law, Volume 2, Number 4, 2011


"[...] the book's main strength is its contextualisation and historicisation of migration and environmental change in the pacific islands.

The diversity of perspectives and the disagreements between contributors help to ensure that the book does fulfil its aim of providing 'considered, well-informed research' that does not 'oversimplify the cases of movement' (p. 4).

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of this book it will be of relevance to a wide audience of students and scholars of politics, geography, development studies, anthropology, law, psychology and public health. It will also be compelling reading for policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and activists who are seeking to understand the impact of climate change on people."

- Nina Hall, Environmental Politics, April 2011


1. Introduction Jane McAdam
2. Climate Change-Induced Mobility and the Existing Migration Regime in Asia and the Pacific Graeme Hugo
3. Migration as Adaptation: Opportunities and Limits Jon Barnett and Michael Webber
4. Climate-Induced Community Relocation in the Pacific: The Meaning and Importance of Land John Campbell
5. Conceptualising Climate-Induced Displacement Walter Kalin
6. 'Disappearing States', Statelessness and the Boundaries of International Law Jane McAdam
7. Protecting People Displaced by Climate Change: Some Conceptual Challenges Roger Zetter
8. International Ethical Responsibilities to 'Climate Change Refugees' Peter Penz
9. Climate Migration and Climate Migrants: What Threat, Whose Security? Lorraine Elliott
10. Climate-Related Displacement: Health Risks and Responses Anthony J McMichael, Celia E McMichael, Helen L Berry and Kathryn Bowen
11. Climate Change, Human Movement and the Promotion of Mental Health: What have we Learnt from Earlier Global Stressors? Maryanne Loughry
12. Afterword: What Now? Climate-Induced Displacement after Copenhagen Stephen Castles

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Jane McAdam is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.

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