Seminar on Environmental Change and Migration - CANCELLED

June 9, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, East-West Center, Research Program, Burns Hall, Room 3012


Why the Numbers Don’t Add Up - Reconciling Qualitative and Quantitative Studies on Environmental Changes and Migration

Dr. François Gemenne

Fulbright Scholar, Princeton University
FNRS Senior Research Associate, University of Liège /Sciences Po

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 10:30am - 12:00 noon
John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor)

Estimates and predictions of people displaced by environmental changes have been highly instrumental in the ever-increasing attention given to environmental migration in the media. Yet no consensual estimate exists, let alone a common agreed methodology. As a result, predictions and estimates have become one of the most contentious issues in the debates on environmental migration. This is partly the result of methods that don’t talk to each other and fail to incorporate each other’s insights. This talk will seek to assess what we know on the environment-migration, we don’t know yet, and suggest a few avenues that could take the debate forward.

François Gemenne a Fulbright Scholar at Princeton University and FNRS Senior Research Associate, University of Liège /Sciences Po. A specialist of environmental geopolitics, he is also a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège (CEDEM) and at the University of Versailles (CEARC). He also lectures on environmental and migration policies in various universities, including Sciences Po (Paris and Grenoble), the University of Paris 13 and the Free University of Brussels. His research mostly deals with populations displaced by environmental changes, including natural disasters, and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster.

He holds a joint doctorate in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liege (Belgium). He also holds a Master’s in Development, Environment and Societies from the University of Louvain, as well as a Master of Research in Political Science from the London School of Economics. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.

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