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Call for Papers - Research Topic (special issue) on Climate Change and Forced Migration

Submission deadline: 30 July 2023

The relationship between climate change and migration has been researched for over three decades, and yet remains fragmented and fraught with the attribution question: are migrants forcibly displaced because of climate change or other factors?

It is by now clear that multicausal environmental conditions, such as floods or loss of land produce severe or extreme distress are driving forced evacuation or other catastrophic need for movement away from danger. We also understand some of the associations with long-term and temporary migration as well as domestic versus cross-border moves (Kaczan and Orgill-Meyer 2020). Other conditions, such as prolonged exposure to sporadic hazards, are manifested in heightened insecurity and are stochastic with fuzzy patterns of out-migration (Pedersen 1995; Piguet, Pécoud, and de Guchteneire 2011; Wiederkehr, Beckmann, and Hermans 2018).

In the mitigation space, secondary and tertiary level carbon emissions (Scope 2&3 emissions) are clearly understood as being ancillary effects of the consumption cycle, such as transportation or packaging. It is therefore relatively easy to generate policies at an organisational or product level to examine a supply chain in its entirety. In migration studies, however, a similar extension has not been made of secondary or tertiary effects of climate change as well as other conditions, including social and economic capital, on a household’s decision to pack up and move.

Part of the difficulty is that the links between climate change and migration are at least two or three steps away and multicausal. If a farmer moves from a rural community to the nearby urban settlement, it might be because his crops failed and the non-farm enterprise that his son managed collapsed due to macroeconomic conditions, which themselves have a strong connection to energy geopolitics. Similarly, a widow might lose her farm and her job at the local school and use her meagre inheritance to pay a broker for international passage.

Each of these conditions might be linked partly or wholly to climate change combined with lack of institutional support and other factors. Conventional attribution studies will not link these events satisfactorily in complex social systems, even by modelling their combined effects on families to climate change, because their imputed relationships are too simplistic and do not account for emergent effects while aggregating assumed orthogonal factors.

Nevertheless, in a growing number of empirical cases, there are clear proximate and distant connections between climate change and migration. Establishing these with scientific verity is important because the outcomes of rising migration are especially alarming, a rise in overall impoverishment, lack of meaningful life activities, worsening crime and violence, and so on (Longhi 2012; Jørgensen 2016). This means that there is a wide field for exploration in the social dimension of adaptation strategies to climate change that include migration.

This special issue of Frontiers in Climate aims to compile a diverse selection of papers, including empirical and theoretical contributions to addressing contemporary questions around climate change and forced migration.

Set against this background, we welcome papers that:

•    Propose viable legal and regional political arrangements for asylum seekers
•    Analyse global political conditions that may act as barriers or opportunities for addressing asylum seekers in the future
•    Identify sources of vulnerability in climate-change induced displacement hotspots
•    Report examples and case studies of human migration as expressions of climate change adaptation
•    Report on field studies that add insights to drivers and conditions for migration (and trapped populations) and the mitigating roles of social networks and support provided by NGOs and other charitable action during and following disasters
•    Provide empirical and conceptual contributions exploring the linkages between climate change and migration in areas of causation, attribution, human rights, and/or justice
•    Propose other ethical arguments for addressing the needs of asylum seekers

For more information, see

Abstract Submission Deadline 30 July 2023
Manuscript Submission Deadline 30 November 2023


Call for Abstracts - Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) Workshop

Submission deadline: 30 June 2023

The organizers are excited to announce the call for abstracts for the sixth ICARUS workshop, 29 September – 1 October 2023. The workshop brings together scholars, researchers, students, decision-makers, and activists working on adaptation to climate variability and change.

This year's workshop themes are: Transformation; Justice; Responses and Solutions.  Read more about the workshop, themes, and how to submit your abstract at  

Location: University of Michigan, United States of America

Human Planet Forum 2023

Closing date: 30 June 2023

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the 2023 Human Planet Forum, which will take place from 11-12 July in New York, NY. The focus for this year’s Forum will center around “Post-Pandemic Priorities for the Human Planet: Strengthening Community Connections.” It will be hosted by the European Commission, the Group on Earth Observations, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), and the Columbia Climate School’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN).

-    Day 1 (July 11) of the event will take place at The Forum, Columbia University (125th & Broadway, Foyer).

-    Day 2 (July 12) of the event will take place at the Diplomat Room, Millennium Hotel (One UN Plaza)

Hotel rooms are available through the Columbia Visitors & Personal Travel site, where you can find CU preferred vendors and get CU Rates. Guests are required to create a one-time account to access the online booking tool and then to enter their own credit cards. Guests are responsible for booking or canceling their individual stays.

For more information and to register visit:

Registration for this event closes 30 June 2023.

Location: United States of America

Call for Submissions: At What Point Managed Retreat?: Habitability and Mobility in an Era of Climate Change

Conference date(s): 20 June 2023 - 23 June 2023

Building on the success of the 2019 and 2021 conferences on Managed Retreat, the Columbia Climate School is pleased to announce that the next conference, At What Point Managed Retreat?: Habitability and Mobility in an Era of Climate Change, will be held from 20-23 June 2023 at Columbia University. The organizers are inviting session proposals for traditional academic paper sessions, roundtable panels, and workshops, as well as paper and poster presentation abstracts.

The deadline for the call for sessions is 2 December 2022, and the deadline for the call for paper is 20 January 2023.

For a full list of conference themes and submission instructions and forms, visit

Location: Columbia University, United States of America

HABITABLE - Policy Dialogue

Closing date: 16 June 2023

Organizers of this event are pleased to invite you to participate in the Policy Dialogue, held on the 26th and 27th of June 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland, and organized in the context of the HABITABLE EU project. This project aims to significantly advance the understanding of the links between climate change effects and human mobility, to better anticipate their future evolution and adequately address climate migration challenges.

The main objectives are to:
•    present the initial results of the research undertaken in the framework of this project, including the first policy recommendations;
•    discuss, inform and challenge, with the audience, our proposed measures, with the aim of ensuring coherence, efficiency and policy integration across the different sectors, most notably climate adaptation, migration, disaster prevention, and protection of human rights.

The event is meant to attract primarily practitioners and experts on human rights-related issues, namely representatives of NGOs, international organisations, and universities, as well as members of the Human Rights Council.

The event will be divided into two sessions. The Policy Dialogue, taking place on June 27th, will be preceded by a technical session, organized on June 26th, where the HABITABLE consortium will be present to share preliminary results from the different project Work Packages and engage in deeper exchange.

Technical session: June 26th, afternoon (4 hours), International Environment House

Policy Dialogue: June 27th, policy dialogue, lunchtime (90 minutes), Palais des Nations (TBC)

For more information about the event, these different sessions, and the HABITABLE project, see

Attendees are encouraged to confirm their participation by registering via the registration link before Friday 16th of June 2023. A detailed agenda, as well as the practical access details, will be communicated a few weeks in advance to those who have confirmed their attendance. The event will be conducted in English.

Location: Switzerland

Launch event: FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research

Event date(s): 12 June 2023

Monday 12 June, 12:00-13:30 UTC (5:00 Los Angeles / 8:00 New York / 9:00 Rio de Janeiro / 14:00 Paris / 14:00 Cape Town / 17:30 New Delhi / 20:00 Shanghai / 22:00 Canberra)

This event will launch the report ‘FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research’ produced by the joint IUSSP-CODATA Working Group on FAIR Vocabularies. The speakers will present the report and its implications and discuss the next steps for implementing its recommendations.

IUSSP and CODATA co-sponsored a working group to study how population research can benefit from the rapidly developing standards and technologies associated with the FAIR principles that all data should be “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable” by both humans and machines (Wilkinson et al., 2016).

Demography is an empirically focused field with a long tradition of widely shared, easily accessible, data collections.  FAIR vocabularies, which allow machines to associate data with concepts, can save researchers hours of tedious work by automating processes of data discovery and harmonization.  The report introduces readers to international standards for documenting data (metadata) that underlie international infrastructures for producing and disseminating demographic data, and it recommends enhancing these services through application of the FAIR principles.  The report builds on the “Ten Simple Rules for making a vocabulary FAIR”  (Cox et al., 2021), prepared by a group formed at a workshop convened by CODATA and DDI to describe how a FAIR vocabulary will work with international standards for documenting and sharing social science data.

The working group calls for IUSSP to create a FAIR Vocabulary of Demography.  Online vocabularies including demographic terms already exist, and most of them define key terms in ways incompatible with demography.  Population research will be at a disadvantage without an authoritative FAIR vocabulary of its own.  Fortunately, a new FAIR Vocabulary of Demography can build upon IUSSP’s long history of support for dictionaries of demography in multiple languages.

•    George Alter, University of Michigan
•    Abdulla Gozalov, United Nations Statistics Division
•    Steven McEachern, Australian Data Archive, Autralian National University



Call for Papers for Special Issue "Urban Climate and Health"

Submission deadline: 28 February 2023

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

This Special Issue aims to explore the complex relationships between urban climates and various aspects of human health in cities. Urban climates involve multiple spatial scales such as the building scale, micro scale, and neighborhood scale to larger scales such as the city scale or regional scale. Moreover, the health impact of urban climate ranges from the short term, i.e., days, to the long-term, i.e., decades. This Special Issue represents an effort to better understand the exposure, risks, and different health effects in urban environments considering climate change. We welcome interdisciplinary research that offers new insights into the relationship between urban climates and health issues.

Papers may be submitted from now until 28 February 2023 as papers will be published on an ongoing basis. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office in advance (

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    Health risks of air pollution;
    Co-exposure to urban pollution and urban heat island;
    Heat-related mortality and morbidity;
    Urban environment and thermal comfort;
    Urban precipitation, flooding, and health risks;
    Communicable diseases in urban environments;
    Occupational heat exposure, productivity, and concentration;
    Climatic change and mental health in cities;
    Vulnerability, impact, and adaptation assessments;
    Health impact assessments of intervention strategies;
    Early warning systems regarding heat health and air pollution

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2023