Risk, Resilience and Climate Change

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:30pm

Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall

Environmental conditions such as flooding or hurricanes can result in temporary or permanent migration or displacement. Such events and movement patterns are anticipated to increase under a changing climate. This can result in economic, societal, and cultural losses, as well as detriments to health. Some people are more likely to suffer than others. We are seeking submissions that explore one or more of the following key issues: what personal, family, or community factors are associated with being more likely to experience migration/displacement due to a changing climate; what are the health and socio-cultural impacts of migration/displacement from environmental conditions; what steps might be taken to help make communities more resilient, and in ways that would enable them to more fully participate in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction? To address the dynamic and development of change in complex socio-ecological systems these papers consider issues of resilience, adaptability and transformability across multiple scales. An overarching concern in addressing risk, disaster, humanitarian aid, and rebuilding post-disaster whether is it possible to foster resilience at small, manageable scales when confronted with larger governance structures and entrenched patterns of resource accumulation that are less resilient.

Cynthia Caron

Associate Professor of International Development, Community and Environment, Clark University