Scales and sensitivities in climate vulnerability, displacement, and health

Lori M. Hunter, Stephanie Koning, Elizabeth Fussell, Brian King, Andrea Rishworth, Alexis Merdjanoff, Raya Muttarak, Fernando Riosmena, Daniel H. Simon, Emily Skop, Jamon Van Den Hoek

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Climate change and attendant weather events are global phenomena with wide-ranging implications for migration and health. We argue that while these issues are inherently interrelated, little empirical or policy attention has been given to the three-way nexus between climate vulnerability, migration, and health. In this Review, we develop a conceptual model to guide research on this three-way nexus. In so doing, we apply our conceptual model to a range of case studies, including Bangladesh, Mexico, Myanmar, and the USA. They illustrate that climate vulnerability-migration-health interlinkages are context specific, varying by political, economic, demographic, social, and environmental factors unique to each population and place. Even so, the case studies also demonstrate that overarching themes amenable to policy can be identified. Global organizations and researchers from a multiplicity of disciplinary backgrounds have strong imperatives and unique but often overlooked capacity to innovate and experiment in addressing climate vulnerability-migration-health interlinkages. We call for research and policy focus on these issues and suggest targeted efforts to begin mitigating migration and health issues associated with global climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-81
Number of pages21
JournalPopulation and Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Bangladesh
  • Climate
  • Displacement
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Mexico
  • Migration
  • Myanmar
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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