Workshop – Climate change, migration, neoliberalism. September 11-12


LUCSUS and the Linnaeus Centre LUCID invite you to participate in

The Lund University COST Action Workshop: Climate change, migration, neoliberalism

Limited number of participants – first come first serve.

The purpose of this workshop is to pose the question of neoliberalism to the phenomenon of climate change and migration. The central question the workshop will address is: What is the relationship between neoliberal imaginaries, discourses and policy-making and the phenomenon of climate change-induced migration? As scholarly and policy debates about the relationship between climate change and migration gather pace, very few scholars have sought to ask how this relation might be understood within the wider political economic context of neoliberalism. It is true that the phenomenon of climate change and migration is often posed as a problem of military security – the so-called migrant-as-threat thesis. However, the discourse on climate change and migration has undergone a significant transformation in recent years such that migration is now also widely understood as a legitimate form of climate change adaptation rather than as purely a problem of geopolitical security.

What is most interesting in this respect is the way in which the phenomenon of climate change and migration is now increasingly framed as a problem of human security and economy more so, it seems, than one of military security. For example, when migration is said to be a legitimate form of climate change adaptation this is often justified in terms of the benefits of remittance economies, access to labour markets, circular migration, and risk management – mobilising the lexicon and policy strategies that characterise mainstream debates on migration in the last decade. This suggests that at a minimum the discourse on climate change and migration is adopting the language of neoliberalism, but it also suggests that this discursive shift may come with various material effects, e.g. in terms of the institutions legitimated to govern climate migration, of the policies to which prospective climate migrants are subjected, of the forms of mobility fostered/curbed. The purpose of this workshop is thus to examine how neoliberalism, climate change, and migration come together and with what sorts of effects.

When: Thursday 11 September 10.30 – Friday 12 September 13.00

Where: Gamla Biskopshuset,

Register:  (no later than 5 September at 12.00)

Preliminary workshop program

The COST Action IS1101 aims to build a broad body of social science research concerning climate change and migration.The Action involves social scientists from a very wide range of disciplines, including geography, political science, sociology, environmental studies and history, law, and various  interdisciplinary studies. Twenty European countries are currently represented on the Action Management Committee and The Action provides funding for workshops, short-term scientific missions (knowledge exchanges), and training schools. More information is available here:


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