Rising Seas: Climate Change, Displacement and Resettlement

Room 920
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Presented by Dr Celia McMichael, School of Geography, University of Melbourne

Migration, displacement and relocation are anticipated where climate-related sea level rise increases flooding and coastal erosion, reduces arable land, affects groundwater reserves, damages or destroys infrastructure, and presents threats to human lives and well-being. Whereas climate migration has previously been viewed as a crisis, there is now widespread understanding that migration and mobility can be adaptive responses to climate threats.

This seminar examines climate-related planned relocation. It takes its point of departure from recent research in Fiji among several low-lying coastal communities identified as under threat from sea-level rise. The seminar considers the ways in which people from these villages navigate:
(i) planned relocation as a current policy and practice response to coastal erosion and flooding; and
(ii) anticipate environmental futures in which sea-level rise, coastal erosion and flooding are understood and positioned as inevitably leading to forced displacement and relocation.

It considers the extent to which planned relocation is seen to be a crisis or an adaptive solution.

About the Refugees and Forced Migration Seminar Series

Across semester two, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Researchers for Asylum Seekers (RAS) are partnering to present a fortnightly seminar series on a range of topics related to forced migration, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Events are held between 1pm and 2pm on Tuesdays at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

All events are free and open to all. Bookings are not required. For further information email social-equity@unimelb.edu.au

Semester 2 Program

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1 August

Room 224

Behind “Behind the Wire”: Sharing New Perspectives
on Mandatory Detention

Michael Green and André Dao

15 August

Room 224

Nowhere People Have a Right to Somewhere:
Statelessness and the Law

Michelle Foster

29 August

Room 920

“Boat People” and Borders: Changing Political Debate
on Asylum Seekers

John Van Kooy

12 September

Room 920

Songs of Celebration and Suffering: Music and Refugees
in Australia

Samantha Dieckmann

3 October

Room 223

From Human Trafficking To “Smuggled” Refugees:
A Case from North Korea

Jiyoung Song

17 October

Room 920

Rising Seas: Climate change, Displacement and

Celia McMichael

31 October

Room 920

Closing the Chapter on Child Detention: Developments
in Normative and Legal Frameworks

Robyn Sampson