Event details
Event Start Date: 07/06/2016
Event End Date: 07/06/2016
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Location: King & Wood Mallesons, Lvl 61, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney, NSW 2000

The Displacement Project: Perspectives on climate change and displacement - Sydney panel discussion

Millions of people are displaced each year as a result of environmental disasters and climate change. The Displacement Project aims to raise awareness about the role that climate change plays in migration and displacement, the limitations of existing international legal frameworks and the policies that can be implemented in response to this issue.

Between 2008 and 2012, an estimated 144 million people were displaced by sudden-onset disasters, including floods, cyclones and earthquakes. Climate change is expected to impact on human displacement through an increase in frequency and/or magnitude of extreme weather events and slow-onset environmental events, such as desertification, drought and rising sea levels.

The event featured a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers who will each offer a unique insight into the human impact of climate change.  Participating on the panel were: 

Professor Jane McAdam is Scientia Professor of Law and Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW. She publishes widely in international refugee law and forced migration, with a focus on climate change, disasters and displacement.

Professor David Sanderson is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Architecture at UNSW. He has 25 years of experience working in development and disaster resilience across the world and has held senior positions in both the NGO and academic sectors.

Dr Maryanne Loughry is an Associate Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. She is a visiting research scholar at the Centre for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College and a Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford.


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.