Event details
Event Start Date: 01/02/2021
Event End Date: 31/05/2021

Developing a Research and Policy Agenda for Addressing Disaster and Climate Change Displacement in Africa

 
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES

 

February-May 2021

NOTE: This Virtual Workshop Series has been revised from an in-person workshop to a series of virtual (online) workshops due to COVID-19 and ongoing travel restrictions.

 

Natural hazards, disasters, environmental degradation and the adverse effects of climate change are now among the leading drivers of human mobility, prompting migration, forced displacement and planned relocation across the globe. Yet, the legal status and protection of those who move in the context of disasters and climate change remains uncertain. This Academic Workshop will bring together academics and practitioners working in Africa and beyond to advance research, evidence and policy development relating to disaster and climate change-related mobility in Africa. It will provide an opportunity for academics and practitioners working across Africa and beyond to engage in discussion, form networks and plan future research on topics related to displacement in the context of disasters and climate change.

Through a combination of plenary sessions and smaller thematic working groups, the Workshop will identify key needs and opportunities for research and policy development relating to disaster and climate change-related displacement in Africa. 

The specific objectives of the Virtual Workshop Series are:

  1. To identify opportunities for addressing disaster and climate change displacement within African regional and sub-regional law and policy frameworks;
  2. To identify knowledge gaps that need to be addressed in order to further develop or realise these opportunities; and
  3. To develop proposals for further research to address the identified knowledge gaps and enhance future law and policy development.

The outputs of the Virtual Workshop Series will be:

  • Publication of a Research and Policy Agenda for Addressing Disaster and Climate Change Displacement in Africa that makes specific recommendations for future, collaborative research to support the development and implementation of law and policy responses to disaster and climate change displacement in Africa.
  • Establishment of a new network of researchers, practitioners and relevant organisations across Africa and beyond to engage in collaboration and funding efforts for future research and policy development. 

This workshop is being led by Dr Tamara Wood, Visiting Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, in collaboration with partners, including: Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town; Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; University of Nairobi; Platform on Disaster Displacement; and Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Workshop participants include scholars working in law and other disciplines as well as representatives of key regional, sub-regional and civil society organisations, including the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration and Red Cross. For further information, please contact Dr Wood at tamara.wood@unsw.edu.au.

The organisers of this Academic Workshop are grateful to the Australia-Africa Universities Network (AAUN) for their support of the workshop.  

 

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