Climate Change and Migration: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Third-cycle level | 7.5 credits | Course code: SFGS392
VT 2024
Study period: 2024-04-29 - 2024-05-31
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2023-12-01 - 2024-03-18

Course description

This course addresses the complex relationship between migration and climate change and provides interdisciplinary analytical tools for understanding the multicausality of migration. Being based in the social sciences, it will also involve climate science perspectives. The course discusses various methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, to study the complexities of social, political, and ecological drivers behind migration, their interactions and variations across regions and scales of governance. Drawing on the most recent theoretical advances and a broad variety of empirical studies from different world regions, the course develops a critical engagement with different frameworks for exploring the climate-migration nexus. The course also dwells on issues of climate and (im-)mobility justice from a North-South perspective and explores the state of the current global policy development in the field. Important international actors such as the UN and the EU will be analysed and problematized in terms of their ability to provide viable support and protection for ‘climate migrants’.

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the course the applicant must be registered on a PhD program. A good command of English is vital.


Applicants will be assessed and admitted based on the relevance of their PhD project to the learning outcomes. A good command of English is vital.

Other information

The course runs as a full-time course and is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminar sessions, individual studies and group work.

The first four weeks of the course are online modules and require access to a computer and the Internet. The last week will be held on campus with mandatory seminars.

Course syllabus



School of Global Studies


Social Science

Type of course

Subject area course

Research School/Graduate School

Graduate School in Migration and Integration


migration, climate change, mobility, governance, interdisciplinarity, qualitative and quantitative methods, climate justice

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