Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Sustainable urbanisation? The wellbeing and security of migrants in growing cities

  • Date: –18:30
  • Location: Ostromsalen, Gamla Torget 6
  • Lecturer: W. Neil Adger, Professor of Human Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK
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  • Organiser: Department of Peace and Conflict Research
  • Contact person: Christie Nicoson
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This lecture, given by Neil Adger, Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, seeks to integrate migration theory with emerging insights on multi-dimensional wellbeing and security, drawing on new evidence from observational and exploratory action research in Chattogram, the second largest city in Bangladesh.

Migration and urbanization processes are intensifying globally, and especially in low income countries. The integration and wellbeing of new urban populations is central to building safe and sustainable cities and avoid poverty traps for migrant communities. It has been demonstrated globally that low-income populations and discrete ethnic minority groups moving to urban centres often cluster in areas where they are exposed to environmental hazards such as poor air and water quality, flooding or landslides, and also face differential access to services and labour markets. Hence a major challenge for rapidly expanding urban centres is to create safe and sustainable urbanization transitions. This lecture seeks to integrate migration theory with emerging insights on multi-dimensional wellbeing and security, drawing on new evidence from observational and exploratory action research in Chattogram, the second largest city in Bangladesh. The results show that perceptions of security and insecurity of new migrant populations are driven by their social capital, length of residence, level of integration into urban economies and political processes, and their exposure to threat multipliers such as environmental risks and hazards. The lecture further highlights how new migrant populations can be empowered into urban planning processes in fast growing urban centres.

Neil Adger is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. He has researched issues of environmental risk, political economy and ecological economics, focussing on climate change adaptation and resilience. He has been a long term contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, where he led the assessment of Human Security for its Fifth Assessment in 2014, as well as contributing to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health. He currently is engaged with migration research in India, Ghana and Bangladesh, and will lead an assessment of the role of migration in transformations to sustainability with an international team from 2019.

The lecture (16:15-17:30) is free, open to the public, and will be followed by an informal reception (17:30-18:30) with snacks and refreshments. Pre-registration is required by 18 September: https://www.picatic.com/SustainableUrbanization. For more information, please contact christie.nicoson@pcr.uu.se.

This event is co-organized by research project Climate Variability and Security Threats (CLIMSEC), funded by the European Research Council (grant no. 648291) based at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, and Climate Change, Food Insecurity and Violent Conflict, funded by the Swedish Research Council, SIDA, and FORMAS based at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (grant no. 2016-06389).

Sustainable urbanisation? The wellbeing and security of migrants in growing cities