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Climate Change, Environment and Forced Mobility

A BSA Early Careers Forum Regional Event

16 July 2022 (3.00pm–6.00pm BST)
Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham, UK

About the Event

This public event brings together people across academic research, policy work, and activist documentary making to reflect on the complexities and challenges of climate and environment-related mobility.

Forced mobility and climate change are inevitably inseparable in today’s world. Climate change does not simply produce "climate refugees", but leads to environmental disasters, inter-communal tensions, armed conflicts, and economic precarities that often interconnect and drive displacement. As people flee their homes, they commonly continue being enclosed in precarious environments of transit camps with the lack of resources.

The event will be delivered in an accessible way to non-academic audience in the Mockingbird Cinema, Birmingham. The first session will focus on migrants' home states. It will stream a documentary on how climate change affects everyday life in Nepal and Bangladesh and contributes to displacement, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Deej Phillips. This will be followed by a talk by the European Commission Policy and Programme Manager for Afghanistan, Jan Moritz Mattke, attending to the intersection of climate change and socio-economic and political migration drivers. The second part of the event will move onto migrants' transit and camps. It will discuss with environmental health scholars and students from the University of Birmingham, Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi, Annie Pascall-Ramiz and Jamila Zanna, how people continue living in environmental precarities of makeshift camps when being displaced. These issues will be highlighted in the cases of transit camps in France (Calais), Indonesia (Palu) and Nigeria (Abuja), which despite their geopolitical diversity enclose people on the move in similar precarious environments. The workshop will conclude with a nod to the future, asking, "So, what now?". It seeks to invigorate a conversation among academics and the wider public on how citizens can intervene in the challenges of climate-related migration.


  • Deej Phillips, Independent Filmmaker (Causes of Climate Migration, Nepal)
  • Jan Moritz Mattke, Climate Change Researcher, European Commission (Climate Migration and Conflict, Afghanistan)
  • Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi, Human Geographer, University of Birmingham (Environmental Issues and Health in Transit, France)
  • Annie Pascall-Ramiz, MSc Environmental Health student, University of Birmingham (Environmental Issues and Health, Palu, Indonesia)
  • Jamila Zanna, PhD researcher, University of Birmingham (Environment Health, Abuja Nigeria)


  • BSA Member/Concessionary: £5
  • Non-Member: £15