Population and Environment

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 239–256 | Cite as

Human mobility and environmental change: a survey of perceptions and policy direction

  • Fanny ThorntonEmail author
  • Karen E McNamaraEmail author
  • Carol Farbotko
  • Olivia Dun
  • Hedda Ransan-Cooper
  • Emilie Chevalier
  • Purevdulam Lkhagvasuren
Original Paper


Research concerning human mobility in the context of environmental change is primarily focused on analyses of the nexus itself. We have taken a less-travelled route, focusing on those who take an interest in the issue, engage with it professionally or seek to address the multitude of social, economic and political dimensions associated with it. We used an online survey to examine perceptions of the human mobility/environmental change nexus amongst those who work with or within it (n = 262 respondents), situating our findings within the policy development they often seek or help to propel. We outline respondents’ overall characteristics, their conceptualisation of the human mobility/environmental change nexus and, finally, their policy preferences or priorities. We find, overall, that respondents are concerned with mobility approaches that promote equity as well as economic opportunity.


Environmental change Climate change Human mobility Policy Survey 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law and JusticeUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.School of GeographyUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.School of Geography and Sustainable CommunitiesUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  5. 5.College of Engineering and Computer ScienceAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  6. 6.UMR CNRS 6042 GEOLABUniversity of LimogesLimogesFrance
  7. 7.School of GeosciencesThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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