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

Abstract

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.

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Thornton, F., McNamara, K.E., Farbotko, C. et al. Human mobility and environmental change: a survey of perceptions and policy direction. Popul Environ 40, 239–256 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11111-018-0309-3

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Keywords

  • Environmental change
  • Climate change
  • Human mobility
  • Policy
  • Survey