Migration, Environment and Inequality: Perspectives of a Political Ecology of Translocal Relations

  • Clemens Greiner
  • Patrick Sakdapolrak
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 61)


Research into the relationship between environment and migration—particularly how the environment influences the decision to migrate—has gained currency in the last decade. However, the growing body of recent environmental-migration literature exhibits an under-theorized and depoliticized notion of the environment. Furthermore, migration is usually perceived as an emergency response, a one-time movement, neglecting the often inherent circularity and continuous effects of migration. In this chapter, we introduce the concepts of translocality and political ecology as a means to address this lapse. We also propose a political ecology of translocal relations as a framework for research into the migration-environment nexus. This to be an important issue in this time of mounting and often reductionist debates.


Internal migration Translocality Political ecology Human-environmental relations Rural development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global South Studies CenterUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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