Climate change and migration are widely reported to be defining phenomena of the 21st century. This project examines the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and uses it as a site to delve deeper into the politics of the climate change and migration nexus. Practical questions will be asked regarding the potential members and institutional setup of the Task Force and questions from the academic literature will also be posed surrounding who has the power to decide the terms of the debate and how this relates to the role of knowledge.
Dr. Sarah Louise Nash is a political scientist working on the politics of the climate change and migration nexus. She completed her PhD in political science in the research group Climate Change and Security (CLISEC) at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she wrote her thesis on the policymaking discourse of the climate change and migration nexus between the Cancun and Paris climate negotiations. Sarah holds an MSc in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow, an MA in German and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Vienna. Her research interests include climate change politics, human mobilities, borders, human rights, and discourse analysis.