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PhD Climate Change and Migration

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We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to study a PhD in Climate Change and Refugee Law, starting in January 2022. If you are interested and would like to find out more information or ask any questions, please join us at this event.

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We would like to invite you to a Live Chat on the PhD Climate Change and Migration.

Climate change, along with the human displacement and forced migration this creates, has increasingly demanded global attention in recent years. Since 2008, it is estimated that an average of 22.5 million people a year have been displaced by extreme weather events alone. In 2018, the United Nations Refugee Agency recognized that ‘climate, environmental degradation and natural disasters increasingly interact with the drivers of refugee movements.’

At the same time, the internationally accepted definition of a Refugee (Art 1A Refugee Convention 1951) does not easily apply to those fleeing the consequences of climate change. It is arguable that there is little substantive difference between the position of climate change refugees and those fleeing extreme poverty or economic disadvantage. It is understood that most of those impacted by climate change will be displaced within their countries or regions of origin, adding to global inequality and instability. International instruments have tended to focus on resilience and capacity building in these regions. The place of refugee law as part of the solution to such climate change-induced displacement is therefore uncertain and demands scrutiny.

As the issue becomes ever more pressing, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Paragon Law have joined forces to support the study of the implications of climate change for refugee law. This will be achieved through a multi-pronged and collaborative approach - the first step of which will be a co-funded PhD scholarship on the subject of Climate Change and Refugee Law. NTU and Paragon Law have agreed to provide 50% of the funding each for a Home/EU Full-Time student fee to support a PhD on the topic at hand, commencing in January 2022.

The deadline for applications and 2,000 word proposal is 1st November 2021.

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