The Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics (MMSP) Research Cluster and the Environment and Resources (ERRC) Research Cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) are pleased to host a joint virtual event on the nexus of climate change and migration. This panel will discuss new developments and debates regarding the climate migration nexus, and how the growing pressures from large scale environmental change are shaping our understanding of migrants’ rights and migration policy. A particular focus will be how the climate crisis may be affecting Canadian migration and the implications for refugee law and policy.
The panel will last for an hour followed by a Q&A and discussion afterwards.
Elisabeth Gilmore, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, and she focuses on the economic costs and societal impacts of climate change, including the implications of climate risks on public budgeting, service provisioning, and institutional and political stability. She is a Lead Author for the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Robert McLeman, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, his research is on the human dimensions of environmental change, with particular attention to the relationship between environment and human migration. He was a contributor to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (Chapter 7: Health, wellbeing and the changing structure of communities).
Warda Shazadi Meighen, Partner with Landings LLP and Adjunct Professor with University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Oxford where she focused on refugee, migration and international refugee law, and is the Canada Co-Chair of the International Justice Circle at Human Rights Watch.