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Climate displacement and resettlement: the importance of claims-making ‘from below’

Arnall, A. ORCID:, Hilson, C. ORCID: and McKinnon, C. (2019) Climate displacement and resettlement: the importance of claims-making ‘from below’. Climate Policy, 19 (6). pp. 665-671. ISSN 1469-3062

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2019.1570065


Climate-induced population displacement and resettlement is an ongoing problem around the world, and one that is being exacerbated by climate change. To date, most attempts to address this problem have taken a top-down approach in which international justice, legal and humanitarian frameworks are extended ‘downwards’ by policymakers and governments to local populations. However, there has been limited systematic work that emphasizes the abilities of affected peoples themselves to develop and formulate their own justice-based solutions. This paper presents an analytical framework for thinking about ‘bottom-up’ claims-making that emphasizes naming, blaming, claiming and framing. The framework enables claims-making to be distinguished from other forms of community-based agency, such as adaptation. The paper also suggests a normative framework to support policymakers and practitioners in helping communities facing displacement to make claims. The normative framework focuses on the barriers to, and opportunities for, claims-making ‘from below’.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of International Development
ID Code:81550
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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