Special Issue "Migration and Conflict in a Global Warming Era: A Political Understanding of Climate Change"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp

Kiel University Institute of Geography Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean"
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Guest Editor
Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing understanding of the effects of global warming, including insights on associated social phenomena as well as the multidimensional and far-reaching political effects of anthropogenic climate change, such as climate induced human mobility or climate-related conflicts over the distribution of and access to natural resources. The ensuing debates have yielded varying effects. Securitization discourses and anti-migration policies are gaining strength, mainly in the Global North, while empirical findings have shown that environmental migration entails mostly South–South movements, internal displacement, immobility, and trapped populations. Furthermore, environmental migration is often linked to intersectional discrimination. Conflicts linked to climate change are mostly, but not exclusively, non-violent, and climate change effects are not usually singular drivers of conflict, but inseparable from socio–political and economic dynamics.

For these reasons, the proposed Special Issue aims to draw attention to underrepresented research perspectives and to second order effects of the political dimensions of climate change. Second order effects can be observed in new configurations of North–South interactions and of international cooperation. Climate change politics and international cooperation are increasingly exploring the possibilities of climate change as a new tool of governance (Klepp and Chavez-Rodriguez 2018), investing growing funds in climate related interventions, such as adaptation and mitigation. The political implications of climate change policies, adaptation or mitigation interventions are often neither recognised nor transparent. Power relations on the ground and local knowledge are rarely taken into consideration. This can lead to shifting power relations, and in the worst case, it can weaken the most vulnerable. Here, we suggest to analyse the asymmetrical knowledge production, the hidden ontologies of climate interventions and the power–knowledge nexus in the field of climate science, international cooperation and climate finance.

In this Special Issue, we invite papers—particularly by scholars from the Global South— that explore the underrepresented aspects of the political dimensions of global warming. This includes, but is not limited to, post-colonial and decolonial perspectives on climate-related migration and conflict, intersectional approaches and gender dimensions, climate change politics as a new tool of governance, and STS (Science and Technology Studies) perspectives. We invite short papers (no more than 10–15 pages) that are based on empirical findings in different parts of the world and have a strong conceptual grounding.

The Special Issue will be completely open access, funded by the Knowledge Unlatched initiative (http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org).


We invite you to submit abstracts to [email protected] and to [email protected] by the 31st of August 2018, the manuscripts must be completed and submitted the by the 28th of February 2019.

Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp
Dr. Christiane Fröhlich
Guest Editors

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  • North-South relations
  • environmental migration
  • climate change politics
  • conflict
  • intersectionality
  • vulnerability

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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