Migration, Climate and Local Democracy in Africa: Political Representation under a Changing Sky

Principal Investigators: Papa Faye (Centre d’Action pour le Développement et la Recherche en Afrique – CADRE), Jesse Ribot (American University), and Matthew Turner (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

This research project examines local government’s role – the function of political representation – in generating or reducing the current trends in which vulnerable people are migrating out of areas where climate variability is viewed as a driver of outmigration. The project is based on fieldwork in the Tambacounda region of Senegal and the Dantiandou and Say regions of Niger. Senegal and Niger are two countries with elected local government that can provide deeply needed lessons for democratic local authorities wherever climate-related security and migration pressures are at play. This project is funded by the International Center for Local Democracy. This project is closely related to and builds on the Vulnerability and Climate Change Research Projects. 

  • Read more about this project here.

  • Read an interview with Jesse Ribot on this project here

  • See 3-minute video, “Climate Refugees?” developed from this project here.

Note that publications listed below will also be found under other projects since publications have been matched to as many projects as they are relevant to. Also, please note that the publications listed on the Vulnerability and Climate Change Research page are relevant to understanding vulnerability related to migration. 

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Related Documents

Ribot, J., Papa Faye and Matthew Turner. 2019 Forthcoming. “Climate of Anxiety: Sahelian Emigration under a Changing Sky,” Public Culture.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Ribot, Jesse. 2019. “Social Causality of our Common Climate Crisis: Toward a Sociodicy for the Anthropocene,” Ch. 2, pp. 35-53 in Tobias Haller, Thomas Breu, Tine De Moor, Christian Rohr and Heinzpeter Znoj (eds.) The Commons in a Glocal World: Global Connections and Local Responses. London: Routledge.

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

BOOKS & SPECIAL ISSUES

Stephan Hochleithner and Andreas Exner. 2018. Local Government and Migration: A Review of Literature and Media Narratives with focus on West African Sahel. Working Paper NO 13. ICLD Working Paper Series.

WORKING PAPERS

WORKING PAPERS

Stephan Hochleithner and Andreas Exner. 2018. Outmigration, Development, and Global Environmental Change: A Review and Discussion of Case Studies from the West African Sahel. Working Paper NO 15. ICLD Working Paper Series.

WORKING PAPERS

WORKING PAPERS

Stephan Hochleithner and Andreas Exner. 2018. Theories of Migration in and from Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: Review and Critique of Current Literature. Working Paper NO 14. ICLD Working Paper Series.

WORKING PAPERS

WORKING PAPERS