Does Climate Change Move You?

Apply for our short course covering climate impacts on migration and the concepts, methods and policies behind them. The course is free and will take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

  • Date: 22.06.2015 – 26.06.2015
  • Place: University of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand (
  • No participation fee
  • Travel costs are not covered
  • Dead-line for application: 22nd April 2015 (extended)


Short course theme and objectives:


Recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 and the Great Flood in Thailand in 2011 have shown the severe consequences of increasingly common extreme climatic events on the lives of millions of people. Climate change will not only impact daily life, but also may result in new and trying challenges, such as increased migration, conflicts, and humanitarian crises. The official UN organization established to combat climate change (UNFCCC) has recognized that these issues require urgent action. At the same time, international organizations (e.g. IOM, UNHCR), national governments, and a growing research community have intensified their engagement with the issue. What have they learned? What kinds of policies have they come up with? And will this help tackle these challenges?

The short course will explore the impacts of climate change, using the relationship between climate change and migration as a focal point. The objective is to introduce the participants to the issue and give an overview on a conceptual, methodological, and policy-oriented level.

The short course will enable the participants 

  • to understand the relationship between climate change and migration and the scientific and policy discourses around the issue
  • to comprehend the concepts of livelihoods, vulnerability, and resilience for the analysis of the relationship
  • to apply social science research methods, particularly Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Network Analysis, and Multi-Sited Ethnography
  • to gain insights on community-based climate change adaptation
  • to learn about policies and actors in the field of climate change and migration


This short course aims to invite master level students, early PhD candidates of different disciplines as well as representatives from NGOs, research agencies, and policymakers to participate.

Please send

  • a letter of motivation (outline the links to the issues of your interest; max. 1 page) &
  • a short bio (half page)

to the organizers of the workshop:

  • Dr. Panomsak Promburom, Centre for Agricultural Resource Systems Research, University of Chiang Mai
  • Dr. Patrick Sakdapolrak, Research Group Leader, TransRe Research Group, Department of Geography, University of Bonn:

Local host of the workshop:

Centre for Agricultural Resource Systems Research, University of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more information see:

Deadline for application: 22 April 2015 (updated)

Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2015

Travel and accommodation:

Accommodation expenses and short course related expenses will be covered.


TransRe Project, University of Bonn, Germany (

CARSR, Chiang Mai University, Thailand (

Environmental Programme, Raks Thai Foundation, Thailand (


International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bangkok Office, Thailand (

This workshop is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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Who we are

We are a BMBF supported research group seeking to decipher the relationships between migration, translocality, and social resilience to climate change in Thailand. Our working group is based at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. Get to know our team...



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