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Land degradation and migration: urgent need for research action

In a newly published article in Nature Sustainability, IAMO scientists Kathleen Hermans and Daniel Müller call for expanding the current research agenda on environmental migration and emphasize the necessity of including land degradation as a key element in migration and displacement studies.

Land degradation threatens livelihoods with the potential to displace vulnerable groups, yet its impacts on migration are poorly understood as environmental migration research mainly focuses on the impacts of climate change on migration. In their new article, IAMO researchers Kathleen Hermans and Daniel Müller, along with colleagues from the University of York and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, assert the importance of addressing this gap. They argue that including land degradation in migration and displacement studies is crucial due to the significant sustainability risks it presents. The researchers propose five specific research priorities to expand the current environmental migration research agenda.

Hermans, K., Müller, D., O’Byrne, D. et al. Land degradation and migration. Nat Sustain (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-023-01231-4

 


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Dr. Kathleen Hermans

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change
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