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Climate change, conflict and displacement: how internally displaced persons (IDPs) cope and adapt

Hero image description: Natural disaster damage after hurricane Image credit:Motionarray

Many of today's displacement crises are driven by a complex mix of climate and environmental change, disasters, conflict and fragility. These compounding risks and the interactions between them have garnered increasing attention over the past decade, though in reality, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to disentangle conflict and climate as drivers of displacement.

This project seeks to reframe discussions around climate change, conflict and displacement by focusing not on how these three phenomena impact one another, but rather on how they impact people's lives. Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Focus on the lived experiences of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been displaced by climate and/or conflict into urban areas.
  • Explore how IDPs are coping and adapting to climate change, conflict and displacement.
  • Identify how these coping strategies influence opportunities and outcomes for the protection and wellbeing of IDPs and the communities in which they live.
  • Offer recommendations for aid actors to protect and support displaced people in ways that reflect their lived experiences, personal preferences and future aspirations.

Project team