The Hugo Observatory is seeking an outstanding candidate for a position of Research Assistant to assist with the development and management of the MIGRADAPT project. MIGRADAPT stands for ‘La migration au service de l'adaptation aux changements environnementaux. Analyse en Belgique’ and is a collaborative project funded by the Belgian Federal Scientific Policy (BELSPO). It associates the University of Liège (coordinator), the Free University of Brussels (ULB), the University of Antwerp and Royal Museum of Central Africa (MRAC). The project seeks to document the role played by migration for the adaptation to climate impacts and environmental degradation in the migrants’ communities of [...]
[English below] En réponse aux nombreuses demandes, le comité d'organisation du colloque 'Migrations environnementales : l’état de la recherche en Afrique de l’Ouest' a décidé d'étendre la date limite des soumissions des résumés au vendredi juillet 14 2017. Les participants peuvent soumettre leurs résumés jusqu'au 14 juillet au moyen du formulaire de soumission. Toute information sur le dépôt des résumés est disponible ici. _______ In response to several requests, the organising committee of the conference 'Environmental Migration: the state of the research in West Africa' has decided to extend the submission deadline to Friday July 14 2017. Participants can [...]
On 23 May 2017 Hugo Observatory director François Gemenne spoke at the second thematic session of the UN Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. This new UN process, launched in the wake of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, aims to promote the global governance of international migration and is expected to be concluded in 2018 with the adoption of a Global Compact by the UN General Assembly. During panel 3 of this consultative session the adverse effects of climate change and natural disasters as drivers of migration were addressed. Mr. Gemenne stressed the importance of [...]
The Hugo Observatory officially part of the new UN process to promote the global governance of international migration [ français ci-dessous] The Hugo Observatory, located at the department of Geography at the University of Liège, is the world’s first research structure specifically dedicated to the study of environmental migration. The Observatory has been officially accredited to the Global Compact in Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This new UN process, launched in the wake of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, aims to promote the global governance of international migration and is expected to be concluded [...]
We have the honor to announce that Dr. Sarah Louise Nash has been awarded the best paper prize of the Hugo Conference 2016. Sarah is 2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center of the Sabanci University and Associated postdoctoral researcher at the Research Group Climate Change and Security of the University of Hamburg. Her paper From Cancun to Paris: deconstructing an era of policymaking on the migration and climate change nexus has been selected as the strongest paper presented at the Hugo Conference. Sarah will receive €1,250 in cash. Congratulations Sarah!
On the occasion of three important anniversaries related to the construction of the European Union - the 15th anniversary of the Euro, the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus exchange programme and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, François Gemenne (The Hugo Observatory, Université de Liège) and Catherine de Wenden (CERI, Sciences Po) will exchange thoughts on Europe and especially the issue of environmental migration. The event will take place on March 8th at 19h15 at Amphithéâtre Eugène Eichtal in Paris. All details can be found here. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 [...]
Rather than a "refugee crisis", the current situation concerning the people crossing the mediterranean see should be viewed as a crisis caused by Europe's inability to respond in a concerted and humane way to the catastrophic events at its borders. In the latest edition of Cités, Hugo Observatory director François Gemenne has published a provocative piece outlining several reasons to open the borders. The article can be consulted here. In the same edition, Hugo Observatory member Sara Vigil discusses the concept of environmental migration and links this to crucial political issues. The article can be consulted here.