2nd CFP, Nordic Geographers Meeting, Trondheim, Norway on June 16 – 19 2019.


Environment, migration and ethnicity



Sarah Anderson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Lesley Head, University of Melbourne Natascha Klocker, University of Wollongong Gordon Waitt, University of Wollongong


An emergent strand of geographical literature is responding to the ways in which ethnicity, migration and the environment are imbricated in each other. This scholarship is in response to at least three key challenges. First, what is understood as the ‘environment’ through various interactions and how is this knowledge produced, maintained and circulated? Second, whose environmental knowledge is important, and how does it gain legitimacy in specific social and material contexts? Third, how can scholars move sustainability politics away from telling people how to live more sustainable lives, to better understanding sources of stability and change in their practices?


This session invites papers that respond to these challenges and that form part of this emergent literature, with a focus on the role of Global South migrants (from non-Anglo-European backgrounds) into Global North contexts. Papers are particularly welcomed that help better understand the environmental and social implications that arise from such migration, as ethnic minorities make sense of themselves and their place in their ‘new’ home country. 


Thus, we invite papers that respond to these challenges by offering insights into the nexus of environment, migration and ethnicity. As a guide, papers may speak to one of the following questions:

•            How does the environmental knowledge of ethnic minority migrants challenge western environmental agendas and discourses?

•            In the context of migration debates based on population numbers, how may migrants’ environmental knowledge help to position them as a resource rather than an environmental ‘problem’ or ‘threat’? 

•            What insights are offered through the environment-migration-ethnicity nexus into how everyday environmental activities and engagements continue, change or stop?

•            What implications arise if migrants are compelled to conform to specific national imaginings of environmental engagement and environmentalism?

•            In what ways does the environment-migration-ethnicity nexus help challenge taken-for-granted assumptions within western informed environmental thinking and debates?


Please submit abstracts of 200 to 250 words to sarah.anderson@ntnu.no by 10th January 2019.




Dr Natascha Klocker

Associate Editor, Australian Geographer | Senior Lecturer, Human Geography


The Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space.

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