Design Strategies for Climate- and Conflict-Induced Migration

The changing climate is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time, with significant consequences for human societies and the environment. Forced migration due to changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and environmental degradation is a key issue, with an estimated 200 million people expected to be displaced over the next 30 years. Impoverished regions, historically least responsible for these conditions, will be hit hardest. Moreover, the intersectionality of migration and conflict further exacerbates the vulnerabilities of affected populations.

Currently, there is a noticeable gap between immediate responses to climate-induced displacement and the long-term needs created by enduring climate shifts. This research and advocacy project aims to bridge this gap by integrating spatial design research with migrant and host community engagement, ultimately identifying areas conducive to long-term habitation and the necessary support for such development.

The project was initiated in conversation with the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in 2023 and is ongoing, generously supported by The Creative Industries Fund (NL).

(aerial imagery: sourced from Google Earth)