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Strengthening the science–policy interface in the climate migration field


Hoffmann,  Roman
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Vinke,  Kira
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;


Sedova,  Barbora
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Hoffmann, R., Vinke, K., Sedova, B. (2023): Strengthening the science–policy interface in the climate migration field. - International Migration, 61, 5, 75-97.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_28227
The question of how climatic changes and hazards affect human mobility has increasingly gained prominence in public debates over the past decade. Despite improvements in the scientific understanding of the subject and advancements in policy, major gaps remain in addressing the humanitarian and socio-economic challenges related to climate migration. In this perspectives article, we argue for a holistic approach and a closer integration of science and policy involving diverse stakeholders in the process of knowledge generation and implementation. We identify five key challenges characteristic for improving the science–policy interface: (i) conflictual political contexts and the securitization of human migration, (ii) simplistic narratives and framing of the subject, (iii) the uneven production and dissemination of knowledge, (iv) limited data and analytical capacities and (v) a selective topical and methodological focus. To address these diverse challenges, there is a need for more bridging initiatives at the science–policy interface that integrate diverse disciplines, approaches and stakeholders. A closer engagement of researchers and policymakers in the form of multi-stakeholder exchanges, capacity-building activities, co-development and co-implementation processes and integrative scientific assessments can help bridge the gap to support the inclusive generation of knowledge and the development of comprehensive policies.