Worcester Uni academics participating in research scheme  - The Worcester Observer

Worcester Uni academics participating in research scheme 

TWO academics from the University of Worcester are participating in a groundbreaking £2.3million, three-year research scheme focused on climate-induced migration and enhancing community resilience.

The project, Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategies (CLARS), aims to address the growing challenges posed by climate change in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, as well as the Great Lakes Region of the USA and Canada.

With projections indicating that over 200million people will be forced to relocate due to climate change in the next 25 years, the urgency of this research is clear.

In 2022 alone, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre recorded over 32.6million displacements, with 98 per cent resulting from weather-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

The CLARS project assembles a team of distinguished researchers from the UK, US, Canada, and Germany.

Among them are Dr. Cedric Nkiko and Professor Alan Dixon from the University of Worcester.

Their research will concentrate on the Lake Victoria Basin, collaborating with Dr. Laurie Parsons from the University of London and Dr. Andreolla Serraglio from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Dr. Nkiko said: “By understanding how communities in the Global South, such as the Maasai, have been dealing with climate change for a considerable length of time, we aim to learn from their extensive experience.

“Overall, this will enrich our comprehension of climate adaptation and boost the resilience of migrants and host communities globally.”

Dr. Nkiko highlighted the project’s relevance to the Great Lakes Region in the US and Canada.

“In the US, droughts in the Southwest, hurricanes in the Gulf region, and sea level rises on the East and West Coast are pushing migrants to the Great Lakes Region in search of abundant natural resources.

“This research hopes to help city planners and host communities prepare and manage such migrating activities in both lakes regions.”

Historically, research on climate-induced migration has been limited, often neglecting the comprehensive impacts on both migrants and receiving communities.

The CLARS project seeks to bridge this gap by drawing on the rich experiences of communities in the Global South to inform strategies in the Global North.

Professor Alan Dixon said: “Rarely have those in the global North sought to draw on the climate-induced experiences of those in the global South.

“This project is a significant step in addressing this oversight and fostering a more holistic understanding of climate adaptation strategies.”


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