Researchers affiliated with the project

Associate professor Karsten Pærregaard

Climate change is generating economic instability, social insecurity and political conflict throughout the world. As a result, global warming has become an important issue on the political agenda in the Global North that is concerned about the current overexploitation of such natural resources as oil, minerals and timber. However, to many people in the Global South climate change and global warming are causing the lack of a resource of far more vital importance: water. The current climate change, in particular, has severe consequences for populations inhabiting mountain regions that rely on melt water from glaciers and permanent ice layers not only for drinking and washing water in the households but also for agricultural irrigation and other purposes. Ironically, the vast majority of these people contribute very little to the global warming. Yet, as marginalized and poor in the Global South they are seldom heard by those who contribute the most, that is the Global North. The aim of the present project is to provide new knowledge of how climate change affects poor people in the Global South by exploring the environmental effect of global warming in Andean Peru, and examining how social and political institutions respond to the increasing water scarcity and solve the conflicts it causes.

PhD fellow Maria Louise Bønnelykke Robertson, Department of Anthropology

Project title: The Mobilities of People and Materialities - Responding to Climate Change in Kiribati

Due to its limited and flat land area Kiribati, consisting of 33 islands straddling the pacific equator, has been the centre of much attention about climate change and sea level rise in recent years. Scientists refer to a need for relocating the population, and they predict that the islands may become uninhabitable over the next century. The overall aim of this PhD project is to analyze how mobilities take shape in Kiribati? The analyses will uncover the networks of materialities and mobilities, exploring who and what is (im)mobile? And what the technologies are which mediate the relation between people and place?
The project runs from July 2010 to June 2013 and is funded by the Danish Council for independent Research, Humanities.