The negative impacts of climate change are currently affecting settlements and communities throughout the Pacific Islands, and therefore are influencing patterns of human mobility.

The Fijian government announced that the inhabitants of 48 villages in Fiji would need to move to higher ground in the short to medium term because of their exposure to climate change.

As global emissions continue to rise and given the Earth's system feedbacks, relocation and other forms of mobility are adaptive responses of last resort. Consent and participation of communities concerned is critical - prior, during and following relocation.

In this project, 3 different communities in Fiji will be examined on their existing mobility types.  A particular emphasis is given to the types of human mobility emerging in these communities and the question of if and how mobility act as a climate change adaptation and at the same time secures livelihoods, culture and heritage and environmental protection.

Advisory Team: Associate Professor Karen McNamara, Dr Carol Farbotko

Funding: UQ Earmarked Scholarship Scheme

Project members

Merewalesi YEE

PhD Candidate