ESF Research Conferences

ESF-ZIF-Bielefeld University Research Conference

Tracing Social Inequalities in Environmentally-Induced Migration

09-13 December 2012

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF), Bielefeld, Germany

Chaired by: Jeanette Schade and Thomas Faist , Bielefeld University

Co-chairs: Chloé Vlassopoulos, Andrew Baldwin, François Gemenne


(c) Anton Pieper (FIAN Germany)

The social inequalities between world regions, countries, geographical regions, organisations, groups and categories of people involved in environmental and climate-induced migration constitute the core thematic foci of the 2nd 2012 ESF-Bielefeld University research conference. Neither are all regions or social groups susceptible to climate and environmental change as a trigger for migration in the same way. Nor do all regions and groups have a comparable influence on policy decisions or public discourse that might affect them. Those regions, groups, organisations and states affected by environmental change have very unequal material and immaterial resources to respond to displacement, impelled migration and its causes. Differences in vulnerability and capacities to address these challenges are partly due to the fact that geographical areas are differentially exposed to climate and environmental harms, but also because their exposure is a consequence of their socio-economic position, class, ethnicity, race and gender. That the 2011 East African drought affected nearly 15.8 million people is the result of an interplay between climatic and societal reasons.

See the complete concept note here

Deadline for sending papers: 17 November 2012


No more than 9,000 words (including references); Use common reference styles (Harvard or APA); State at the beginning author(s) names, institutional afiliation, and panel; Display page numbers; Include an abstract and five keywords; Format should be a doc or pdf.


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 28 October

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 11 November

List of Accepted Participants

List of Posters - Last Updated: 04 December 2012

If you are not on the Poster List and wish to be included please contact Ms. Allegra Roccato

How to prepare your poster

Please note that posters can be maximum A0 size (84,1 × 118,9 cm). You will not be allowed to use tape. We will provide enough magnets for your posters.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the conference (09-13 December).

To Pay
Full conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
Assisted (residential)
Conference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners - fee includes accommodation
500 €
Early Bird (residential)Registration and Payment by 28 October - fee includes accommodation770 €
Normal (residential)
Registration and Payment by 11 November - it includes accommodation870 €
Early-Bird (non-residential)
Registration and Payment by 28 October - fee does not include accommodation500€
Normal (non-residential)
Registration and Payment by 11 November - fee does not include accommodation600€

Practical Information

Conference Venue

Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld, Germany
The conference will be held at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at Bielefeld University. The Center is an Institute for Advanced Study and is open to scientists from all disciplines and all countries to organize interdisciplinary projects, conferences or workshops.

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