Call for abstracts: Disaster Displacement and the Nordic Region

The Nordic Network on Climate Displacement and Mobility welcomes abstracts for its conference “Disaster Displacement and the Nordic Region” to be held 23 August 2024 at the University of Copenhagen. 

Disaster displacement both into and within the Nordic Region encompasses a broad range of phenomena and unique hazards. These vary from planned relocation for communities at risk, changes to Indigenous peoples’ hunting and herding practices, legal claims for international protection by people who come from outside the region, as well as the Nordic approach to projects and initiatives designed to minimize climate and disaster-related displacement elsewhere. Academic and policy responses to disaster displacement within the Nordic Region have so far been ad hoc and limited, yet Nordic engagement with the issue at the international level has been somewhat more pronounced.

This Conference seeks to build on the work of the Nordic Network and establish the groundwork for a new interdisciplinary research agenda for the Region. To that end it welcomes abstracts that draw comparisons with approaches taken elsewhere.  It will launch the edited volume “Nordic Approaches to Climate-Related Human Mobility” co-edited by Miriam Cullen and Matthew Scott and broaden the discussions on which the book is based, which began in workshops held in 2021 and 2022.

Professor Jane McAdam will open the conference with a keynote address focusing on her ongoing research on evacuations and the work of the new Evacuations Research Hub.

Abstract submission

Abstracts should be submitted via this website, by 1 May 2024 and include:

  • The name, contact details, current position and affiliation of the person(s) making the submission
  • An abstract of maximum 500-words.
  • A 2-page CV.

Early-career and Indigenous scholars are particularly encouraged to contribute. Selected participants will be notified by 30 May 2024.

Logistics and financial support

The conference is funded in part by Dreyers Fond and is organized by the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. Some funding is available to cover transport, accommodation and meals for a small number of participants. Please state in your submission if you wish to apply for such support as well as where you would be travelling from, and estimated travel costs. Note that funding for travel and accommodation is primarily directed towards scholars and practitioners based in the Nordic region (including Greenland).