TransRe: Building Resilience to Climate Change through Migration and Translocality
Harald Sterly1, Patrick Sakdapolrak2
1University of Bonn, Dept. of Geography, Germany
The paper presents an overview of the TransRe project and it's findings of the first project phase. The project explores the contribution of migration and translocal linkages to improved household and community resilience in rural Thailand. It takes the perspective that migration already is and will continue to be a major phenomenon as well as a driver of global change, and that through migration a multitude of translocal practices and networks are induced. Migration can thus lead to profound changes in a place's demography – and the often mentioned brain and labour drain – but is also connecting people, facilitating flows of knowledge and resources, and creating networked and interconnected translocal spaces. This intensifying translocal connectedness, the paper argues, has the potential to increase the ability of households and communities to respond to risks and to enhance their livelihoods and well-being – that is, their social resilience. The project focuses especially on climate and climate change related risks that smallholder farmers face in rural Thailand.
Keywords: Climate change, resilience, smallholder farmers, Thailand, translocality
Contact Address: Harald Sterly, University of Bonn, Dept. of Geography, Meckenheimer Allee 166, 53115 Bonn, Germany, e-mail: sterlygiub.uni-bonn.de