Call for contributions - Migration in the Face of Emerging Risks: Historical Case Studies, New Paradigms, and Future Directions

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Call for Papers
February 28, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Borderlands, Environmental History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Immigration & Migration History / Studies


Call for contributions: 

Migration in the Face of Emerging Risks: 

Historical Case Studies, New Paradigms, and Future Directions


Co-edited by:

Thomas Walker, PhD

Jane McGaughey, PhD

Gabrielle Machnik-Kekesi, MISt

Victoria Kelly, BSc

Human migration and population movement are subjects as vast and varied as the disciplinary and methodological lenses that academics, artists, activists, and policy-makers have employed in seeking to make sense of them. A significant trend in more recent scholarship has couched discussions of the movements of people (voluntary or forced, across or within national and regional borders, relocation or displacements, and anticipatory or reactive) within the frame of human-earth relationships. Both the acceleration of climate change and the global rise of “xenophobia, racism, and nationalism” (Armiero & Tucker, 2017, p.1) have inspired significant interest in the umbrella term “environmental migration.” According to the Migration Data Portal, “at the end of 2020, around 7 million people in 104 countries and territories were living in displacement as a result of disasters that happened not only in 2019, but also in previous years” (Migration Data Portal, 2021). Yet, for the large number of people displaced in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan, China, Syria, and the Philippines to name but a few, isolating a natural disaster or extreme weather event as the “cause” for the movement of people obscures more than it reveals with respect to political, economic, and social influences. Indeed, the conceptualization of the interaction between ecological, political, economic, and social factors as a complex nexus rather than a causal sequence has repositioned natural disasters as social issues, and war, “racism, religion and politics of commodities, land markets and currency circulation” as ecological concerns (Olivier-Smith, 2012, p.1063).

Per our intended global scope, the co-editors welcome contributions from international experts in both the academic and practitioner communities in research, policy formation, and activism as well as related fields such as economics, development studies, geography, law, diaspora studies, history, and public health.

The co-editors invite chapters that adopt an interdisciplinary approach and that incorporate new concepts or tools beyond the academic fields of population, environmental, and legal studies, including the applied, natural, and social sciences. Authors are encouraged to consider the geographic coverage and scalar relevance – at the local, regional, national, and supranational levels – of their contributions. Case studies or comparative studies (between different solutions, applications in different contexts, or variations between regions) are welcome. The co-editors invite case studies, historical analyses, projections, models, and recommendations for both policy and future research directions. The editorial team welcomes contributions from academics and practitioners in this fertile interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry, and encourages contributions at the intersection of population and environment studies, history, geography, law, diaspora studies, economics, public health, and sociology (among others).


  • Abstract and CV submission deadline – February 28, 2022  
  • Selection of abstracts and notification to successful contributors – March 11, 2022 
  • During April 2022 the publisher’s release forms will be forwarded to successful contributors (pending acceptance of proposal) 
  • Full chapter submission – May 20, 2022 
  • Revised chapter submission – July 30, 2022 

No part of the article should be published elsewhere. Chapters must not exceed 7,000 words (including all references, appendices, biographies, etc.), must use 1.5-line spacing and 12 pt. Times New Roman font, and must use the APA 7th edition reference style. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 500 words, a bibliography for their proposed chapter, and a CV. Abstract submission are expected by February 28th, 2022. Submissions should be sent by email to

Contact Info: 

Victoria Kelly

Emerging Risks Information Center