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Climate-induced displacement: The role of agency and access to political networks in the resettlement process 
Fariya Hashmat (Lahore School of Economics)
Asad Ghalib (Liverpool Hope University)
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Ahmad Nawaz (Lahore School of Economics)
Palmer 1.05
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In the global south, the agency of the displaced communities to get a good bargain out of the resettlement process that occurs due to natural disasters is largely being determined by their access to political networks.

Long Abstract:

In the global south, climate change is becoming the primary driver of human displacement. The risk of displacement is a social condition rather than a temporary delimited event that often has long-term structural constraints and implications for the displaced. In this context, the risk factors such as loss of livelihood and income, increased morbidity, destruction of housing and infrastructure, disruption of social capital, among many others, are imposed on the displaced beyond their choice and this, in turn, constrains their agency.

However, displaced communities' access to political networks, amidst heterogeneous societies, is largely being determined by their identities such as gender, ethnicity, caste, creed etc Therefore, those having strong linkages with political representatives are in a better position because they have higher levels of agency to exploit and reap the benefits of rehabilitation measures, despite the fact that they are facing the same risk factors as those with lower levels of agency. For example, in case of recent floods in Pakistan, it has been observed that displaced communities having strong political connections have not only gotten a better bargain but also have resettled in a more sustainable way, contrary to those who have lower access to political networks.

Therefore, this panel, in addition to both quantitative and qualitative studies, also invites case studies from all over the world, which explores the power politic in the whole process of resettlement in terms of getting a better bargain on the part of displaced communities.

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Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -