Resilient Raval: adapting to heatwaves in Raval's migrant communities

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Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona

Thu 23 Feb · 18:00 - 19:30
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Climate change may trigger migration, but does this mean that migrants end up in a safer place? Little is known about climate vulnerabilities and adaptations following migration.

Researcher Panagiota Kotsila will explore climate-related health vulnerabilities through the knowledge that is exchanged, practised and negotiated in the traffic between places of origin and destination. The session will focus on key migrant populations as postcolonial subjects in current processes of nation- and place-making in European cities.

Shifting the focus from migration as a response to climate change, to migration as a source of knowledge for adaptation, opens up new horizons needed in the theory and practice of climate justice. Focusing on the case of heatwaves and vulnerability to extreme heat in Barcelona, Kotsila will point to interesting new directions for research and activist alliances.

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