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There is unprecedented concern over migration and a negative outcome of unsustainability and insecurity. But  migration has enormous transformative potential for individuals and societies. This research integrates emerging insights on migration into theories of transformation to sustainability.

Transformation theories assumes static populations and fail to recognize the impacts, both positive and negative, of the movement of people. The objective of this research is to use theory and rigorous empirical research to  expand knowledge of transformations to sustainability by incorporating migration dynamics.  These specific include: the impact of aggregate flows of people on sustainability; the individual level lifecourse dimensions of sustainability; and the governance of migration and sustainability. The research will develop a  comprehensive migration-sustainability model , and develop insight on  sustainability strategies at local, national and international scales.

It will build the global capacity of social science to explain and engage with migration dimensions of the sustainability challenge. The research involves an experienced consortium of social scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, building on high-level methodological innovation and ongoing deep collaboration experience among them. The research design involves modeling, observations and action research at global scales and in research sites representing the full range of so-called migration transitions. The outcome will be progressing in the field of sustainability and workable sustainability strategies.

The Hugo Observatory (University of Liège), the University of Exeter (Consortium Lead), the University of Amsterdam, Lund University, Clark University, the University of Ghana, the University of Dhaka and Eduardo Mondlane University have come together to  work on this project. 

The grant was awarded by NORFACE and the Belmont Forum as part of the "Transformation to Sustainability" (T2S) program. 


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