Ongoing Research

Climate Migration and Labour in Bangladesh

Researcher/s:

Plowman, A.

Research Start Date:

August 2014

Expected Completion Date:

January 2015

As a Masters candidate (MSc in Human Ecology: Culture, Power and Sustainability) at Lund University, Sweden, I am currently based in Dhaka for the practicum portion of my degree. Working with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the research I conduct while in Bangladesh will contribute to my Masters thesis.

My research focuses on the intersection of climate vulnerability and labour issues. Bangladesh is at the centre of global attention on both these fronts, and it is becoming increasingly important to understand the way climate change, labour and industry interact. When people decide to migrate from rural to urban areas due to climate related environmental stressors, how do their actions influence industry in urban areas? In turn, how does urban industry impact climate migrants? From my research so far, I expect to find a correlation between people who find themselves vulnerable to climate change and those who find themselves vulnerable to poor workplace health and safety regulations. I hope to investigate this further by talking to survivors of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse, and understanding the way they feel climate change relates to their lives.

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