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Carol Farbotko is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, and is also an Adjunct Researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, where she completed her PhD in 2008. Her research focuses on climate change adaptation and mobility, largely drawing on empirical work with communities, practitioners, and policymakers in the Pacific Islands region. Her work has been published widely, including in Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, and The Conversation.
The link between climate change and migration is a complex one. Whether individuals move or stay in place can be voluntary or involuntary, a proactive strategy or last resort, and is part of a bigger story of global mobility and personal networks. This report examines this complicated relationship, highlights limitations of climate response measures to date, and presents an alternative, flexible approach based on the involvement of affected communities.