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Robert McLeman is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. A former diplomat, Dr. McLeman is a leading researcher in the field of environment and migration. His publications on the subject include more than two dozen peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles, three edited books, and the leading textbook in the field, Climate and Human Migration: Past Experiences, Future Challenges (Cambridge University Press).
Dr. McLeman has advised government agencies in Canada, the United States, and Europe on policy matters related to climate and migration, as well as the World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and several UN agencies. He is also a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report.
Climate change is likely to increase the intensity of extreme-weather events already shaping human mobility and displacement. The nature, scale, and direction of future climate-related migration will depend on many factors. This report takes stock of the influence that different combinations of migration, development, and climate policies could have on migration in regions around the world for the 2020-2050 and 2050-2100 periods, using a first-of-its-kind systematic exercise.