The TransRe project offers an innovative approach at how to look at the nexus between migration and climate change. It is a research-based project which started in 2013 through the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project is led by a team of researchers from the University of Bonn and the University of Vienna. Raks Thai has collaborated with the research team to bridge the gap between research and implementation in Thailand.
The starting point is that regardless of the accuracy of the projections of future environmental changes, migration is already occurring and will continue to be a major dynamic of global change. On the one hand, migration is intensifying translocal connectedness, including flows of knowledge and resources. On the other hand, the ability of households and communities to respond to climatic risks and sustain their livelihoods and well-being – that is, their social resilience – has the potential to be strengthened
The focus of the TransRe project is on channeling research for increasing resilience of rural communities that are vulnerable to climate-related risk. The objective is to understand the relations between migration, translocality and social resilience to climate change. The TransRe is a research-based project, whose design follows place-based as well as multi-sited fieldwork approaches and seeks to generate empirical evidence based on case studies carried out in Thailand and in the places of destination of migrants. The research focuses on the following areas:
- Risks, Livelihoods & Vulnerability
- Social Practices of Translocality
- Social Networks & Translocal Resilience
- Governing Translocal Social Resilience