Gender, Migration and (Global) Environmental Change


Gioli, Giovanna, and Andrea Milan. 2018. “Gender, Migration and (Global) Environmental Change.” In Routledge Handbook of Environmental Displacement and Migration, edited by Robert McLeman and François Gemenne, 135-50. New York: Routledge. 

Authors: Giovanna Gioli, Andrea Milan


Gender is an organizing principle in migration, yet relatively few theoretical and empirical studies on migration and environmental change integrate a gender perspective. This chapter provides an overview of existing literature analysing the migration and environmental change nexus from a gender lens, whilst highlighting progress in related areas of study such as gender and migration, gender and environmental hazards/climate change, and gender and development. Following an approach proposed by Hunter and David (2009), the authors present two pathways through which impacts of environmental change on human mobility can be analysed from a gender perspective: increases in severity and/or frequency of extreme weather events and shifts in proximate natural resources and agricultural potential. The chapter then delves into the ‘developmentalisation’ of the scholarly debate on migration and climate change adaptation; that is, the replication within this strand of literature of themes that characterize the broader ‘migration and development’ scholarship, and its gendered implications. In the last part, the authors present concrete steps for future research to integrate a gender perspective into theoretical and empirical work on migration and environmental change. The chapter concludes that the next generation of research must integrate a strong relational gender perspective, and harvest the benefit of more contamination across discipline and inter-disciplinary research.

Topics: Agriculture, Development, Displacement & Migration, Migration, Environment, Climate Change, Gender

Year: 2018

© 2023 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at