Knowing Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change. The Self-Perpetuating Circle of Research, Policy, and Knowledge Production

Type

Journal Article

Author(s)

Nash, S. L.

Title

Knowing Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change. The Self-Perpetuating Circle of Research, Policy, and Knowledge Production

Year

2018

Journal

movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies

Vol (No), pp

4(1)

Abstract

A self-perpetuating circle of research, policy, and knowledge production has emerged around human mobility in the context of climate change, spurred on by a seemingly unquenchable thirst for knowledge. This article interrogates this circle, and the group of actors at its centre, through the lens of power-knowledge relations. The analysis interrogates the boundaries of the thinkable, the limits of how it is legitimate to know human mobility in the context of climate change. Four sets of boundaries feature: the presentation of the issue as a problem requiring technical solutions; the validation of particular elite spaces as sites of research, policy, and knowledge production; the admission of certain actors to these spaces; and the terms in which it is possible to talk about the issues. These boundaries are drawn around one particular knowledge created by an elite epistemic community at the expense of others that are not granted the same legitimacy. This knowledge is often employed (by its creators and by others) to make and support calls for increased migration control, as such potentially concretely effecting the lives of people on the move. This article therefore argues for breaking the self-perpetuating circle of research, policy, and knowledge production. This critique is not only important for understanding how we know human mobility in the context of climate change but for pushing the boundaries of the thinkable.

Citation

Nash, S. L. (2018). “Knowing Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change. The Self-Perpetuating Circle of Research, Policy, and Knowledge Production.” movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies 4(1).
URL : https://movements-journal.org/issues/06.wissen/04.nash–knowing-human-mobility-in-the-context-of-climate-change-the-self-perpetuating-circle-of-research-policy-and-knowledge-production.html