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David Durand-Delacre

PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge

I am a human geographer and critical migration researcher, currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge Geography Department. My research focuses on the idea of climate migration. I study how various constituencies - policymakers, academics, journalists, and others across civil society and government institutions - each understand climate migration in their own way. Different people and institutions often disagree about how valid the very idea of climate migration is. That is, how well it describes actually-occuring events and situations out in the world that we can then act on. They also offer very different visions of its political usefulness. Even if they share the same understanding of climate migration, different people may draw completely opposite conclusions as to what should be done. The often-debunked idea that millions will move across borders, for example, leads some to call for greater solidarity while others argue that borders should be closed for security reasons. I study these debates and many more related issues, paying close attention to how successful certain arguments are, and why, as well as how they evolve over time.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge


  • 2014 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Environment and Development
  • 2013 
    University College London, BSc Environmental Geography