Climate Change Local Adaptation Pathways (CLAPS)


Project status: Ongoing

Funded by: UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Migration is a critical adaptation strategy in response to climate change globally. The CLAPS project aims to advance our understanding of adaptations involving migration, mobility, and immobility and to foster evidence-based narratives on migration’s role in adapting to climate risks.

The research collects data on the effectiveness of interventions along well-established migration corridors encompassing Odisha and Kochi and migration linked to the growing metropolitan region of Bengaluru, which either facilitate migration as an adaptation strategy or impact mobility. We bring together concepts of  well-being, adaptive capacity, and precarity to identify essential metrics for successful migration adaptations.

Our aim is to collaboratively develop a framework to identify which interventions are effective, for whom, and how they should be evaluated, aiming to support inclusive migration that contributes to climate-resilient development. We provide evidence-based best practice examples to address major challenges with a specific focus on integration of migrants in urban areas. Furthermore, the project enhances the ability of civil society organisations to discuss and advocate for inclusive and equitable migration as a means of adaptation, ensuring the preservation of the rights and dignity of affected populations.

The project is being undertaken in collaboration with research teams from University of Exeter (UK) and Indian Institute for Human Settlements, and civil society partners across India, including Centre for Migration and Inclusive Development (Kerala) and Gram Vikas (Odisha).


Dr Mark Tebboth, Principal Investigator

Prof. Nitya Rao, Co-Investigator

Reetika Revathy Subramanian, Senior Research Associate

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