Successful intervention pathways for migration as adaptation (SUCCESS)

2023 - 2026

Project status: Ongoing

Funded by: Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (UK) and the International Development Research Centre (Canada) under the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) programme

Migration is a critical adaptation strategy in response to climate change globally. The SUCCESS 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 in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal in South Asia, which either facilitate migration as an adaptation strategy or impact mobility. We bring together concepts of wellbeing, adaptive capacity, and precarity to understand what successful migration adaptation looks like for populations undergoing planned relocation, those who are immobile or left behind in rural locations, and migrants in urban areas. The project covers diverse environments such as mountains, coastlines, drylands, and urban areas.

Our goal 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 such as planned relocation, support for immobile and left-behind populations, and the 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 leading researchers from University of Exeter (UK), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Nepal), Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (Bangladesh) and Royal Thimpu College (Bhutan).


Dr Mark Tebboth, Principal Investigator

Prof. Nitya Rao, Co-Investigator

Reetika Revathy Subramanian, Senior Research Associate

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