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Climate Change, Displacement and Human Rights


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Course Title

Climate Change, Displacement & Human Rights

Course Description

This is a self-paced learning experience. You will be able to stop and start the module at your convenience.

In this module students will learn about the contemporary climate crisis and its impacts, the key issues and debates around development and displacement in the unfolding backdrop of climate change, and the significance of integrating a human rights approach to climate justice. The module frames climate action as a complex global process of negotiating competing priorities and underscores that the consequences of climate change itself as well as of nature of identifying solutions will continue to have serious implications for global and regional development, social justice and human rights.

Throughout this module, you will learn from working professionals who have contributed through video as well as authored the text. In addition to watching videos and reading text, you will interact with the content, in various ways, through sliders that reveal information as you move, hotspots on an image, a variety of question styles (both graded and ungraded), and more.

Duration to complete module: 4-6 hours approximately. If using a mobile device to review the module, use the browser on your device. Do not access through the Canvas app.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define climate change and explain the most pressing issues of our contemporary time.

  • Describe key international legal and policy frameworks in response to global climate change and identify the key issues of negotiation.

  • Explain the relationship between climate change and displacement; and review some of the approaches in addressing climate-induced displacement.

  • Appraise the incorporation of environmental justice framework and human rights approach within climate change response and action.

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Course Contributors 


Dr. Praveen Kumar
Assistant Professor

Dr. Praveen Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. His research examines issues on Environmental Justice and Clean Energy access, particularly among low-income households of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Key themes of his research are 1) characterization of interventions that reduce vulnerability to environmental risks; 2) impact and determinants of low-cost clean energy access in poor households; and 3) capacity building of vulnerable communities at risk to environmental changes. Click here for full biography.

Subject Expert

Dr. Nirali Joshi
Human Geography, Kings College London

Dr. Nirali Joshi is a human geographer with interest and expertise in political and sociological practices of commons, anthropological perspectives to development, urban infrastructure and provisioning, precarity and labour, and critical global health; and how climate change intersects all of these. She has practiced professionally in The Gambia and India as an architect, and subsequently as a consultant in research, studies and documentation with organizations such as Foundation for Ecological Security (FES), Concern Worldwide, Oxfam India and Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, TISS. Nirali also has wide-ranging teaching experience across the fields of Global Health and Social Medicine, International Development and Geography.