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Climate & Migration Conference

Duke University’s Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) is glad to announce that the 2023 Conference on Climate Change & Migration will take place on April 21, 2023 in Washington, DC.

Conference Overview

Hosted by Duke University’s Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM), the 2023 Conference on Climate-Related Migration aims to bring together researchers, policymakers, sector experts, donors, NGOs, and other stakeholders to address the intersection between climate change and migration. This unique, day-long opportunity allows experts to hear the latest on a range of topics that will influence the future of migration in the context of climate change.

Registration for this year’s conference will open in February 2023 and space is limited.

Call for Panel Topics

Duke’s Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) is accepting submissions from Duke researchers to participate in a one-day conference at Duke in D.C. on April 21, 2023. This unique event will include four panels and bring together a transdisciplinary group of Duke scholars as well as D.C.-based stakeholders from other academic institutions, the policy community, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, and other relevant groups.

To suggest a panel topic please use the following guidelines:

  • Proposed research topics can focus on any area that is relevant to climate-related migration, even if the Duke team is not explicitly examining the nexus between climate change and migration. However, the relevance for climate-related migration should be made explicit in the submission. 
  • Successful submissions will include a Duke researcher/team and will identify D.C.-based potential panelists, including some from non-academic institutions. The PCRM team can help with finding moderators and/or additional D.C.-based panelists if needed.
  • Panels will include approximately 4 presenters (including the Duke team) and a moderator. The relevance for climate-related migration should be made explicit in the submission.
  • Panels will be approximately 90 minutes each, with 12-15 minutes for each presenter and time for audience discussion.
  • Panels that focus on presenting findings from research are encouraged, but should be done for a broad audience – focusing on findings and importance rather than methodological detail (which can be covered in Q&A).
  • Invitees for the audience will include U.S. government agencies, Congressional staffers, NGOs, foundations, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and universities in the Washington, DC area.


For Individual Presenters

If you have policy-relevant findings to present to a broad audience, please consider submitting even if you do not have a full set of panelists.

Panel Funding

  • Funding for transportation and accommodations will be provided for Duke researchers (up to 2 per selected team).
  • Funding is not available to cover travel for non-Duke panelists.
  • Meals will be provided for all attendees.  

Panel Submissions

(Duke Faculty, Researchers, & PhD Students Only)

Submission Deadline: Rolling submissions with priority deadline of February 1, 2023

Topic Selection: Beginning February 10, 2023

Conference Details & Logistics

Learn more details about Duke University’s Conference on Climate & Migration and join us this April in Washington, DC. Please e-mail any questions to climatemigration@duke.edu.

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Panel Topic Submission Deadline: Rolling submissions with priority deadline of February 1, 2023

Registration Deadline: TBD

Program Date: April 21, 2023


The conference will be held in Washington DC at the Duke in DC office on 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Duke University’s Washington DC office is located in the heart of the city.


Email the PCRM Team at climatemigration@duke.edu

Conference Highlights

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Read about the launch of Duke University’s Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) and an exciting, inter-disciplinary discussion between four Duke researchers on the  challenges climate change poses to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

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In Interview with United States Institute for Peace, Sarah Bermeo discusses how looming climate challenges are exacerbating the region’s struggles with poverty and insecurity, leaving many with no choice but to migrate.

Migration Summer Workshop

Experts from around the world joined PCRM co-directors for the Rural Development & Capability to Stay Summer Workshop funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).


In an article with Brookings, PCRM co-director, Sarah Bermeo, shared her thoughts on the nexus between climate migration and climate finance and lessons from the region can inform broader debates and policy responses.

Funding Acknowledgement

The Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration is supported through the generosity of Duke University’s Office of the Provost and Office for Global Affairs.

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