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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.

Program attendance and registration is by invite only. To inquire about attending, please contact us at climatemigration@duke.edu.

Conference Schedule

Explore the sessions below to learn more about Duke University’s full-day Conference on Climate Change & Migration.

Conference doors will open at 8:00am and the program will officially begin at 8:30am with remarks from Prof. Sarah Bermeo (Duke University) and Prof. Kerilyn Schewel (Duke University).

Light breakfast will be for all conference attendees.


  • Brian McAdoo, (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University)


  • Sveta Milusheva (Development Impact Evaluation Department, World Bank)
  • Laura Schewel (Streetlight Data)
  • Alex de Sherbinin (Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia Climate School; NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center)


  • David Cronin (Catholic Relief Services)


  • Elizabeth Ferris (Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University)
  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud (World Bank)
  • David Leblang (Department of Politics and Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia)
  • Gabriela Nagle Alverio (Law School and University Program in Environmental Policy, Duke University)
  • Erika Weinthal (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University)

Conference lunch will be catered on-site and conference attendees will have the opportunity to network with eachother.

Conference attendees will hear from Dr. Çaglar Özden, the Co-Director of the 2023 World Development Report on International Migration.


  • Irasema Infante Barbosa (Inter-American Development Bank)


  • Sarah Bermeo (Sanford School of Public Policy and Program on Climate-Related Migration, Duke University)
  • Dakota Fisher (FEMA)
  • Lawrence Huang (Migration Policy Institute)
  • Limon B. Rodriguez (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University)


  • Dara Lind (American Immigration  Council)


  • Elizabeth Keyes (University of Baltimore, School of Law )
  • Kerilyn Schewel (Duke Center for International Development and Program on Climate-Related Migration, Duke University)
  • Rachel Schmidtke (Refugees International)
  • Theresa Cardinal Brown (Bipartisan Policy Center) 

Following the final program panel, panelists and conference attendees are welcome to a reception to network and discuss the conference’s panels.


Refreshments will be served.

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 Keynote Speaker

Çağlar Özden is co-director of the World Development Report 2023 – Migrants, Refugees and Societies, and a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. A Turkish national and a professional migrant, Çağlar received his undergraduate degrees in economics and industrial engineering from Cornell University and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He is a fellow of IZA, CreAM and ERF. He has edited three books and published numerous papers in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Economic Journal. He is the lead author of the recent flagship report Moving for Prosperity: Global Migration and Labor Markets. His current research projects explore the determinants and patterns of global labor mobility, impacts of migrants on the destination labor market outcomes, linkages between migration, trade, and foreign direct investment flows.


Panel Topic Submission Deadline: Panel Topics Selected

Registration Deadline (Invite Only): April 14, 2023

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. 

Note: This event is currently in-person only. Attendance is by invite only.


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.

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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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