Data and research on human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation: Where are we and what comes next?

Nov 24, 2020

The Data Knowlege Working Group (DKWG) of the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) will host a virtual marketplace event on 24 November 2020 during which members of the Advisory Committee of the PDD will present their work related to data and knowledge on human mobility in the context of disasters, climate change and environmental degradation. It will give the opportunity to take stock of progress and achievements, facilitate knowledge exchange, and continue promoting the work around data and knowledge, and to discuss continuing gaps and challenges. The DKWG is co-chaired by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). 

The event will take the form of three different virtual sessions (one in the morning and two in the afternoon [Geneva time]). Attendance and participation to the marketplace is open to everyone bu registration in advance is required. The meeting will take place in a virtual environment and access instructions will be provided to participants along with their registration.


09:00-10:30 (CET) - Session 1 - Watch the session recording

  • Daniel Salmon, DTM/IOM Vanuatu - "Pacific Response to Disaster Displacement: Supporting Data Drive Humanitarian Responses in Vanuatu Following TC Harold"
  • Caroline Zickgraf, Hugo Observatory - "The Habitable Project: Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points"
  • Susanne Melde, GMDAC/IOM - "Regional Dialogue to Address Human Mobility and Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Carribean"
  • John Marazita, University of Geneva - "Compounding Displacement: the Tropical Storm-King Tide Nexus"

Group Discussion moderated by Bina Desai, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)

14:00-15:30 (CET) - Session 2 - Watch the session recording

  • Julia Blocher and Kira Vinke, PIK - "Home Lands: Island and Archipelagic States' Policymaking for Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change"
  • Susana Adamo, CIESIN - "Migration, the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate in Central America's Northern Triangle"
  • Ezekiel Simperingham, IFRC - "Forecast-Based Financing and Disaster Displacement: Acting Early to Minimize the Risks of Displacement"
  • Damien Jusselme, DTM/IOM RO Dakar - "The IOM's Transhumance Tracking Tool"
  • Sylvain Ponserre, IDMC - "Estimating the Disaster Displacement Stock"

Group Discussion moderated by Muhammad Rizki, DTM/IOM

16:00-17:30 (CET) - Session 3 - Watch the session recording

  • Andrew Harper and Eric Bonet, UNHCR - "Sahel Predictive Analytics"
  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank - "The Groundswell Model Version 2: Enhancements for Recent Work in Africa"
  • Alex de Sherbinin, CIESIN - "Novel and Big Data Approaches to Identifying Disaster Displacement"
  • Robin Bronen, AIJ - "Decolonizing Data Collection and Research"
  • Sanjula Weerasinghe, Georgetown University, and Erica Bower, Stanford University - "Improving the Evidence Base on Planned Relocation"

Group Discussion moderated by Atle Solberg, PDD Secretariat 

More information on the event: Concept Note and the Programme.


Alice Baillat, PDD Liaison Officer and MECC Associate Expert, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (MECC) Division, IOM Headquarters, Geneva 


Event Type: 
Other IOM Event