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Program on Climate-Related Migration

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Duke University’s Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) serves as a cross-disciplinary platform that brings together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to look more deeply into the interconnected nature of climate change and global migration. With ongoing research projects around the world, we strive to include findings from both the social and natural sciences.

PCRM pillars are rigorous research, public engagement, student initiatives, and policy impact.


The goal of the Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) is to contribute to a global response to the intersection of climate change and migration that improves the ability of people to adapt in place where possible, increases the opportunities to move with dignity when necessary, and enhances the resilience of destination communities to promote better lives and livelihoods for established populations and migrant arrivals. We do this by fostering rigorous, transdisciplinary research that advances knowledge and can enhance policy, promote student learning, and inform the public on multiple facets of the relationship between anthropogenic climate change and human mobility.


Sarah Bermeo is an associate professor of public policy in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research lies at the intersection of international relations and development, with a particular focus on relations between industrialized and developing countries.


Kerilyn Schewel is a lecturing fellow in the Duke Center for International Development. Her research examines the root causes of human migration and immobility, with an emphasis on the themes of gender, youth, rural development and climate change.

Program Directors Kerilyn Schewel and Sarah Bermeo.

PCRM co-directors Kerilyn Schewel (left) and Sarah Bermeo (right).


The PCRM is supported through the generosity of Duke University’s Office of the Provost and Office for Global Affairs.

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