Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Suzanne Simon


This Independent Practitioner Inquiry Capstone is intended to explore the potential relationship between climate-induced migrant communities and socio-environmental entrepreneurship. The challenges that face this demographic of displaced persons are wide ranging, they are social, cultural, economic and physical. Fewer communities are able to sustain living in their geographical location because of environmental degradation and are increasingly looking towards migration as an adaptive strategy for survival. A lot of ambiguity continues to plague the phenomena of Climate-Induced Migration. As such, there is a lack of constructive dialogue within the international community, regarding policies and laws, and how to effectively develop frameworks and guidelines focused on providing the necessary aid to the migrating populations. While the world’s governments continue to debate about who is responsible for the degradation of the environment, these communities need to take immediate action. For some, action involves planned migration and relocation, while others are work relentlessly to build local capacities to stay where they are-though that option is becoming increasingly expensive and indefinite. This paper explores four case studies of affected communities and proposes to explore socio-environmental entrepreneurship as an approach to enhance the communities’ capacities to keep them culturally connected to their heritage, to build social cohesion amongst host communities when necessary, and help them maintain as much independence as possible from unreliable government and international aid.


Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Place and Environment | Politics and Social Change | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Sociology

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