Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja (2020, June). No power without knowledge: A discursive subjectivities approach to investigate climate-induced (im)mobility and wellbeing. Social Sciences, 9(6), art. 103. 15 pp. (doi: 10.3390/socsci9060103) (Link: https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9060103)

Abstract: During the last few decades we have seen a rapid growth in the body of literature on climate-induced human mobility or environmental migration. Meanwhile, in-depth people-centred studies investigating people’s (im)mobility decision-making as a highly complex and sociopsychological process are scarce. This is problematic as human decision-making behaviour and responses—including their success or failure—closely align with people’s wellbeing status. In this article, elaborations around why these under-representations of research narratives and existing methods will guide us towards a solution. The article proposes a conceptual model to help fill this gap that is inspired by Michel Foucault’s power and knowledge relationship and discursive subjectivities. The conceptual idea introduced by the article offers as a replicable approach and potential way forward that can support widening empirical research in the area of climate-induced (im)mobility decision-making and wellbeing.

Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson <s.ayeb-karlsson@sussex.ac.uk> is with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Sussex, UK; and the Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Bonn, Germany.