PERN Cyberseminar on “The habitability concept in the field of population-environment studies: relevance and research implications."

A PERN Cyberseminar on “The habitability concept in the field of population-environment studies: relevance and research implications” will take place from 13-17 March 2023.

Organizers : Marion Borderon, Harald Sterly, Patrick Sakdapolrak, Francois Gemenne, Caroline Zickgraf, Alex de Sherbinin, Susana Adamo, Radley Horton


Co-Sponsor : HABITABLE Project, Columbia Climate School: Managed Retreat Conference Series


This seminar will engage in a discussion on the relevance of the concept of habitability, its use in the field of population-environment research and its theoretical and practical implications. The cyberseminar will address the following questions:


  • Do we need a new concept that brings together environmental and social realities and their co-evolutions? What is the added value of researching the population-environment interaction through the lens of habitability?
  • Defining habitability means being able to measure habitability thresholds and tipping points: Are we equipped to do this? What does it imply empirically to study the habitability of a place or a Socio-ecological System? Can we establish thresholds that underline that the system under study is or will no longer be habitable?
  • How do we take into consideration teleconnections and place connectivities when defining and measuring habitability (and avoid similar shortcomings to that of the notion of carrying capacity)? How to make use of existing research on trajectories of livelihoods, populations and places?
  • Are social tipping points real, and if so, how do we go about identifying when they are happening?
  • What are the implications of habitability for human mobility?
  • Would conceptualisation and operationalising habitability contribute to research on catastrophic scenarios, adaptation limits and existential risks?


The Climate Mobility Section of Frontiers in Climate is pleased to announce a special issue ("Research Topic") on methodological advances in climate mobility modeling. The goal of this Research Topic is to advance the state of the art on climate mobility modeling through the description of modeling data inputs, methods and results. It is hoped that by exploring multiple modeling approaches, modelers will learn from one another, and non-modelers will better understand the complexities of the socio-ecological processes related to this issue. The focus is both on modeling approaches that seek to understand the contributions of climate and other variables to explaining past mobility as well as future-oriented projections.


Topic Editors:  Andrea Milan (International Organisation for Migration), Gabriele Standardi (Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change), and Michal Burzynski (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research)


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