Environmental Refugees: Climate, Health, and Livelihood in the Indian Ocean World

University of Sussex


The livelihood of coastal communities is at risk as climate change events accelerate natural disasters such as tropical cyclones, and growing inequalities and displacement are pushing vulnerable littoral populations to migrate to cities and rural hinterlands in South Asia and East Africa. Our planned program seeks to advance the under researched field of climate change, livelihood, migration and health issues in the Indian Ocean littoral by mapping the subjective experiences of migrant families, and highlighting the wealth of community coping strategies that exists within supposedly vulnerable communities focusing on case studies in India, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Research Team

Principal Investigators

Debojyoti Das

Lecturer and Global Research Associate School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, UK

Simi Mehta

CEO and Editorial Director, Impact and Policy Research Institute

Stephen O Maluka

Associate Professor of Public Health, Dar es Salaam University College of Education


Bina Sengar

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Maratwara University

Shababa Haque

Program Officer, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD)

Almas Mazigo

Assistant Professor, University of Dar es Salaam

Victoria Makulilo

Lecturer-DUCE, Political and Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam

Daniel Zacarias

Lecturer, Eduardo Mondlane University

Upasona Ghosh

Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Indian Institute of Public Health

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