The HABITABLE project – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration – will be centred around the notion of habitability, and will formulate a broader, interdisciplinary conceptualisation of what constitutes a social tipping point as an original way to analyse how environmental disruptions can potentially trigger major social changes.

HABITABLE contends that the habitability of a given place is hardly objective and cannot be determined by analyses of climate parameters alone. On the contrary, migration outcomes are strongly dependent upon individual and collective perceptions of changes and risks, as well as other mitigating factors of these changes – such as the resilience of the socio-ecological system and the adaptive strategies and capacity of populations in situ.

By analysing the effects of climate impacts on the system as a whole – including social, political, economic, environmental and demographic factors – and accounting for both objective and subjective dimensions, HABITABLE’s systemic approach will contribute to the design of appropriate and sustainable policy responses to the climate-migration nexus.

Building from this, an innovative contribution from HABITABLE is the consideration of the perceptions of affected populations – migrant and non-migrant – regarding the habitability of local areas and the perceived benefits of migration to better understand migration decisions.

The overall goal of HABITABLE is to investigate how and to what extent climate change affects the habitability of socio-ecological systems and transforms current and future migration patterns.


HABITABLE’s systemic approach will contribute to the design of appropriate and sustainable policy responses to the climate-migration nexus. (Image: The Hugo Observatory)

HABITABLE is funded by the European Commission H2020 and will be implemented by a diverse consortium associating 20 partners from different disciplines, coming from 17 countries across 3 continents. The consortium includes academic institutions, think tanks, NGOs and international organisations from Europe, West Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia.

SEI Asia leads WP8 on Gender and Social Equality

Key objective of WP8

Identify, analyse and mainstream the gendered and social equity dimensions of the climate-migration nexus in terms of theoretical framing, data collection and analysis, as well as research dissemination and policy engagement throughout the project

 Specific Objectives:

  • Ensure that gender and social equity considerations are adequately addressed across all other WPs of HABITABLE;
  • Advance knowledge on the gendered causes and impacts of migration in the context of climate and environmental change;
  • Identify or suggest effective, gender-sensitive policy measures to lessen impacts of environmental migration on the most vulnerable.