2019 Global Shifts Colloquium Report and Thought Pieces

In April, Perry World House brought experts from around the world to Penn's campus, for our 2019 Global Shifts Colloquium: A Changing Climate, A Changing World. It addressed the implications of climate change for cities and other places people live, as well as city- and community-led climate action.

Colloquium Report

The 2019 Global Shifts Colloquium Report synthesizes the conversations that took place over the two days of the Colloquium. It expands on the issues and insights highlighted in these discussions, and raises open questions for researchers and policymakers to pursue in order to meet the complex challenges and policy demands of climate change. 

Thought Pieces

Click the links below to read thought pieces from scholars and policy experts who attended the Colloquium to exchange ideas on this crucial topic.

Panel 1: Climate-Induced Changes to Human Geography and Migration

'Climate Refugees' and International Law: Addressing the Protection Gap Within a Framework of Human Rights by Sumudu Atapattu, Director of Research Centers and Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School

'Not my Mother's Driver': Context and the Climate Driver by Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

How Climate-Related Tipping Points can Trigger Mass Migration and Social Chaos by François Gemenne, Director, Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège

Securing the Homeland When New Homes are Needed: Climate Change Migration, Displacement, and Relocation in U.S. Cities by Victoria Herrmann, President and Managing Director, the Arctic Institute; Adjunct Instructor, American University 

Climate Change and Human Mobility: An Overview of Patterns and Climate Policy by Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Director, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Koko Warner, Manager, Impacts, Vulnerability, and Risks Programme, UNFCCC

Panel 2: Climate-Driven Urbanization and City Climate Adaptation

Climate-Driven Urbanisation and City Climate Adaptation by Deborah Balk, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

How Rapidly Expanding Cities in Developing Countries Can Attract Necessary Infrastructure Investment in the Face of Changing Climate by Marc Forni, Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

Destination Duluth: Competitive Economic Development in the Age of Climigration by Jesse Keenan, Lecturer in Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Center for the Environment

Beyond the Large Cities: Small Towns, Urbanisation and Climate Adaptation by Cecilia Tacoli, Principal Researcher, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development

Urban Refuge: The Messy Reality of Urban Migration and How We Can Work Together to Build Inclusive Communities by Samer Saliba, Urban Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee

Panel 3: Cities at the Vanguard:  Community-Led Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Cities at the Vanguard: Community-Led Climate Action and Sustainable Development by Andrea J. Nightingale, Professor of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Thinking about Sustainable Cities by Steven Cohen, Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Early Adopters in Confronting Climate: Cities by Cornelia Colijn, Executive Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Cities at the Vanguard: Taking Responsibility for Sustainable Development by Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institute 


Inaugural Director William Burke-White on the Spring 2019 Colloquium


Global Shifts Program Manager Jocelyn Perry on Spring 2019 Colloquium
Responses to Climate Change with our Spring 2019 Colloquium Speakers and Participants