Research Area:

Multi-sited Research

#Research Project

Social Practices & Translocal Resilience: International Migration Between Thailand, Singapore, and Germany

 (Sub-Project of the Trans|Re Project)

Funded by: BMBF, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Principal Investigators: Prof. Patrick Sakdapolrak;
Project Coordinator: Harald Sterly
Sub-project lead: Simon A. Peth
Project Period: 2013–2018


This project on Social Practices and Translocal Resilience of transmigrants was a sub-project embedded in the TransRe Project wich was based at the University of Bonn. This sub-project seeks to understand the impacts of migration from rural Thailand on the resilience of migrants’ households and villages of origin to risks related to environmental change. Modes of dealing with such changes are influenced by translocal ties. The guiding questions were: How is translocality produced? Which links are produced, staying in contact with family members, transmitting social and financial remittances for instance? Between whom and under which circumstances do these translocal links emerge? In what sense does translocality influence how people handle impacts of environmental change in rural areas?

The overarching TransRe project scrutinized the environment-migration nexus. It starts from the assumption that, regardless of the accuracy of the projections of future environmental changes, migration is already occurring and will continue to be a major dynamic of global change. Migration is connecting people, transforming places, and facilitating flows of knowledge and resources, and thus creating networked and interconnected translocal spaces. Through this intensifying translocal connectedness, the ability of households and communities to respond to climatic risks and sustain their livelihoods and well-being – that is, their social resilience – has the potential to be strengthened. Our project focuses on resource-dependent households and rural communities that are particularly vulnerable to climate-related risks. We seek to decipher the relations between migration, translocality and social resilience to climate change. Our research design follows place-based as well as multi-sited fieldwork approaches and seeks to generate empirical evidence based on case studies carried out in Thailand and in the places of destination of migrants.

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