Climate and Migration

Climate and Migration

Photo credit: "Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan" by DFID - UK Department for International Development via flickr.

Summer Institute for k-12 Teachers

June 24 - 26, 2024

Migration is a core part of the human experience and one of our oldest tools to respond to environmental changes. But current news about both climate change and migration can be panic-inducing. This summer institute for k-12 teachers explores the intersection of climate and migration with realism rather than hysteria. We’ll explore past examples of climate-related migration, the nuanced relationship between climate and migration in the present, migration as depicted in the arts, and possible futures.

This institute is open to k-12 teachers across disciplines. 

This FREE program will take place in person. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 24 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

Professional development credit is available upon request during the registration process. Teachers who attend for credit will be expected to submit a lesson plan featuring material used in the program.

Photo Credit: DFID - UK Department for International Development, "Trees cocooned in spiders webs after flooding in Sindh, Pakistan," CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Monday, June 24

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and check-in

9:00 - 9:10 AM

Program Introduction

Shane Carter

9:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Climate and migration in human history

Shayla Monroe

12:15 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 4:00 PM

Climate-related migration basics in the modern world

Rwaida Gharib & Emily Pecore

Tuesday, June 25

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and check-in

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Climate and migration through the lens of art

Anneli Skaar on Nansen's Pastport

Amy Balkin on A People's Archive of Sinking and Melting

12:10 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 4:00 PM

Climate change, migration, and moving Indonesia's capital

Janet Hoskins on archipelagic thinking

Teraya Paramehta on responses in literature and the arts

Wednesday, June 26

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast and check-in

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Case studies about current work and better (potential) futures

Ana Sanchez-Bachman on work at the Mexican border and in Guatemala

Dora Rodriguez on work with Salvavision

12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 4:00 PM

Towards climate justice

Hossein Ayazi on transformative approaches to climate migration research and teaching

When & Where

Where: Where: The Institute is tentatively scheduled to be held In 371 Dwinelle Hall because ORIAS is in the process of moving to a new building.

When: See the agenda to the left for daily schedule information. Please arrive during the breakfast and check-in period or at breaks.

Registration: Register via this form. You will get an immediate notification that your information was submitted, followed by a confirmation.

Accessibility: This summer institute is being held in an accessible location. If you are a disabled person and need reasonable accommodations to participate they will be provided. Please contact Shane Carter at to make a request. Service Dogs are welcome.

Transit & Parking: UC Berkeley campus is served by several AC Transit bus lines and the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Please note that Dwinelle Hall is a 25-minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART. If you choose drive, you have downtown parking options and parking closer to campus.

Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley