FeStay: Why Women Stay Despite Environmental Risk

Project Mission

FeStay Research Focus

More than 85 percent of people at risk do not migrate despite being frequently affected by hazardous events, and the number is even higher for women. A mounting body of literature finds complex, context-dependent relationships between (non-)migration and environmental risk and examines how households may use (non-)migration as an adaptive strategy. However, one understudied dimension of the relationship between environmental risk and (non-)migration is gender. Knowledge regarding how people respond to livelihood threats – either migrating or staying – within a particular environment is often handed down through generations. Likewise, attitudes towards gender roles are also intergenerational. Thus, how female (non-)migration evolves in the face of environmental risk remains a significant knowledge gap.

FeStay has been designed to address this gap through the innovative use of an empirically comparative approach across communities in Bangladesh. It examines:

  1. The historical dimensions of environmental risk related to female non-migration.
  2. The role of intergenerational experience and knowledge of female non-migrants in climate adaptation.

Increased knowledge about such intergenerational dynamics and interlinkages between environmental (non-)migration and gender will support locally-driven action plans.