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:
- The historical dimensions of environmental risk related to female non-migration.
- 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.