Video: Alexander Betts Interview – Climate change, state fragility & refugees (Climate Talks Ep 1)

Last week I spoke on zoom with Oxford Professor Alexander Betts about how the UNHCR and the global refugee system can adapt to incorporate the realities of climate migrations and state fragility, which are currently two of the biggest drivers of displacement. We also discussed his book, Survival Migration, and the impacts of Covid-19 on […]

Abstract nakedness: how the media’s symbolic power magnifies and creates protracted humanitarian crises

“The survivors of the extermination camps, the inmates of concentration camps, and even the comparatively happy stateless people could see […] that the abstract nakedness of being nothing but human was their greatest danger” (Hannah Arendt, 1958) Pierre Bourdieu (1986) coined the term symbolic power to refer to the ideological power wielded by the hegemonic […]

Climate Change Will Drive the Largest Refugee Crisis in History

Watch the video analysis here: When the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended, the world held its breath in anticipation as humanity entered a new era that promised a peace we had not known in history. Francis Fukuyama named this period “the end of history”. The end of a history of war, inequality, […]

Fast Fashion: Blood Garments and Climate Change

In 2013, the Bangladeshi factory of Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,134 textile workers who had begged not to be sent inside. The day before, the workers had spotted large cracks growing like vines up the building’s walls. They had reported it to management. But the high time pressures in the fashion supply chain would not […]