Department of Geography

Mr Maxmillan Martin

Post:Associate Tutor (Geography)
Other posts:IDS casual (Institute of Development Studies, International Development)
Location:CHICHESTER 1 CI143
Email:Max.Martin@sussex.ac.uk

Telephone numbers
Internal:7462
UK:01273 877462
International:+44 1273 877462
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Biography

My recently finished doctoral work builds on the research of my department colleagues on people making migration decisions in the face of changing climate, environment and hazard patterns. It also draws from my work in the media and with humanitarian groups. 

Thesis: Moving from the margins: migration decisions amidst climate- and environment related hazards in Bangladesh

 

The thesis probed to what extent climate- and environment-related hazards - such as floods, storms and riverbank erosion - influence decisions of villagers in Bangladesh to stay or move out of their place. I find that such hazards need not necessarily make people move out; and it is not necessarily hazards that  make them move. People migrate - largely within the country - for a variety of reasons, mostly to earn a better income.

 

So it is not only movement that matters, but also lack of it. The rationale is that if people are unable or unwilling to move out of a hazard-prone place they might remain vulnerable to future disasters - trapped, in a sense.  I argue that as migration is largely within Bangladesh, it is good to allow people to move out, to escape disasters and earn more money,  and come back, as such movement is an essential part of adaptation to climate change.

 

Community and Business

Radio Monsoon (radiomonsoon.in  |  facebook.com/radiomonsoon)

Sussex Innovation funded this marine weather forecast service experiment for fishers in Thiruvananthapuram, South India.  It involves sharing forecast information and feedback based on traditional knowledge between scientists and small boat fishers.  After a successful pilot we are expecting to continue this service this monsoon season.

Qualifications

BSc (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry)  - University of Kerala

MSt (Forced Migration) - University of Oxford

PhD (Geography) - University of Sussex 2016

Activities

Research Associate, Climate Change and Migration in Bangladesh — a CDKN-funded joint project of the University of Sussex and Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Dhaka  (2012-2014)

Research Officer, Humanitarian Policy in a Changing Climate (Humpol) Institute of Development Studies, (2015- 2016)