Maxmillan Martin
Research Fellow (Anthropology)
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Research

My recent doctoral research (Supervisors: Prof Richard Black, Prof Dominic Kniveton) probed how changing enviornment and hazard patterns influence migration decisions of villagers in Bangladesh.  Set mainly in the coastal and delta context, it tested to what extent climatic stresses and shocks and risk perceptions influence migration decisions. 

It drew from my colleagues' work on related themes, especially in Burkina Faso and elsewhere in West Africa. My colleagues have also worked on this topic in Galvanston (Texas, USA), Mekon Delta, and the Himalayas.

I am part of an international team that looks at disaster risk reduction and humanitatiran challenges in a changing climate (Humpol). My role involved coordinating interviews in Bangladesh, learning how people rebuilt assets and livelihoods after the 2009 Cyclone Aila. Currently I am writing three journal articles based on the findings of the project, along with colleagues at the Institute of Development Studies, UK, Vanderbilt University, USA, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technoloygy, Germany. 

My research interests also include cultural dimensions of risk perceptions, and communication on weather, climate, hazard risks and emergencies.