Dr Maxmillan Martin

Post:Honorary Research Fellow (School of Global Studies)
Other posts:Associate Tutor (Geography)
Location:CHICHESTER 1 CI143

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877462
International:+44 1273 877462
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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.


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

MSt (Forced Migration) - University of Oxford

PhD (Geography) - University of Sussex 2016


Research Associate, Forecasting with Fishers (Since 2017) - This multi-disciplinary project contributes to make South Indian artisanal fishers’ livelihoods more secure and sustainable by improving safety at sea. Its main objective  is to close the gap between what marine weather forecasters produce and disseminate, and what artisanal fishers recognise as relevant and actionable inputs for decision-making.  

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

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)