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David Durand-Delacre

PhD candidate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge


I am a 1st year PhD candidate in the Cambridge Department of Geography. I hold an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BSc Environmental Geography from University College London (UCL). My PhD project, supervised by Professor Mike Hulme, will explore the varied conceptualisations of climate-induced migration in contemporary French political discourse. I am also interested in migrant knowledges and experiences of climate as a driver of migration. That is: whether and how migrants see a role for climate change in their decision to move; as well as how their relationship to climate may evolve through mobility and through encounters with emerging discourses about "climate refugees". Empirically, the project focuses on migration between Francophone West Africa and France. It will involve interviews with, on the one hand, French policy-makers, NGO, media and academic actors, and on the other, migrants, would-be migrants in and people who have chosen not to migrate .


For three years prior to starting my PhD, I volunteered for the Paris-based NGO Réfugiés Bienvenue (, acting as its President between April 2017 and September 2018. The organisation's primary activity is to find and organise housing for homeless asylum seekers in private peoples' homes in the Parisian region. I am still involved with the NGO today, including with the European-level network of Refugees Welcome organisations.

Research Interests

  • The relationship between climate (change) and human mobility
  • Discourses of "climate-induced migration"
  • Migrant knowledges and experiences of climate 
  • Postcolonial relations between West Africa and France