Samuel Lietaer

Samuel Lietaer
Université Libre de Bruxelles | ULB · Institute for Environmental Management and Land-use Planning (IGEAT)

Doctor - Social Environmental Science
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Introduction
Samuel is an environmental social scientist working on the subjective dimensions of human interactions with environmental change relating with mobility and migration. He focuses on marginal regions of low-income countries in SS Africa. He is currently working for the MIGRADAPT research project in Senegal to which he couples a PhD-thesis at SONYA (Research Center on Socio-Enviromental Dynamics, previously Centre d’Etudes du Développement Durable) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

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FRANCAIS: Le Sénégal fait partie des pays les moins avancés (PMA) fortement vulnérables aux changements environnementaux, dont les dérèglements climatiques, qui fragilisent davantage les conditions de vie de leurs populations et leurs écosystèmes. Depuis une dizaine d’années, des académiques, des praticiens du développement et des décideurs polit...
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Environmental migration is a growing concern of academics and policymakers, who foresee a rise in the number of such migrants. However, most prevailing academic and policy discourses ignore the variety of perceptions of environmental changes among people living in highly affected areas across the world. We examine the perceptions of environmental c...
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Academic and policy domains are increasingly constructing 'migration as adaptation' as a policy ideal against alarmist, security-oriented approaches to the climate-migration nexus. However, our knowledge of how development actors in national contexts view and use migration as adaptation in practice remains limited. Based on 90 interviews with devel...
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Cet article explore les perceptions sur les mobilités en lien avec les stratégies d’adaptation des ménages et des communautés d’origine dans trois régions du Sénégal affectées par des changements environnementaux : le Gandiolais, le bassin arachidier et le Fouta-Toro. Nous présentons d’abord les impacts des changements environnementaux majeurs qui...
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Policy recommendations for the MIGRADAPT-project, which is based on four-year qualitative translocal fieldwork evidence in Senegal and in Belgium.
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Présentation introductive des principales démarches de la recherche scientifiques en sciences sociales.
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Final report of the Belspo-BRAIN funded MIGRADAPT-project. Context Environmental changes are increasingly part of migration journeys, and count amongst the factors that call into question the distinction made between migrants and refugees. Additionally, in the international negotiations on climate change, migration is increasingly perceived as a p...
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It has become increasingly common to argue that climate change will lead to mass migrations. In this chapter, we examine the large numbers often invoked to underline alarming climate migration narratives. We outline the methodological limitations to their production. We argue for a greater diversity of knowledges about climate migration, rooted in...
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Although family physicians (FPs) are community-oriented primary care generalists and should be the entry point for the population’s interaction with the health system, they are underrepre-sented in research on the climate change, migration, and health(care) nexus (further referred to as the nexus). Similarly, FPs can provide valuable insights into...
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Octobre 2020-Samuel LIETAER MIGRADAPT est le premier projet de recherche transnational ayant pour but d'évaluer le rôle des perturbations environnementales dans les flux migratoires vers la Belgique. Il étudie des régions d'origine affectées par les questions environnementales et ayant de forts liens avec la Belgique, notamment à travers la présenc...
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MIGRADAPT is the first transnational research project aimed at assessing the role of environmental changes or disruptions in recent migration to Belgium. It studies areas of origin affected by environmental issues within countries that have strong historical ties and development partnerships with Belgium and an important diaspora in the country. In...
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Février 2020 - Samuel LIETAER (ULB) MIGRADAPT est un projet financé par BELSPO qui s'intéresse au rôle de l'environnement en tant que facteur de migration vers la Belgique et qui vise à comprendre dans quelle mesure les migrants originaires des trois pays d'étude (Sénégal, Maroc, République démocratique du Congo) peuvent soutenir l'adaptation et la...
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February 2020-Samuel LIETAER 1 MIGRADAPT is the first transnational research project aimed at assessing the role of environmental changes or disruptions in recent migration to Belgium. A BELSPO-funded project, it seeks to understand how migrants from three selected countries (Senegal, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo) can support the ad...
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Most households in Uganda depend on traditional use of wood fuels associated with huge environmental and health issues. Even with the future development of a sustainable national grid, small-scale solutions like efficient biomass stoves, biochar, and biogas installations will remain important. Despite the apparent benefits from clean cooking result...
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Hoe speelt de Senegalese diaspora haar rol als motor voor aanpassing aan milieu-en klimaatverandering? We schetsen hierna wat onderzoek ons leert over de link tussen migratie, klimaat en ontwikkeling. De focus ligt op Noord-Senegal, een laboratorium voor onderzoek naar de gevolgen van internationale migratie, ontwikkelingsinitiatieven en milieu-en...
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Misleading claims about mass migration induced by climate change continue to surface in both academia and policy. This requires a new research agenda on ‘climate mobilities’ that moves beyond simplistic assumptions and more accurately advances knowledge of the nexus between human mobility and climate change.
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Misleading claims about mass migration induced by climate change continue to surface in both academia and policy. This requires a new research agenda on ‘climate mobilities’ that moves beyond simplistic assumptions and more accurately advances knowledge of the nexus between human mobility and climate change.
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Séminaire donné par Samuel Lietaer dans le cadre du cours de F. Gemenne. Ce séminaire, donné durant trois ans, offre des outils pour analyser les controverses liées aux migrations environnementales et aux politiques migratoires. Il inclut également des travaux préparatoires au travail écrit final. Ces travaux préparatoires de 'mise en pratique' s...
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In a 'triple-win' perspective benefiting the origin countries, destination countries, and the immigrant, there are many reasons for both the developing and the industrialised countries to support initiatives from the diaspora. This brief explainer for Youth On the Move aims to understand how - through which major local, national and international m...
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Stephen Smith influence incontestablement le débat public avec son dernier ouvrage, paru en février 2018, au titre évocateur, fataliste et alarmiste : "La ruée vers l’Europe. La jeune Afrique en route pour le Vieux Continent". Sa principale thèse avance que le développement économique de l’Afrique alimente les migrations massives vers l’Europe. La...
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Interview of environmental migration researcher Samuel Lietaer (ULB) about the space and importance given to Climate-induced migration and displacement in the international arenas and particularly at next COP 24 in Katowice.
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Briefing paper N°1 for Youth on the Move. Others will follow. Why would development actors target the Senegalese abroad, particularly in Europe? This article summarizes the major reasons within a historical perspective behind the further deployment of ‘diaspora policies’, particularly focusing on Northern Senegal, where the author conducts his tra...
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The research project is currently : ✓ Deepening one of the MIGRADAPT-project (2017-2021) research questions, which seeks to understand under which socio-economic and political conditions migrants in Belgium can support the adaptation and resilience of their communities of origin, through different types of remittances and initiatives in Morocco, S...
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AVRIL 2018-Samuel LIETAER 1 MIGRADAPT est un projet financé par BELSPO qui s'intéresse au rôle de l'environnement en tant que facteur de migration vers la Belgique et qui vise à comprendre dans quelle mesure les migrants originaires des trois pays d'étude (Sénégal, Maroc, République démocratique du Congo) peuvent soutenir l'adaptation et la résilie...
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MIGRADAPT is a BELSPO-funded project which looks at the role of the environment as a driver of migration to Belgium and seeks to understand how migrants from three selected countries (Senegal, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo) can support the adaptation and resilience of their communities of origin. In this first edition of our MIGRADAP...
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Le secteur privé joue un rôle essentiel dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. Dans quelle mesure les entreprises peuvent-elles contribuer au financement climatique international ? Ont-elles la possibilité, la responsabilité, et/ou l’obligation professionnelle, de prendre les mesures nécessaires pour réduire leurs émissions de gaz à effet d...
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The BTC CDM capacity-building Project (2010-2015; hereafter “the Project”) was drafted in 2009, when carbon markets, and particularly the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), were still promising avenues for boosting a clean and green development in developing countries. The CDM would serve as a market mechanism to include the private sector in the f...
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Presque trois ans après le lancement du processus de réformes de l'Etat congolais en 2005-6, nous pouvons noter que l'intensité des efforts menés n'est guère de bon augure pour la suite de la décentralisation en RDC et pour le Katanga en particulier. L'hypothèse formulée, qui sous-tend ma question de recherche, est appuyée par la littérature concer...

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Master's thesis Political Sciences. Understanding Decentralisation in the DR Congo. Which consequences for Katangese policies in the mining sector?
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In the dichotomy between migrants and refugees/asylum-seekers, the former are typically cast as economically motivated, and set apart from refugees, fleeing war and persecution. Yet environmental changes are increasingly part of migration journeys, and count amongst the factors that call into question the distinction made between migrants and refugees. At the same time, in the international negotiations on climate change, migration is increasingly mooted as a possible adaptation strategy to the impacts of climate change. But only few studies exist as to how migration could actually work for adaptation, and none of them addresses migration in Belgium. This is the goal of this project, delineated into two parts. First, MIGRADAPT will look at the role of the environment as a driver for recent migration to Belgium (from selected zones in Senegal, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). While it is unlikely that one could single out environmental changes as a key driver of migration to Belgium, except in exceptional cases, the project will rather attempt to provide an assessment on how migrants perceive the environment to have influenced their migration journey as well as how they perceive current environmental disruption in their countries of origin. Indeed, many countries of origin or of transit of migrants to Belgium are affected by significant environmental disruptions. How are such disruptions perceived by the migrants? Through its innovative theoretical and empirical approach MIGRADAPT will provide scientific evidence on the role of environmental drivers in migration decisions and on how perceived and observed environmental changes exacerbate pre-existing migration flows to Belgium through its impacts on the other most commonly addressed drivers of migration, such political and economic factors. Moreover, the project will show how environmental disruptions not only affect the first stage of human mobility from their countries of origin, but also how environmental stressors intervene throughout migrants ‘fragmented journeys’, including their potential to alter migratory routes and destinations entirely. Second, MIGRADAPT seeks to understand how migrants can support the adaptation and resilience of their communities of origin. How and under which conditions can migration support the adaptation and resilience of communities affected by environmental changes? MIGRADAPT will provide evidence on how and under which conditions migration to Belgium can support the adaptation and resilience of origin communities and also on how the perception that migrants have on environmental shocks in their origin communities can impact the amount, form, and use of the socio-economic remittances that they send. Through its transnational and multi-sited methodology that captures both the drivers and impacts of migration, MIGRADAPT will address the multifactor aspect of the dynamics of environmental migration and its implications for both migrants and those remaining in communities of origin. The evidence from the project, both in Belgium and in three different countries of origin of the selected migrants, will be translated into policy recommendations that should allow policy makers to tailor and mainstream the environmental component of migration into migration policies, including bilateral migration agreements. The project will also seek to inform Belgian climate and development policies, so that they can better incorporate migration into the strategies. Overall, the project will seek the maximise the potential of migration for adaptation to environmental changes, building on its appraisal of the migration-environment nexus in Belgium. This project is funded by BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy Office)/BRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action through Interdisciplinary Networks) and will run from 2017 to 2021.