Dr Giovanni Bettini


Research Overview

The focus of my work is on the genealogy and political effects of discourses on climate change, population, and development, with a particular interest in the connections between climate change, adaptation and mobility.


  • Climate politics & Policy
  • Migration/Displacement
  • Environmental/climate security
  • International Development
  • Political Ecology and Political geography
  • Migration Studies
  • Critical political theory

One step forward, two steps back?: the fading contours of (in)justice in competing discourses on climate migration
Bettini, G., Nash, S.L., Gioli, G. 12/2017 In: Geographical Journal. 183, 4, p. 348-358. 11 p.
Journal article

‘Floods’ of migrants, flows of care: Between climate displacement and global care chains
Clark, N.H., Bettini, G. 1/07/2017 In: The Sociological Review. 65, 2 Suppl, p. 36-54. 19 p.
Journal article

Life adrift: climate change, migration, critique
Baldwin, A., Bettini, G. 14/06/2017 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 256 p. ISBN: 9781786601193. Electronic ISBN: 9781786601216.

Unsettling futures: climate change, migration, and the (ob)scene biopolitics of resilience
Bettini, G. 14/06/2017 In: Life adrift. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ISBN: 9781786601193. Electronic ISBN: 9781786601216.

Archaeologies of the future: tracing the lineage of contemporary discourses on the climate-migration nexus
Bettini, G. 17/05/2017 In: Environmental history of modern migrations. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Where Next?: Climate Change, Migration, and the (Bio)politics of Adaptation
Bettini, G. 1/02/2017 In: Global Policy. 8, Suppl. 1, p. 33-39. 7 p.
Journal article

Urban resilience, the local and the politics of the anthropocene: reflections on the future of the urban environment
Karaliotas, L., Bettini, G. 30/12/2016 In: Handbook of cities and the environment. Edward Elgar Publishing p. 68-83. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Waltz with development: insights on the developmentalization of climate-induced migration
Bettini, G., Gioli, G. 2016 In: Migration and Development. 5, 2, p. 171-189. 19 p.
Journal article

Climate migration as an adaption strategy: de-securitizing climate-induced migration or making the unruly governable?
Bettini, G. 4/05/2014 In: Critical Studies on Security. 2, 2, p. 180-195. 16 p.
Journal article

Sand waves and human tides: exploring environmental myths on desertification and climate-induced migration
Bettini, G., Andersson, E. 1/03/2014 In: Journal of Environment and Development. 23, 1, p. 160-185. 26 p.
Journal article

Exploring the limits of peak oil: naturalising the political, de-politicising energy
Bettini, G., Karaliotas, L. 12/2013 In: Geographical Journal. 179, 4, p. 331-341. 11 p.
Journal article

Climate barbarians at the gate?: a critique of apocalyptic narratives on climate refugees
Bettini, G. 03/2013 In: Geoforum. 45, p. 63-72. 10 p.
Journal article

(In)convenient convergences: "climate refugees", apocalyptic discourses and the depoliticization of the debate on climate-induced migration
Bettini, G. 2013 In: Interpretive approaches to global climate governance. London : Routledge p. 122-136. 15 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-52188-8.