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. 24/09/2016 In: Geographical Journal.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.