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Maia Call is a human-environment and population geographer whose research focuses on the bidirectional relationship between the environment and socio-demographic processes. She brings together social surveys and biophysical data to quantitatively examine both the role of the environment in shaping migration, livelihoods, and well-being as well as the socio-demographic drivers of environmental change. Her research projects range from examining environmentally-induced temporary migration in Bangladesh to exploring the implications of climate change for rural livelihoods in Uganda.
At SESYNC, she is collaborating with Dr. Lori Hunter (The University of Colorado at Boulder), to explore the gender dynamics of environmentally influenced migration in Asia. This research project is motivated by the critical need to understand how, and why, the impacts of climate change may vary across genders in a populous region predicted to be a global hotspot for the near-term effects of climate change. Greater knowledge about these dynamics will be vital for shaping climate change adaptation and sustainable development policy.