The Project on Self-Determination, Environment, and Migration (SEDEM) explores the intersection between self-determination and the topical concerns of migration, sustainable development, and the environment. The Project is currently engaged with two sub-projects: Self-Determination and Migration, and Climate Engineering. The sub-project on self-determination and migration looks at the impact of the movement of people across borders—both regular and unauthorized, including refugees—on a community’s capacity to determine its own destiny. It addresses questions of membership, identity, and culture, as well as migration-related pressures on the welfare state, (national) security, and state and supra-state governance. The project organizes collaborative projects, workshops, and talks.
Like migration, concerns with the environment transcend state control and affect the integrity of communities. This sub-project focuses on the policy and ethics of climate engineering, which is the deliberate human intervention in the world climate in order to reduce global warming. The project facilitates discussions and conversations about the desirability of climate engineering technologies—from afforestation to stratospheric aerosol injection—from the perspective of self-determining communities. A special case study that links both sub-topics is that of climate refugees, who must flee their community of origin because of environmental change.