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David Durand-Delacre MSc

David Durand-Delacre MSc

PhD Candidate

My main interests lie in global knowledge circulations and critical migration studies. My current research project traces how and why the contested 'climate migrant' label circulates within and across academic, media, policy-making and policy-advice circles in France and the Sahel.

Biography

Career

  • October 2018 – present. PhD Candidate in Geography, University of Cambridge.
  • April 2017 – September 2018 President, Réfugiés Bienvenue (Refugees Welcome France), Paris. Previously Vice-President (June 2016 – March 2017) and Volunteer (November 2015 – February 2017)
  • July 2016 – July 2017 Associate, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Paris.
  • March 2015 – June 2016 Analyst, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Paris.

Qualifications

  • MSc in Environment & Development, London School of Economics and Political Science. (2013-2014)
  • BSc Environmental Geography, University College London. (2010-2013)

Funding and awards

  • PhD Funding: Cambridge European Scholarship, Cambridge Trust (2018-2021)
  • Prize for Best Overall Performance in the MSc Environment & Development, London School of Economics and Political Science (2014)

Research

External websites: TwitterResearchgate - ORCID - LinkedIn

The objective of my PhD project is to understand how and why the 'climate migrant' label circulates within and across contemporary academic, media, policy-advice and policy-making circles, specifically in France and the Sahel. By looking at the 'climate migrant' label as a mobile object of study – embedded in documents, images, models and news stories that are carried across sites by actors and their communications – it posits that we can better understand how its meaning and applications are being negotiated, why it 'sticks' to certain people or situations but not others, and what implications this has for the people designated as 'climate migrants'.

In order to achieve this, my research uses an extended case method inspired by methodological debates on multi-sited ethnographies and 'follow the object' approaches. It combines in-depth interviews with actors who contribute to the circulation of 'climate migration' as an idea (academics, journalists, policy-makers, activists and migrants), with ethnographies of documents (academic and policy studies), media analysis of the written press, and cultural analysis of various representations of 'climate migration' in the shape of stories, models, metaphors, numbers, and images.

The primary empirical focus of the research project is on France, in relation with the Sahel, although relevant threads are 'followed out' in order to account for the external, globalised nature of the networks involved in climate migration debates. The project will contribute to interdisciplinary literatures on 'mobilities' and the travel of ideas and policies. It will also inform our understanding of contemporary migrant labelling practices in context. Ultimately, the research will provide insight into the potential usefulness of the 'climate migrant' label in designating mobile people whose complex trajectories are irreducible to a single cause.

My research interests include: knowledge production and circulation; critical migration studies; environmental mobilities; science and technology studies; media analysis; cultural analysis; and methodological innovations for the study of im/mobilities.

While working at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2015-2017), I conducted extensive work on the organisation's flagship SDG Index and Dashboards report, including data collection, treatment and analysis, as well as statistical coding and testing.

Publications

Peer-reviewed

  • Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Teksoz, K., Durand-Delacre, D., & Sachs, J. D. (2017). National baselines for the Sustainable Development Goals assessed in the SDG Index and Dashboards. Nature Geoscience, 10(8), 547. https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2985

Policy reports

  • Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Durand-Delacre, D., and Teksoz, K. (2017) SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017. Global Responsibilities. International Spillovers in Achieving the Goals. New York: Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). http://www.sdgindex.org/
  • Sachs, J., Schmidt-Traub, G., Kroll, C., Durand-Delacre, D., and Teksoz, K. (2016) Sustainable Development Goals Index and Dashboards – Global Report. New York: Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). http://www.sdgindex.org/

Presentations

  • Setting the 'climate migrant' label in motion. A review of concepts for the study of a mobile idea, Symposium on 'A Mobilities Lens to the Human Mobility - Environmental Change Nexus', Wageningen University, Netherlands (June 2019)
  • Setting the 'climate migrant' label in motion: on the emergence and circulation of label, Darwin Social Science and Humanities Seminar, Cambridge, UK (May 2019)

Teaching

  • Supervisions – Part IB: Living with Global Change (Cultures of Risk)

External activities

Memberships

  • Postgraduate Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (October 2018 – present)
  • Forum Member, Cambridge Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement (November 2018 – present)

Other activities

  • Member, Environmental and Ethical Affairs Committee, Darwin College Student Association (November 2018 – present)
  • Co-convenor. Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (November 2018 – April 2019)