Project Profile: PHOENIX

Human Mobility, Global Challenges and Resilience in an Age of Social Stress


Principal Investigators: Susan Rottmann, Ozyegin University, Turkey
Partners: Kharazzi Ali, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Isabel Bortagaray, Udelar, Uruguay
Andreas Cetrez, Uppsala University, Sweden
Deliang Chen, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
María José, Lubertino Beltran, Asociación Ciudadana por los Derechos Humanos, Argentina
Rasigan Maharajh, Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, South Africa
Sarah Nash, University of Continuing Education Krems, Austria
Graciela Rodriguez, Instituto Gênero, Economia, Cidadania Global, Brazil
Pablo Zuleta, Fundación Cuerpo y Energía, Teorías y Métodos Neoreichianos, Chile
Rafael de Brito Dias, University of Campinas, Brazil


Full Project Title: Human Mobility, Global Challenges and Resilience in an Age of Social Stress
Full Call Title: Migration2022


Project Objective: PHOENIX is a study of how Global Changes - including environmental and climate changes, demographic changes, changing consumption
patterns, energy and land-use, developments in the politics of food and mental health, and socio-cultural transformations - impact mobility. Specifically, we undertake data modeling of social tipping points by utilizing GIS techniques and synthesizing existing geographical, earth science and longitudinal datasets. We also apply a governance of crisis approach to macro-, meso- and micro-levels to understand how diverse policy areas ranging from sustainable development and disaster risk reduction to health, food, and climate change might be bridged with larger policy frameworks to understand and predict mobility patterns. The project conducts two human-centric case studies of social tipping points: (1) food security and belonging and (2) cultural survival and resilience. These case studies provide new ways of looking at how climate (im)mobilities and their social tipping points are shaped by socio-cultural contexts and the psycho-social health of populations. Drawing on natural sciences like climate and sustainability studies and on the social sciences of political science, sociology, psychology, economics and anthropology, the project adds to the interdisciplinary diagnostic and prognostic toolbox of Global Change and mobility as well as vulnerability and resilience assessments. PHOENIX utilizes a wide evidence base - from Europe and the Middle East to Africa and South America - to ensure maximum comparative and global impact of its findings. An impact strategy is designed to reach scientific, government and public stakeholders via 1) academic workshops and publications, 2) stake-holder expert panels as well as policy briefs, and 3) Climate Mobilities and Resilience Platforms and digital art galleries, kinoeye videos and a podcast series. Phoenix examines the societal and environmental aspects of Global Change and (im)mobilities to help leaders and the most vulnerable members of societies to understand, adapt and thrive.
Call Objective: Call themes:

Area 1 – synthesizing, integrating, and supplementing data and models
Area 2 – integrative governance and legal and policy frameworks
Area 3 – human-centric approaches to studying and integrating data and frameworks on vulnerable communities




Duration: 36 Months
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