Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Climate Resilience and Mobility: A Climate Collaboration Symposium

Thursday, September 19, 2024 to Friday, September 20
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library
Philip Hollingsworth


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The Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration, the Duke Office of Global Affairs, and the Duke Climate Commitment will host a symposium on September 19-20, 2024 on the intersection of climate change, migration, and resilience.

The symposium begins on Thursday, September 19, with a keynote address by Dr. Indermit Gill (Chief Economist, World Bank Group) and a panel focused on building resilience to climate change and the likely effects of these efforts on human mobility. The expert panelists will also discuss the potential for collaboration between NGOs, IGOs, government agencies, think tanks, and academic researchers to enhance the knowledge frontier and improve policy response on these issues.

Panelists will include Marie McAuliffe (Head, Migration Research and Publications Division, International Organization for Migration), Marie-Soleil Turner (Science Advisor, Latin America and Caribbean Region, Catholic Relief Services), and others.

The symposium will continue with an invitation-only workshop on Friday, September 20, to further explore partnerships between researchers at Duke and non-academic organizations on topics at the intersection of climate change, migration, and resilience.

Registration information and additional details will be posted as they are available.

The symposium is the third of the Duke Climate Collaboration Symposia, a series of convenings designed to accelerate climate solutions by developing new collaborations among Duke scholars and external partners. Each symposium focuses on identifying opportunities for Duke University to make the most of its interdisciplinary expertise and convening power for meaningful impact on climate challenges. 

The series is funded by a gift from The Duke Endowment in support of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis.


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Thursday, September 19

Public Panel with Keynote 

Friday, September 20

Invitation-only Workshop 


Additional details to be announced.


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Indermit GillIndermit Gill, chief economist of the World Bank Group and senior vice president for Development Economics

Before starting this position on September 1, 2022, Gill served as the World Bank’s vice president for equitable growth, finance, and institutions, where he helped shape the Bank’s response to the extraordinary series of shocks that have hit developing economies since 2020. Between 2016 and 2021, he was a professor of public policy at Duke University and non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development program.

Gill led the World Bank’s influential 2009 World Development Report on economic geography. His work includes introducing the concept of the “middle-income trap” to describe how countries stagnate after reaching a certain level of income. He has published extensively on key policy issues facing developing countries—among other things, sovereign debt vulnerabilities, green growth and natural-resource wealth, labor markets, and poverty and inequality.

Gill has also taught at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.


Marie McAuliffe, Head, Migration Research and Publications Division, International Organization for Migration

Marie-Soleil Turmel, Science Advisor, Latin America and Caribbean Region, Catholic Relief Services


Additional speakers to be announced.