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PHOENIX: human mobility, global challenges and resilience in an age of social stress

Grant number: 22/09743-5
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: May 01, 2023 - April 30, 2026
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Convênio/Acordo: Belmont Forum
Principal Investigator:Rafael de Brito Dias
Grantee:Rafael de Brito Dias
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Aplicadas (FCA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Limeira , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Alvaro Penteado Crósta ; Carla Ladeira Pimentel Águas ; Leda Maria Caira Gitahy ; Milena Pavan Serafim

Abstract

PHOENIX is a study of how Global Changes - including environmental and climate changes, demographic changes, changing consumptionpatterns, 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 scienceand longitudinal datasets. We also apply a governance of crisis approach to macro-, meso and micro-levels to understand how diverse policy areasranging from sustainable development and disaster risk reduction to health, food, and climate change might be bridged with larger policyframeworks to understand and predict mobility patterns. The project conducts two human-centric case studies of social tipping points: (1) foodsecurity and belonging and (2) cultural survival and resilience. These case studies provide new ways of looking at how climate (im-)mobilities andtheir social tipping points are shaped by socio-cultural contexts and the psycho-social health of populations. Drawing on natural sciences likeclimate and sustainability studies and on the social sciences of political science, sociology, psychology, economics and anthropology, the projectadds 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 andglobal impact of its findings. An impact strategy is designed to reach scientific, government and public stakeholders via 1) academic workshops andpublications, 2) stake-holder expert panels as well as policy briefs, and 3) Climate Mobilities and Resilience Platforms and digital art galleries, kinoeyevideos and a podcast series. Phoenix examines the societal and environmental aspects of Global Change and (im-)mobilities to help leaders andthe most vulnerable members of societies to understand, adapt and thrive. (AU)

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