Journal article

Understanding the role of natural hazards in internal labour mobility in Australia

Kerstin K Zander, Tom Wilson, Stephen T Garnett

Weather and Climate Extremes | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


Australia is among the countries most exposed to natural hazards, particularly wildfire, cyclones, floods and heat waves. Natural disasters are expected to increase in frequency and severity as climate changes. For some people, the increase in risk from these disasters is a reason to move away from certain places or avoid others. Contemporary migration literature has largely ignored environmental factors for mobility, concentrating instead on economic and amenity or lifestyle factors. In this study we fill this gap by exploring the extent to which people in Australia consider natural hazards in their location choices and mobility decisions. Results from a survey using best-worst scaling show..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the financial support from the Charles Darwin University who sponsored this research through its Small Grant Research Scheme. The lead author is supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.