Book launch: Migrant Health and Resilience

Environmental Law Institute

Transnational Competence in Conflict and Climate Displacement Situations

At the beginning of 2023, armed conflicts and persecution had displaced more than 100 million people around the world. Floods, droughts, wildfires, and sea-level rise associated with climate change displace millions more each year. Migrant Health and Resilience: Transnational Competence in Conflict and Climate Displacement Situations, a new book in Routledge's Global Health Series, addresses the pressing need to build durable responses in the wake of wrenching and increasing human dislocation, compounding health challenges, and the need to rethink approaches to humanitarian action. The practical guidance presented in the book is intended to enable educators, trainers, and field-based multinational and local responders to advance objectives embodied in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the Global Compact on Refugees, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Transcultural competence provides a common thread that enables both responders and those navigating displacement to coalesce into a resilient tapestry.

Please register here:

Time: 2-3 pm (followed by an informal reception)
Address: 1730 M Street, NW, 7th floor, Washington, DC 20036

The event will be moderated by Carl Bruch and three of the book's co-authors will address key contributions presented in the book:

  • Peter H. Koehn, University of Montana Professor Emeritus in Political Science. An inaugural Fulbright New Century Scholar under the "Challenges to Health in a Borderless World" program, he conducted research in Finland on transnational competence and migrant health, served as founding director of UM's Office of International Programs, as well as of its Migration Studies, Global Public Health, and International Development Studies programs, and participated in establishing its Climate Change Studies program.
  • Dr. Phyllis Bo-yuen Ngai, Director of the International Development Studies and Migration Studies programs and Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montana. Dr. Ngai is the author and co-author of numerous professional-journal articles, book chapters, and monographs on intercultural-communication training, social-justice education, partnerships with Indigenous communities, and rural development.
  • Dr. Juha I. Uitto, Director of the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), specializes in evaluating the nexus between environment and development. Dr. Uitto has published widely on topics related to evaluation, sustainable development, and environmental hazards.


Environmental Law Institute; Environmental Peacebuilding Association, Migration Studies Program at University of Montana, International Development Studies Program at University of Montana, Georgetown University Institute of International Migration, American University Immigration Lab, Jesuit Refugee Services