Immigration in Montserrat after the Volcanic Disaster: A Tool and a Challenge for the Recovery of the Island,
in Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction : Practices for Inclusion.
International Organization for Migration & Council of Europe
PhD student on societal recovery and adaptation of local communities following volcanic eruption.
I am currently working on the recovery process and adaptation strategies of local communities affected by a volcanic eruption. Noting a large gap in the understanding of post-disaster period, I aim to understand the different stages and strategies which lead the recovery process and the adaptation choices, especially in terms of sustainable development and reduction of the previous vulnerability. I also address the role of the volcano and the eruption in re-shaping the affected place. Based on the case of Montserrat, a Caribbean island strongly affected by a volcanic eruption since 1995, I observe and try to understand the major changes in that place. Considering that a main change in the islandis the strong increase of immigration of workers from poorer neighbour islands following the eruption, I aim to understand how immigration patterns can reveal the recovery processes and how it impacts on the vulnerability of the communities facing future eruptions. I also analsye how immigration impact on the level of preparedness to natural hazards. My research is conducted through qualitative and participatory methods, such as social mapping and focus group discussions with the immigrant and Montserratian communities. This project is part of the STREVA (Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas) project, under the supervision of Peter Simmons, Anna Hicks, Jenni Barclay and Roger Few.
Previously I took a Bachelor degree in Geography with a specialisation in Environmental Studies, and then a Master degree in Development Studies, both at the Institut de Géographie Alpine, in Grenoble, France. In parallel, I have been involved to the Paprika project (CryosPheric responses to Anthropogenic PRessures in the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya regions, CNRS), in Nepal. There I worked to analyse the vulnerability and capacities of people facing flash floods in the plain area of Nepal (Terai), using a large range of participatory research tools, including Participatory 3-Dimension Mapping. I also participated in different projects of disaster risk reduction, including a project in Morocco working on the risk of earthquake in Tétouan and trying to find suitable adaptations to live with this risk and to become less vulnerable. My broad interests are on societal aspects of disasters and vulnerability linked to marginalisation of communities.