The Highland Institute will be part of a research team that will conduct academic training and ethnographic research in areas along the Northeast India-Myanmar border centered on studying perceptions and impacts of climate change, linked to natural resource use and environmental concerns within border communities. Customary land use will also be included as a topic.
The MyClimate project is a partnership between the Danish Institute for International Studies, which coordinates the project, Nyan Corridor, the Regional Centre for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at Chiang Mai University, and the Highland Institute. The overall objective is to strengthen academic and policy understandings of the linkages between climate change actions and conflict dynamics in Myanmar’s ethnic border regions and build research capacity that contributes to sustainable peace and development. The project will produce new empirical knowledge on how local communities view and adapt to climate change and how state actors, civil society organizations, and political movements across Myanmar’s border regions address climate change and the interlinked fields of environmental conservation, natural resource management, and extraction, land use, and pollution. The research will combine digital ethnographic methods with in situ fieldwork in collaboration with local researchers and organizations.