NEW DISSERTATION: Transforming Climate Resilience:
 A Case Study of Myanmar Migrants in Phuket, Thailand

Dr. Angelica de Jesus-Bretschneider’s research on the lives of 80 Myanmar migrants in Phuket, Thailand serves as a case study for the importance of taking a directly political approach to planning for climate resilience. In her thesis, Dr. de Jesus-Bretschneider describes the vulnerabilities of Myanmar migrants in Phuket as embodied structural violence, which refers to the economic, political, and cultural dynamics that systematically cause human suffering and constrain human agency to meet personal needs and goals.

Her work discusses how resilience practitioners in Phuket can apply a structural violence lens, particularly during the vulnerability assessment process, to identify and address social structures that create vulnerabilities, including elitism, nepotism, fragmentation, and discrimination in Thailand. Through this research, Dr. de Jesus-Bretschneider also adds to the discourse of planning for migrant communities, especially at a time when renowned international institutions, such as the United Nations, are highlighting significant planning and policymaking challenges linked to climate change-induced migration.

Dr. de Jesus-Bretschneider’s doctoral research was supported by a UCRSEA Graduate Fellowship. You can access her dissertation here. You can get in touch with Dr. de Jesus-Bretschneider through LinkedIn. Congratulations, Angelica!

You can access the work of other UCRSEA-supported students on our Publications page.

Photo: Dr. de Jesus-Bretschneider