Yan Tan

About Yan Tan

Dr Yan Tan is an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II (ARC QEII) Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She is Chair (2014-15) of Steering Committee of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN). Her research is on the environment-migration nexus; climate change, adaptation and population mobility; environment- and development-induced displacement and resettlement; social inequality and social security; and a causal understanding of the relationship between dramatic degradation of ecosystem services and rapid population growth, urbanisation and industrialisation. This work has focused particularly on China and Australia. Currently she is working on a major project: ‘Climate change and migration in China: theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions’, funded by the ARC (2011-2015). Other recent projects that she led or was heavily involved include studies into: internal migration and social security in China (funded by the Ford Foundation); climate change and migration in Asia and the Pacific (funded by the ADB); impact of climate change on disadvantaged groups (funded by Australia’s National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility).

Addressing Social Inequality in Migration, Urbanisation and Adaptation to Climate Impact in China

Understanding the role of social inequality is crucial if we are to unravel the climate impact, human adaption and migration nexus, but there is limited empirical evidence addressing it, especially in urban settings. In our study recently published in Population and Environment (Tan et al. 2015) as part of the Climate Change and Migration in China project funded by the Australian Research Council, we consider social inequality from three major dimensions: material inequality (the economic), social status inequality (the social) and power inequality (the political). Our consideration was based on the theories of socio-spatial inequality (Sheppard 2002) and social inequality (Goldthorpe 2010). Continue reading