The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) is an initiative to foster research co-operation across institutional, disciplinary and national boundaries in the field of global environmental change. It uses a social scienes approach and looks at the role of human beings both as contributors to and as victims of global change and tries to identify ways of reducing change and mitigating its catastrophic effects.
IHDP is a joint programme of the Interational Social Science Council (ISSC), the International Council for Science (ISC) and the United Nations University (UNU) and collaborates with other international global change programmes that are more strictly (natural) science based. It has national committees all over the world which act as hubs in the network of the relevant countries.
IHDP has seven thematic core science projects, several of which will be linked to questions of global change and forced migration, mainly Global Environmental Change and Human Security and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change. Check out their website for more information on their research foci: