ABSTRACT

This chapter present the research strategy, inspired by actor-network theory, for understanding the role of knowledge in the making of the climate-security nexus. It outlines how this book approaches climate-security links as a result of translations – activities that associate climate change and the conflicts in Darfur and Syria together. Translations are mapped by empirically following and describing the activities of actors to connect climate and the two conflicts, and to characterize the shape and consequences of the actor-network resulting from the translations, while avoiding a priori assumptions about the phenomenon. This chapter outlines the guiding concepts and principles of the strategy, the rationale for choosing it, and three main analytical steps: (1) mapping how actors translate climate and conflicts together; (2) describing the knowledge resources they mobilize; and (3) characterizing the patterns of influence reflected in the climate-security actor-network.