Relevant research themes of the Environment research group include:
- Security implications of climate variability
- Conflict and cooperation over resource accessibility and distribution
- Spatial patterns and drivers of armed conflict.
The Environment research group covers both qualitative and quantitative research. It applies disaggregated data and approaches to understand cross-scale dynamics of environment-society interactions, for example, drought among major food producers triggering local food insecurity in food-importing countries, as well as to understand the relevance of local factors and conditions.