Nina von Uexkull is an External Associate at PRIO.
By Sophie P. de Bruin, Jannis M. Hoch, Nina von Uexkull, Halvard Buhaug, Jolle Demmers, Hans Visser & Niko Wanders in Global Environmental Change
By Jannis M. Hoch, Sophie P. de Bruin, Halvard Buhaug, Nina von Uexkull, Rens van Beek & Niko Wanders in Environmental Research Letters
Nina von Uexkull is Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Associate Senior Researcher at PRIO. She holds a PhD in peace and conflict research from Uppsala University. Her current research concerns security implications of climate change as well as rural armed conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa, combining advanced statistical methods with surveys and field interviews.
Journal Article in Global Environmental Change
Journal Article in Environmental Research Letters
Journal Article in Journal of Politics
Journal Article in World Development
Journal Article in Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Popular Article in New Security Beat
Popular Article in Political Violence at a Glance
Journal Article in Journal of Peace Research
Journal Article in Sustainability
Journal Article in Earth's Future
The Journal of Peace
Research has just published a new special issue on ‘Security implications
of climate change’ (January 2021), guest edited by Nina von Uexkull and Halvard
Buhaug. The special issue contains 12 original research articles and viewpoint
essays, supplemented by an introductory
article by the guest editors that presents a review the state of the art.
This is the second time JPR dedicates a special issue to climate change
and conflict; the first
time was in 2012, edited by Nils Petter Gleditsch. The new issue represents
the most up-to-date collection of studies on the subject. Several articles,
including the introduction, are available as open access.
Read the special issue here.
Next Tuesday December 8th at 14.00 CET (Oslo time) we will have the PRIO Annual Peace Address, this time with young peacebuilders Hajer Sharief and Ilwad Elman.
On this occasion we wanted to highlight projects and research that focus on youth activism. We're sharing our work on young engagement in political change, because social movements that turn into positive societal transformation are not only initiated by people in power, but very often are initiated or inspired by youth trying to improve their communities. Here are some of the projects showing the importance of youth in peacebuilding.
A new study published in the journal Nature today assesses the role of climate in affecting the risk of armed conflict. Unlike conventional empirical analyses, this study is based on expert elicitation, where the data material is derived from in-depth interviews and structured group discussions among an interdisciplinary selection of scholars on climate-conflict relations. These experts agree that climate has affected organized armed conflict within countries over the past century. However, other drivers, such as low socioeconomic development, intergroup inequalities, and low state capabilities, are judged to be substantially more influential, and the mechanisms of climate–conflict linkages remain a key uncertainty. PRIO researchers Halvard Buhaug and Nina von Uexkull took part in the elicitation and co-authored the study, which was facilitated by scholars at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
On 27-28 September
2018, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and PRIO
co-hosted a joint Workshop on Climate Change and Security in Uppsala. The
workshop brought together an international group of twenty scholars and experts
to discuss ongoing and emergent research on a variety of topics related to
climate change and security. The discussions highlighted a variety of topics
including the consequences of resource scarcity, extreme weather events, food
price shocks, land use competition, demographic pressure, and environmental
migration. The program included presentations on 14 projects as well as a public
keynote lecture by Professor W. Neil Adger on sustainable urbanization.
workshop was co-organized by Nina von Uexkull and Halvard Buhaug and sponsored
by the PRIO-based research project Climate Variability and
Security Threats (CLIMSEC), funded by the European Research
Council, and the Uppsala-based project on Climate
Change, Food Insecurity and Violent Conflict, funded by the
Swedish Research Council, SIDA, and FORMAS.
The project will focus on the causal connection between adverse environmental change and discrete social upheavals, with examples including the ongoing civil war in Syria and the early Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Severe drought is associated with an increased incidence of armed conflict among agriculture-dependent populations in the least developed states. By strengthening the political status and economic well-being of such marginalized groups, conflict risk can be reduced. This is a key finding of a study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) by a team of researchers from Uppsala University and PRIO.
On Friday 23 September, Nina von Uexkull was awarded a doctoral degree in peace and conflict research at Uppsala University. Nina, who is associated with the Climate Anomalies and Violent Environments (CAVE) project at PRIO, wrote a thesis on 'Climate, conflict, and coping capacity: The impact of climate variability on organized violence.' Members of the evaluation committee included Håvard Hegre and former PRIO Director Dan Smith, with Prof. Jack A. Goldstone as the appointed examiner. Congratulations!