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Climate change and security

Flooding in Bangkok, September 2011
Flooding along Ratchayothin Junction in Bangkok, September 2011. Photo: Wutthichai / Shutterstock

This project has three interrelated aims: (a) to deepen knowledge about how and under what circumstances climate change increases security risks, including violent conflict; (b) to analyse how policy organizations and practitioners respond to those risks; and (c) to provide suggestions for how policy organizations can strengthen efficient and sustainable responses to those risks.

The report 'Climate-related security risks: Towards an Integrated Approach', which was published in October 2016, summarizes the findings from the project's first year. It contains an overview of thematic climate-related security risks, such as food and water security, climate-induced migration and violent conflict, and two case studies on policy responses. The report was published in collaboration between SIPRI, Stockholm University and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

In 2017 the project continues to build knowledge and promote policy responses to climate security risks. The sub-projects involve how climate-related security risk can be integrated in the UN and African Union; a scoping study on climate change, gender and violence; and a case study of climate risks in the Pacific. The work on the UN is conducted in collaboration with E3G.

This project is funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and started in autumn 2015.

Research staff

Dr Malin Mobjörk is a Senior Researcher and Head of SIPRI's Climate Change and Risk Project.
Dr Amiera Sawas is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Project.
Jiayi Zhou is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Project.
Dr Florian Krampe is a Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Project.