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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 two work streams: first, it seeks to provide enhanced knowledge about the security implications of climate change and under what circumstances those implications arise, and second, the project seeks to investigate how organizations concerned with development, security and defence can develop tools and instruments to integrate responses to climate security challenges in their work.

In the first year, the project produced three in-depth studies, which aimed to

  • Seek a deeper understanding of how and under what circumstances climate change and variability increase the risks of violent conflict,
  • Increase knowledge on how development organizations can integrate climate and conflict risk in their work, particularly in climate change programmes and in peacebuilding work, and
  • Increase knowledge on how the EU, particularly the European External Action Service, has incorporated security risks posed by climate change in its foreign and security policy.

The report 'Climate-related security risks: Towards an Integrated Approach', summarising findings from the project's first year, was published in October 2016. The project is funded by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will continue to build knowledge and promote policy responses to climate security risks in 2017. It is a collaboration between Stockholm University, SIPRI and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Research staff

Dr Malin Mobjörk is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Security and Development Programme.