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Research at the IFSH on the consequences of climate change

In close cooperation with the Climate Change and Security Research Group (CLISEC) at the University of Hamburg, researchers at the IFSH are studying the potential consequences of climate change on conflict processes, peace and security. One aspect of this work is the integration of perspectives from the social and the natural sciences. This research is being undertaken within the CLISAP (Integrated Climate System Analysis and Prediction) cluster of excellence, of which the University of Hamburg and other institutions, including the IFSH, are partners. In 2014 the IFSH also became a member of the Hamburg KlimaCampus. The KlimaCampus organizes events and coordinates the publication of reports with the aim of making the results of research on climate change accessible to the general public.

The current focus of research at the IFSH is the relationship between climate change, migration and conflict. In addition to theoretical work, much of which has been published, research projects have been undertaken on the contribution of environmental change to the conflict in Syria and on gender aspects of climate change and migration. In the latter area, the IFSH, largely in the person of Christiane Fröhlich, is involved in various networking activities and the organization of workshops. In addition, Delf Rothe is working on a project investigating the concept of resilience in the area of overlap between the fields of ecology and security. In the past, researchers at the IFSH have also undertaken research on geoengineering, resource conflicts and the perception of climate change by armed forces.


Rothe, Delf. 2016. Energy for the masses? Exploring the political logics behind the Desertec vision. Journal of International Relations and Development 19 (3): 392–419. DOI: 10.1057/jird.2014.17.
Baldwin, Andrew, Chris Methmann, Delf Rothe. 2014. Securitizing ‘Climate Refugees’: the Futurology of Climate-Induced Migration. Critical Studies on Security 2 (2): 121-130. DOI: 10.1080/21624887.2014.943570.
Methmann, Chris, Delf Rothe. 2014. Tracing the Spectre that Haunts Europe: the Visual Construction of Climate-Induced Migration in the MENA Region. Critical Studies on Security 2 (2): 162-179. DOI: 10.1080/21624887.2014.909226.
Fröhlich, Christiane. 2014. Wasser – Konfliktstoff oder Kooperationsgrund? Der Fall des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens. In: Wettstreit um Ressourcen. Konflikte um Klima, Wasser und Boden, edited by Ulrich Schneckener, Arnulf von Scheliha, Andreas Lienkamp, Britta Klagge, 181-207. München: oekom.
Buhaug, Halvard, Jonas Nordkvelle, Thomas Bernauer, Tobias Böhmelt, Michael Brzoska, Joshua W. Busby, Antonio Ciccone, Hanne Fjelde, Erik Gartzke, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Jack A. Goldstone, Håvard Hegre, Helge Holtermann, Vally Koubi, Jasmin S. A. Link, Peter Michael Link, Päivi Lujala, John O′Loughlin, Clionadh Raleigh, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling, Tara Carter Smith, Ole Magnus Theisen, Richard S. J. Tol, Henrik Urdal, Nina von Uexkull. 2014. One effect to rule them all? A comment on climate and conflict. Climate Change 127 (3-4): 391-397. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-014-1266-1.
Brzoska, Michael, Peter Michael Link, Achim Maas, Götz Neuneck, Jürgen Scheffran. 2013. Possible implications of climate engineering for peace and security. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94 (2): ES13-ES16.
Brzoska, Michael. 2013. Ressourcen als Konfliktursache. Knappheit und Überfluss. In: Wettstreit um Ressourcen, Konflikte um Klima, Wasser und Boden, edited by Ulrich Schneckener, Arnulf von Scheliha, Andreas Lienkamp, Britta Klagge, 31-48. München: Oekom Verlag. Updated version published as JA-02575-2014.
Methmann, Chris, Delf Rothe, Benjamin Stephan, eds. 2013. Interpretive approaches to global climate governance. (De)constructing the greenhouse. London: Routledge.
Brzoska, Michael. 2012. Climate Change and the military in China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 68 (1): 43-54.
Scheffran, Jürgen, Michael Brzoska, Hans Günter Brauch, Peter Michael Link, Janpeter Schilling, eds. 2012. Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict – Challenges for Societal Stability. Heidelberg: Springer Publishers.
Brauch, Hans Günter, Michael Brzoska, Jasmin Kominek, Peter Michael Link, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling. 2012. Disentangling the Climate-conflict Nexus: Empirical and Theoretical Assessments of Vulnerabilities and Pathways. Review of European Studies 4 (5): 1-13.
Fröhlich, Christiane. 2012. Water: Reason for Conflict or Catalyst for Peace? The Case of the Middle East. L'Europe en Formation, no. 3: 139-161.
Brzoska, Michael, Peter Michael Link, Achim Maas, Jürgen Scheffran, eds. 2012. Themenschwerpunkt: Geoengineering: Ein Problem für Frieden und Sicherheit?. S+F, Sicherheit und Frieden - Security and Peace 30 (4). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Brzoska, Michael, Martin Kalinowski, Volker Matthies, Berthold Meyer, eds. 2011. Klimawandel und Konflikte. Versicherheitlichung versus präventive Friedenspolitik?. AFK-Friedensschriften 37. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag.