• Jürgen Scheffran co-authors Nature article on climate and conflict

    CLISEC Chair Jürgen Scheffran is co-author of an article in Nature on "Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict". It is based on an extensive expert elicitation organized by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to explore differences and common ground in the climate-conflict controversy, using quantitative and qualitative approaches.

    Mach KJ, Kraan CM, Adger WN, Buhaug H, Burke M, Fearon JD, Field CB, Hendrix CS, Maystadt JF, O’Loughlin J, Roessler P, Scheffran J, Schultz KA, von Uexkull N (2019): Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict; Nature, Advance Online Publication (June 12, 2019). ;

    Supplementary information at:

    Additional comprehensive documents of expert elicitation at Stanford Digital Repository:

    Nature Editorial: Finding Consensus 

    Press releases:

    Stanford University:

    Universität Hamburg:

  • Dr. Enrique Troyo Dieguez's talk

    Tourism, Climate Change and Poverty: Lesson Learned from Northwestern Mexico

    By: Dr. Enrique Troyo Dieguez (Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, La Paz (CIBNOR), Mexico)

    Date: Tuesday, 28 May at 12.30

    Place: Room 2008 at Grindelberg 7 (2nd floor)

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Akbar Barati visits Clisec

    Prof. Dr. Ali Akbar Barati (faculty member at Department of Agricultural Management and Development, University of Tehran) visits Clisec for a period of 3-6 months (starting from 02 February 2019).

    His specialty and interests include agri-rural sustainable development, land-use and water management and modeling socio-economic aspects of climate changes and agricultural supply chain management. He teaches systematic thinking, application of modeling and simulation in social sciences, system dynamics, agri-business development. Ali also works with some techniques and methods including system dynamic simulation, agent-based (AB) modeling and simulation, game theory and multi criteria decision making methods (spcially, AHP and ANP). More

    Selected publications:

    1.    Dehghani Pour, M., Barati, A. A., Azadi, H., & Scheffran, J. (2018). Revealing the role of livelihood assets in livelihood strategies: Towards enhancing conservation and livelihood development in the Hara Biosphere Reserve, Iran. Ecological Indicators, 94, 336-347.

    2.    Barati, A. A., Kalantari, K, Nazari, M. R. and Asadi, A. (2017). A hybrid method (ANP-SWOT) to make and choose strategic alternatives for development of rural cooperatives: The case of Iran. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 19(4) 757-769.

    3.    Dehghani Pour, M., Motiee, N., Barati, A. A., Taheri, F., Azadi, H., Gebrehiwot, K., Witlox, F. (2017). Impacts of the Hara Biosphere Reserve on Livelihood and Welfare in Persian Gulf. Ecological Economics, 141, 76-86. doi:

    4.    Azadi, H., Barati, A. A., Rafiaani, P., Taheri, F., Gebrehiwot, K., Witlox, F., & Lebailly, P. (2017). Evolution of land use-change modeling: routes of different schools of knowledge. Landscape and Ecological Engineering, 13(2), 319-332.  

    5.    Memarbashi, E., Azadi, H., Barati, A. A., Mohajeri, F., Passel, S., & Witlox, F. (2017). Land-Use Suitability in Northeast Iran: Application of AHP-GIS Hybrid Model. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6(12), 396.

  • Jürgen Scheffran speaking in German Parliament

    Jürgen Scheffran was invited to speak on „Klimawandel und gesellschaftliche Instabilität“ at Zukunftsforum Öffentliche Sicherheit “Krisenverstärker Klimawandel: Wechselwirkungen zwischen Sicherheit und Solidarität“, in Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin. More information here.

  • 2nd CLISEC-PIK workshop 2018

    2nd CLISEC-PIK workshop focussing on "Qualitative and Quantitative Methods for Advancing Research on the Climate-Migration-Conflict Nexus" was conducted in Potsdam on 23 May 2018 from 11 am - 5 pm.

  • Hossein Azadi was invited to ELSEDIMA 2018 as a keynote speaker

    Hossein Azadi was invited to the 12th International Conference on Environmental Legislation, Safety Engineering and Disaster Management (ELSEDIMA 2018) on 17-19 May 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania as a keynote speaker. He gave a talk on "Agricultural Land Conversion: Reviewing Drought Impacts and Coping Strategies".

  • Jürgen Scheffran presented a paper in San Francisco

    Jürgen Scheffran presented a paper titled "Beyond Richardson: Modeling conflict in a world of complexity and climate change" at the panel on Lewis F Richardson, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention, April 4-7, 2018, San Francisco.

  • Christiane Fröhlich receives Postdoc at GIGA

    Christiane Fröhlich is starting a new position at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in January 2018. Her research will continue to focus on human mobility, particularly on forced migration, with a regional focus on the Southern Mediterranean, esp. Syria, Turkey and Israel/Palestine. More information is available here.


  • Workshop Climate Change, Decarbonization and the Urban Energy Transition

    Workshop "Climate Change, Decarbonization and the Urban Energy Transition"

    Universität Hamburg, Germany, October 12-13, 2017

    Jürgen Scheffran (CLISEC) and Jürgen Oßenbrügge (both CliSAP and Institute of Geography) are co-organizers of this event which is supported by the CliSAP Cluster of Excellence. The program of the workshop is available here; further details can be found here.

  • Workshop "Anthropocene Mobilities"

    International workshop organised by Christiane Fröhlich and Delf Rothe, June 1-2, 2017.

    Workshop Abstract: Geologists and Earth System scientists have argued that the planet has entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene names the age in which humanity took control over the planet and pushed the Earth System into a new stage of disequilibrium, with significant effects on global human - and non-human - mobility. The workshop draws on this new perspective on planetary change provided by the Anthropocene debate to further the debate on environmental or climate-induced migration and its policy implications.

    The Anthropocene's implications for the study of environmental migration as well as for international security have so far seldom been considered in academic literature, even though it forces us to re-evaluate and re-think our fundamental ontological and epistemological concepts (Gemenne 2015). As argued by Bruno Latour and others, the advent of the Anthropocene implies the end of “’the bifurcation of nature’ or the final rejection of the separation between Nature and Humanity that has paralyzed science and politics since the dawn of modernism” (Latour 2015).

    The described “bifurcation of nature” also characterizes the existing literature on environmentally or climate-induced migration. In the earlier literature on environmental migration, often accused of a naive environmental determinism, nature appeared in the form of disasters and extreme events, which tipped societies into chaos and pushed people out of their homes (Myers, 1991, 1998, 2005; Myers et al. 1995; Brown 2008; Waever, Buzan, Kelstrup, & Lemaitre, 1993). But even though the literature on environmental migration has become much more sophisticated and the environmental determinism of the old days has been replaced by sensitivity for the multi-causality of migratory decisions (Castles 2002, Morrissey 2009), the social and the natural are still artificially divided into a set of variables, just to be recombined and layered in computer models or regression analyses (Selby 2014).

    The workshop seeks to fundamentally rethink the prevailing ontological categories of environmental migration research and to work towards an analytical framework which studies processes of human mobility within their specific, hybrid socio-natural contexts. It seeks to initiate a fruitful dialogue between scholars working on climate change and human mobility, on the one hand, and scholars engaging with the Anthropocene concept and its theoretical and normative implications on the other.

    A program is available here.


  1. 30.03.2017

    Migration und Flucht: Antworten aus der Wissenschaft

    Weltweit flüchten Menschen aus Regionen, in denen sie bisher zuhause waren. Dr. Christiane Fröhlich vom Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit (CEN) der Universität Hamburg zeigt zusammen mit internationalen Forscherinnen und Forschern, dass Flucht oft ein Prozess über Jahre ist, welche...

  2. 15.02.2016

    Jürgen Scheffran über komplexe Krisen und das Klima der Unsicherheit

    Das Jahr 2015 hat Krisen wie am Fließband sichtbar gemacht. Ukraine, Griechenland, Syrien, Irak, Afghanistan, Mali, Paris, Köln: Dies sind nur einige der Brennpunkte, an denen sich destruktive Entwicklungen entluden. Damit verbunden sind Flüchtlingskrisen und Umweltkatastrophen wie Stürme,...

  3. 30.06.2015

    CliSAP Workshop: Migration in Krisenzeiten

    Es gibt zwei wesentliche Ursachen für Flucht und Migration: Umweltzerstörung und globaler Klimawandel auf der einen Seite, politische Verfolgung und gewaltsame Konflikte auf der anderen. Wie sich menschliche Mobilität unter diesen Bedingungen gestaltet, stand im Fokus des internationalen Workshops...

  4. 19.12.2014

    Genozid-Konferenz: Klimaforschung als neue Perspektive

    Die Genozidforschung sollte die Klimawissenschaft nicht länger ignorieren. Dies ist die Ansicht von Prof. Jürgen Zimmerer vom Exzellenzcluster CliSAP. Der Historiker möchte eine Brücke bauen zwischen den Forschungsgebieten Völkermord und Klimawandel – auch als Mitveranstalter der vierten globalen...

  5. 23.06.2014

    Genozid-Forschung: Blick für Klimaproblematik schärfen

    Klimawandel und knappe Ressourcen, „Klima-Flüchtlinge“, Konflikte und Sicherheitsprobleme – diese Zusammenhänge werden regelmäßig diskutiert. Als Ursache für einen möglichen Genozid im Sinne des UN-Völkerrechtes wurde der Klimawandel bisher aber nicht betrachtet. Prof. Jürgen Zimmerer, Historiker an...