Graduate seminar: Klimawandel, Extremereignisse und Konfliktforschung - Climate change, extreme events and conflicts - Details
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Course name Graduate seminar: Klimawandel, Extremereignisse und Konfliktforschung - Climate change, extreme events and conflicts
Course number 7673
Semester SS 2024
Current number of participants 4
maximum number of participants 7
Home institute Institut für Geographie
participating institutes Klimaresilienz von Kulturökosystemen
Courses type Graduate seminar in category Teaching
Preliminary discussion Monday, 05.02.2024 13:15 - 14:00
Next date Monday, 27.05.2024 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (I-Gebäude)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache deutsch
Weitere Unterrichtssprache(n) Englisch
Literaturhinweise Relevant literature:

Buhaug, H., 2014. Concealing agreements over climate–conflict results. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, E636–E636. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1323773111

Buhaug, H., 2010. Climate not to blame for African civil wars. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107, 16477–16482. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1005739107

Burke, M.B., Miguel, E., Satyanath, S., Dykema, J. a, Lobell, D.B., 2009. Warming increases the risk of civil war in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106, 20670–20674. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0907998106

de Sherbinin, A., Sherbinin, A.D., 2014. Climate change hotspots mapping: what have we learned? Climatic Change 123, 23–37. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-013-0900-7

Hsiang, S.M., Burke, M., Miguel, E., 2013. Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict. Science 341, 1235367. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1235367

Hsiang, S.M., Meng, K.C., 2014. Reconciling disagreement over climate-conflict results in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2–5. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1316006111

Mach, K.J., Kraan, C.M., Adger, W.N., Buhaug, H., Burke, M., Fearon, J.D., Field, C.B., Hendrix, C.S., Maystadt, J.-F., O’Loughlin, J., Roessler, P., Scheffran, J., Schultz, K.A., von Uexkull, N., 2019. Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict. Nature 571, 193–197. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1300-6

Scheffran, J., Battaglini, A., 2011. Climate and conflicts: the security risks of global warming. Regional Environmental Change 11, 27–39.

Scheffran, J., Schilling, J., Link, M.P., 2012. Theories and Models of Climate-Security Interaction: Framework and Application to a Climate Hot Spot in North Africa, in: Scheffran, J., Brzoska, M., Brauch, H.G., Link, P.M., Schilling, J. (Eds.), Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict. Challenges for Social Stability. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 91–131.

Zscheischler, J. et al. Future climate risk from compound events. Nature Clim Change 8, 469–477 (2018).

Hendrix, C. S., Koubi, V., Selby, J., Siddiqi, A. & von Uexkull, N. Climate change and conflict. Nat Rev Earth Environ 4, 144–148 (2023).
Miscellanea As climate change intensifies, resource scarcity, displacement, and extreme weather events can exacerbate conflicts. By understanding this relationship, we can develop strategies to mitigate violence and promote sustainable peace in an increasingly vulnerable world. Climate change and conflict is an excellent topic for understanding the interplay between environmental factors, socio-economic development and legal frameworks.

The focus of the seminar will be on selected climatological topics such as extreme events, teleconnections, and compound extreme events, and an integration with debates in other discplines such as legal considerations (legal frameworks, conflict resolution, environmental regulations, climate justice, policy and advocacy), climatic drivers and their impact on agriculture (droughts and water stress, food production, adaptation) and economic consequences (food prices, subsidies, initial socio-economic conditions, poverty).

Depending on previous knowledge, the learning outcomes are:

1. Awareness of Interconnectedness: Students should grasp the complex relationship between climate change and conflict, including how environmental factors can exacerbate existing tensions and lead to new conflicts.
2. Environmental Science: Gain a foundational understanding of the science behind climate change, its causes, and its effects on ecosystems and communities.
3. Policy and Law: Understand the legal and policy frameworks at local, national, and international levels related to climate change and conflict mitigation.
4. Case Studies (Middle East, Arab Spring): Analyze real-world case studies to examine how climate change has contributed to conflicts, the responses taken, and their outcomes.
5. Mitigation and Adaptation: Discuss strategies for mitigating the impact of climate change and adapting to the challenges it poses in conflict-prone regions.
6. Critical Thinking: Encourage critical thinking and research skills to evaluate the evidence, assess the validity of claims, and develop well-informed perspectives on the topic.

Rooms and times

Monday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (10x)
Monday, 05.02.2024 13:15 - 14:00
Tuesday, 23.04.2024 10:00 - 11:30
(Gastvortrag Dr Elisabeth Vogel, Geb. I Raum 2207)
Tuesday, 30.04.2024 08:15 - 09:30
Thursday, 27.06.2024 08:30 - 16:30
Friday, 28.06.2024 08:30 - 16:30

Module assignments

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Oberseminare SS24".
Die Teilnahme an der Vorbesprechung zu dem Oberseminar in das Sie eingetragen werden, ist verpflichtend.
Sollten Sie ein Problem mit der Anmeldung haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an Christina Graß M.Sc.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.01.2024, 13:30 to 24.01.2024, 13:00.
  • This setting is active from 11.01.2024 00:00 to 25.02.2024 23:59.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • This setting is active from 11.01.2024 09:00 to 25.02.2024 15:00.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Master of Science
    • Degree is Master of Education
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 24.02.2024 on 13:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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