PIK scientist Barbora Šedová awarded with outstanding dissertation of the year

 
07/01/2022 - PIK scientist Barbora Šedová's doctoral thesis has been recognised by the University of Potsdam as the outstanding dissertation of the year 2021.
PIK scientist Barbora Šedová awarded with outstanding dissertation of the year
Barbora Šedová at the ceremony. Photo: Christopher Bren d'Amour

To what extent and how does the climate crisis cause people to leave their homes? For five years, from 2016 to 2021, Slovakian economist Barbora Šedová has examined this topic in preparing her doctoral thesis. Five months of her research was based at the elite US universities Yale and Columbia, and she has spent the rest of her time at the Berlin-based climate research institute MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change). Now the result, which was rated summa cum laude, has been recognised by the University of Potsdam as the outstanding dissertation of year 2021

Supervised by Matthias Kalkuhl, head of the working group Economic Growth and Human Development at MCC, she conducted research on climate migration in the Global South and its dependence on income, education, and agriculture as well as access to adaptation technologies and insurance. She has shown that rural migration in India is more likely to be an adaptation to adverse climate impacts than in sub-Saharan Africa where people often cannot afford to move due to low incomes. And local climate events are more likely to affect domestic migration, while comprehensive shocks transmitted via agricultural producer prices affect migration to neighbouring countries. Barbora Šedová currently heads the FutureLab "Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration” at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as the project “Weathering Risk” on wars and conflicts affected by global heating, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.


Reference of the cited doctoral thesis:

Sedova, B., 2021, Heterogeneous Effects of Weather and Climate Change on Human Migration, Universität Potsdam
https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/opus4-ubp/frontdoor/index/index/docId/53673

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