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Jonas Bergmann

PhD student
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A56 / 301
Email: jonas.bergmann[at]
Postal Address
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam



As part of the EPICC project at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Jonas Bergmann conducts research on climate change and migration in Peru and pursues a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His areas of expertise include migration, human rights, and sustainable development.

Prior to PIK, Mr. Bergmann has consulted for the Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) Working Group on Migration and Environmental Change in Washington D.C., as well as for the World Bank’s Climate Policy Team. His publications have covered various aspects of environmental migration and displacement, and he is co-author of the World Bank’s flagship report "Groundswell" on internal climate migration. Mr. Bergmann has also worked as a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he conducted research on protecting people in mixed migration settings in West Africa.

In addition, he has worked and interned with the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Human Rights Watch, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, the International Human Rights Unit of the German Foreign Service, and the Chilean National Human Rights Institute. He has also participated in various refugee and migration networks as well as co-founded two NGOs for migrant empowerment in Germany and the U.S.

Mr. Bergmann received his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and completed his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs in Dresden, Valparaíso (Chile), and Lyon (France). His studies, both completed with summa cum laude, have been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Georgetown University, the German National Academic Foundation, and the German Economy Foundation.

Mr. Bergmann speaks German, English, Spanish, and French. He is member of the Population-Environment Research Network of IUSSP (PERN), the Young Earth System Scientists community (YESS), and the Young Policy Network on Migration (YPNM, funded by Mercator Foundation Switzerland and NCCR).

Selected Publications

  • Susan F. Martin, Jonas Bergmann, Hanspeter Wyss & Kanta Kumari Rigaud (2018): Environmental change and human mobility: Perspectives from the World Bank, in Robert McLeman & François Gemenne (eds.): Routledge Handbook on Environmental Migration and Displacement. London: Routledge.
  • Susan F. Martin, Elizabeth Ferris, Kanta Kumari Rigaud & Jonas Bergmann (2018): The Global Compacts and Environmental Drivers. KNOMAD Policy Brief 11, July 2018. Washington, DC: KNOMAD.
  • Jonas Bergmann & Susan F. Martin (2018): Addressing Environmental Mobility through Better Institutional Frameworks. KNOMAD Policy Brief 10, January 2018.Washington, DC: KNOMAD.
  • Jonas Bergmann, Julian Lehmann, William Powell & Thomas Munsch (2017): Protection Fallout. How Increasing Capacity for Border Management Affects Migrants’ Vulnerabilities in Niger and Mali. GPPi and DRC/RMMS Report, November 2017: Berlin and Dakar.
  • Susan F. Martin & Jonas Bergmann (2017): Environmental Change and Human Mobility: Reducing Vulnerability & Increasing Resilience. KNOMAD Policy Brief 6, April 2017.
  • Elizabeth Ferris & Jonas Bergmann (2017): Soft law, Migration and Climate Change Governance, Special Issue of the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Vol. 8 No. 1, March 2017, pp. 6–29.
  • Jonas Bergmann (2016): Building Contact between Immigrants and Host Communities is Vital to Integration, World Bank KNOMAD Policy Blog and Migration Newsletter of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
  • Jonas Bergmann (unpublished internal working paper): Institutional Support in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation and Migration, background paper for the World Bank flagship report on “Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration”.
  • Acknowledged contribution to: Georgetown University, UNHCR, IOM (2017): A toolbox: Planning Relocations to Protect People from Disasters and Environmental Change.

Selected Presentations, Lectures, and Panel Discussions

  • Moderator at: Disaster and Climate-induced Displacement & Mobility, with Head of the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Panel in the Migration and Development Series by IOM/GMDAC with the German Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation & Development. Berlin, 08/2017.
  • Panelist at: Building Capacity for Border Management in Mixed Migration Settings: Human Security at Risk?, Side Event at Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Days. Berlin, 06/2017.
  • Panelist at: Human rights perspectives on the governance of migration at borders, with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, OHCHR side event on the margins of consultations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Geneva, 06/2017.
  • Panelist at: Migratory Populations: Opportunities and Challenges in Europe, 2016 Transatlantic Youth Summit, organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States. Washington DC, 07/2016.
  • Speaker at: A 'Storm Ahead'? Protection Challenges in the context of Climate Change and Human Mobility, organized by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Discussion Group on Human Rights. Washington DC, 06/2016.
  • Panelist at: New Ideas, New Solutions? Germany, the Refugee Crisis, and the Importance of Millennials for Integration, organized by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Young Transatlantic Network & Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Washington DC, 02/2016.

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