M.Sc. Jonas Bergmann


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 supports the Peruvian government scientifically in developing a strategic Action Plan on Climate Migration as well as the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). Simultaneously, he pursues a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the well-being consequences of different forms of migration from areas with climate hazards across Peru's three large regions: the coastal desert, the highlands, and the Amazon rainforest.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2030
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


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's teaching includes a block seminar on Climate Risks and Migration at the University of Dresden. He 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

  • Jonas Bergmann, Kira Vinke, Carlos Fernandez Palomino, Christoph Gornott, Stephanie Gleixner, Rahel Laudien, Anastasia Lobanova, Josef Ludescher & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2021): Assessing the Evidence: Climate Change and Migration in Peru. Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM): Potsdam and Geneva.
  • Jonas Bergmann, Kira Vinke, Carlos Fernandez Palomino, Christoph Gornott, Stephanie Gleixner, Rahel Laudien, Anastasia Lobanova, Josef Ludescher & Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (2021): Too much, too little water: Addressing climate risks, no-analog threats and migration in Peru. In Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Policy Brief Series Vol. 6 (Issue 1).
  • Susan F. Martin & Jonas Bergmann (2021): (Im)mobility in the age of COVID-19. In: International Migration Review, SAGE Journals.
  • Susan F. Martin, Jonas Bergmann, Kanta Kumari Rigaud & Nadege Desiree Yameogo (2020): Climate Change, Human Mobility and Development. In Migration Studies (Oxford University Press).
  • Kira Vinke, Jonas Bergmann, Julia Blocher, Roman Hoffmann & Himani Upadhyay (2020): Migration as Adaptation? In Migration Studies (Oxford University Press).
  • Susan F. Martin & Jonas Bergmann (2020): Covid-19 and the transformation of migration and mobility globally – Shifting forms of mobility related to COVID-19. In Time for a re-set: Implications for migration policies arising from COVID-19. International Organization for Migration (IOM). Geneva.
  • Mechthild Becker, Kira Vinke & Jonas Bergmann (2020): Vom wütenden Wett er vertrieben. In: Welt-Sichten Dezember/Januar  12-2020/1-2021, 34-36.
  • Julia M. Blocher, Jonas Bergmann, Himani Upadhyay & Kira Vinke (accepted): Too hot, wet and deserted: Climate Change and Internal Displacement in India, Peru, and Tanzania. Insights from the EPICC Project at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Background Paper for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
  • Susan F. Martin, Jonas Bergmann & Kanta Kumari Rigaud (under review): Addressing shifts in human (im)mobility under climate change and COVID-19. In: KNOMAD Policy Brief.
  • Jonas Bergmann (under review): Planned relocation in Peru: Moving from well-intentioned legislation to good practice. In Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (Springer).
  • Jonas Bergmann (2019): Double Exposure: The Role of Gender in Climate Migration. In Journal of the International Alliance of Women 14 (1), pp. 13–15.
  • Kanta Kumari Rigaud, Alex de Sherbinin, Bryan Jones, Jonas Bergmann, Viviane Clement; Kayly Ober, Jacob Schewe, Susana Adamo, Brent McCusker, Silke Heuser & Amelia Midgley (2018): Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration. World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • World Bank (2018): Policy Notes 1-3 on Internal Climate Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America. World Bank, Washington, DC (Author).
  • 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

Teaching includes a block seminar on Climate Risks and Migration at the University of Dresden.