Dr. Kristina Petrova

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kristina Petrova is a Postdoctoral Researcher, who works at Research Department 3 - Transformation Pathways and focuses on the interplay between human mobility and climate change. The research is part of the HABITABLE project.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 249
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Peer-reviewed articles:


12. Michelini, Sidney, Petrova, Kristina, Gong, Chris, & Zantout, Karim (2024). Improving on Complexity: Ideas for Enhancing Quantitative Modeling of Climate Mobility. Annalen der Physik, 2300545, https://doi.org/10.1002/andp.202300545

11. Petrova, Kristina.[Review of:] Catastrophes, confrontations, and constraints: how disasters shape the dynamics of armed conflict. Environmental Politics, https://doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2024.2317107

10. Petrova, Kristina and Elisabeth L. Rosvold. Mitigating the legacy of violence: Can flood relief improve people’s trust in government in conflict-affected areas? Evidence from Pakistan. World Development. 173: 106372. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2023.106372

9.  Carlsen, Henrik, Nina Weitz, Kristina Petrova and Eric Kemp-Benedict. Targeting historical lock-ins to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Sustainable Development. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.2929 


8. Petrova, Kristina. Caught in the Maelstrom, Catching the Tide: Micro-level Responses to Climate-Related Hazards and Conflict. Doctoral thesis. Uppsala University.

7. Petrova, Kristina, Gudlaug Olafsdottir, Håvard Hegre and Elisabeth Gilmore. The ’conflict trap’ reduces economic growth in the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Environmental Research Letters, 18.2: 024028. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/acb163


6. Petrova, Kristina (2022). Floods, communal conflict and the role of local state institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Political Geography, 92: 102511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2021.102511

5. Nohrstedt, Daniel, Charles F. Parker, Nina von Uexkull, Johanna Mard, Frederike Albrecht, Kristina Petrova, Lars Nyberg, et al. (2022). Disaster Risk Reduction and the Limits of Truisms: Improving the Knowledge and Practice Interface. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 67 (January): 102661. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2021.102661


4. Petrova, Kristina (2021). Natural hazards, internal migration and protests in Bangladesh. Journal of Peace Research, 58(1): 33–49. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343320973741


3. Hegre, Håvard, Kristina Petrova and Nina von Uexkull (2020). Synergies and Trade-Offs in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability, 12(20). https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208729


2. Hegre, H. et al (2019). ViEWS: A political violence early–warning system. Journal of Peace Research, 56(2): 155–176. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343319823860


1. Peters, Katie, Leigh Mayhew, Olena Borodyna, Hannag Measures, Kristina Petrova, Christie Nicoson, Pernilla Nordqvist, Laura Peters. Climate change, conflict and security scan: December 2018–March 2019. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK.

HABITABLE - Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration. https://habitableproject.org/.

Seminar Teacher. Conflict Analysis. Uppsala University. BA-level.
Seminar Teacher. Peace and Security. Uppsala University. BA-level.
Course Convener. Causes of Armed Conflict. Uppsala University. BA-level.
Seminar Teacher. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. Uppsala University. MA-level.
Supervisor and Lecturer. Bachelor Thesis. Uppsala University. BA-level.
Guest Lecturer. Climate Mobility. Columbia University. MA-level.