Dr. Kira Vinke



Dr. Kira Vinke
Future Lab Social Metabolism and Impacts

Projektleiterin EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities)

Project Lead EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities)


Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)
14412 Potsdam

Tel.: +49-(0)331-288-20788
Email: vinke(at)pik-potsdam.de

Kira Vinke works at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as the project lead of EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities), an interdisciplinary project on the co-production of knowledge about regional climate and hydrological systems and their interactions with agricultural livelihoods, human migration and security. Ms. Vinke is currently co-chairing the Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding of the German Federal Government.

Until June 2018 Ms. Vinke was a research analyst to the director. From 2014-2016 she worked as an analyst to the director for the German Advisory Council on Global Change to the Federal Government (WBGU). In 2014 she worked as a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) on the nexus between climate change and migration into vulnerable cities in Southern Bangladesh. 2016 and 2017 Ms. Vinke worked as an external consultant for the Asian Development Bank developing the flagship report "A Region at Risk - The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific." 

Ms. Vinke completed her doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the subject of climate change and migration. Her studies were funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and she completed part of her field research on a voyage with the Okeanos Foundation to outer island communities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. For her dissertation she received the "Potsdamer Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Preis", a prize for young scientists by the city of Potsdam. Prior to her work at PIK, Ms. Vinke was affiliated with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi in collaboration with the Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU) of Berlin. In New Delhi, she conducted field research on governance in the energy sector and cross-border river administration. Ms. Vinke received her Master's degree in International Relations with highest distinctions from the Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Universität Potsdam. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hawai'i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawai'i (summa cum laude) where she received a scholarship as a member of the International Vocal Ensemble. Also, Ms. Vinke studied partly in Tokyo/Japan and Madrid/Spain during her university-level course. Ms. Vinke is a member of The Explorers Club (Term 2016, Chapter Western Europe). She speaks English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and on a good day some Japanese and French.

Selected Publications

Vinke, K., Gabrysch, S., Paoletti, E., Rockström, J., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2020): Corona and the Climate: A Comparison of Two Emergencies. Global Sustainability. DOI: [10.1017/sus.2020.20]

Vinke, K., Blocher, J., Becker, M., Fong, T., Kambon, A., Ebay, J. (2020): Home Lands – Archipelagic and Island States‘ Policymaking for Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change. German Development Cooperation Report, GIZ & PIK.

Vinke, K., Vinke, H. (2020): Klima, Krieg und Frieden. Gastbeitrag in "Zieht euch warm an, es wird heiß" von Sven Plöger. Westend.

Vinke, K., Édes, B. (2020): A "Triple T Transition" to a sustainable recovery. Expert Speak, Observer Research Foundation.  

Beirat der Bundesregierung Zivile Krisenprävention und Friedensförderung (2020). Stellungnahme. Die COVID-19 Pandemie und ihre Folgen - Herausforderung für Krisenprävention und Friedensförderung. (Co-author).

Vinke, K. (2020): Klima, Krisen und Konflikte: Prävention in schwierigen Zeiten. Vereinte Nationen.

Paoletti, E.; Vinke, K. (2020) Developing a risk framework to address the nexus between climate change, migration and COVID19. Environmental Migration Portal, IOM.

Schellnhuber, H.J.; Vinke, K. (2020): Corona und Klima - Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit. Internationale Politik.

Vinke, K; Hoffmann, R. (2020): Data for a difficult subject: Climate change and human migration. Migration Policy Practice.

Churkina,G; Organschi, A., Reyer, CPO; Ruff, A; Vinke, K; Liu, Z.;   Reck, B. K.; Graedel, T.E.; Schellnhuber, H.J. (2020): Buildings as a global carbon sink. Nature Sustainability.

Vinke, K. (2019): Unsettling Settlements - Cities, Migrants, Climate Change. Rural-Urban Climate Migration as Effective Adaptation?, LIT Verlag, 342 pages.

Wesch, S., Murken, L., Vinke, K. (2019): Warum Klimaschutz Krisenprävention ist: Das Beispiel Burkina Faso. PeaceLab.

Vinke, K. (2019): Die zweite Welle der Migration. Klimafolgen auf den Marshallinseln, in Der geteilte Mantel.

Edenhofer, O., Vinke, K., Schewe, J. (2018): Why Security Policy is Reliant on Effective Climate Policy, in Germany and the World 2030, Econ Verlag.

Löw Beer, D., Schlüter, T., Vinke, K., Farrell, K.N., Schellnhuber, H.J. (2018): Transformationsfonds für die Nachhaltigkeitswende in Leviathan, Nomos Verlag.

Garcia, T., Otto, I., Hewitt, R., Vinke, K. (2018): M2020 – A Mission for the Planet, a Mission for EuropeGreen European Journal.

Vinke, K. (2017): Ein paar Grad mehr Ungerechtigkeit - Klimafolgen in Asien in Asien zwischen wirtschaftlichem Aufstieg und ökologischem Kollaps, Oekom Verlag.

Vinke, K., Schellnhuber, H.J., Laplante, B., et al. (2017): A Region at Risk - The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific. A Report by the Asian Development Bank and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

Schellnhuber, H.J., Vinke, K. (2017): The Green New Deal – ein Ausflug in die reale Utopie in Aus der Zukunft lernen - Unsere Welt in 2030, Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung. 

WBGU - Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (2016): Entwicklung und Gerechtigkeit durch Transformation: Die vier großen I – Ein Beitrag zur deutschen G20-Präsidentschaft 2017 –. Berlin: WBGU. (co-author)

WBGU - Wissenschaftlicher Beirat der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (2016): Der Umzug der Menschheit: Die transformative Kraft der Städte. Berlin: WBGU. (co-author)

Vinke, K., Martin, M., et al. (2016): Climatic Risks and Impacts in South Asia: Extremes of Water Scarcity and Excess, Regional Environmental Change, Springer.

Vinke, K.; Vinke, H., (2015): Zivilcourage 2.0, Ravensburger Buchverlag, 192 pages.

Vinke, K. (2015): Gradwanderungen, Klimawandel und Migration, in Jahrbuch Ökologie 2016, S.Hirzel.

Vinke, K. (2009): FMLN Victory - A Glimmer of Hope for a Heavily Handicapped Future: COHA Monitor Observes Election, Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

Vinke, K. (2009): Revamping U.S.-Cuban Politics: Playing the Guantánamo Card in a Game of Constructive Diplomacy, Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

Vinke, K. (2009): Mixed Results in Salvadoran Elections, Washington Report on the Hemisphere (print).

Selected Lectures

Panelist, Strategiewandel durch Klimawandel? Wie klimatische Veränderungen unsere Sicherheitspolitik prägen, Zentrum Informationsarbeit Bundeswehr & Youth Atlantic Treaty Organization, Berlin, Deutschland 03/2020

Session Chair, Climate Change and Human Migration: Data for a Difficult Subject, International Forum on Migration Statistics, Cairo, Egypt, 02/2020

Expertenanhörung, Klimawandel und Sicherheit, Unterausschuss zivile Krisenprävention, Deutscher Bundestag, Berlin, Deutschland 11/2019.

Hauptvortrag, Ohne Klimaschutz kein Frieden EKD Synode, Dresden, Deutschland 11/2019

Presentation, Moving Beyond Conceptualizations: The Reality of Climate Migration in the 21st Century, Humanitärer Kongress, Berlin, Deutschland 10/2019

Panelist, Der Klimawandel und seine sicherheitspolitischen Folgen, Gesellschaft für Sicherheitspolitik, Berlin, Deutschland 09/2019

Speaker, Levers of Change for Effective Climate Action, Cambridge Global Conversations – Ethics in a Time of Climate Change, Intellectual Forum Jesus College, Cambridge, UK (07/2019).

Presentation, Climate Change and Human Security in the South Caucasus, 6th South Caucasus Security Forum, Tbilisi, Georgia (5/2019).

Presentation "Migrate or Stay in the Face of Danger? Climate Migration and Human Security" Global Climate Governance and China’s Role - Between Katowice and New York, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Shanghai, China (02/2019).

Lecture "Klimawandel, Migration und Sicherheit" Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany (12/2018).

Presentation "Migration als Anpassungsstrategie an den Klimawandel?" Vernetzungsworkshop Flucht und Entwicklung, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, Germany (11/2018).

Presentation "A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific" North American Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank, Washington D.C., USA (05/2018).

Lecture "Global Security Implications of Climate Change" US Army War College, Carlisle, USA (05/2018).

Presentation "Climate Change and Migration" Climate Change Agriculture and Health Radcliffe Accelerator Workshop, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University, Boston, USA (05/2018).

Presentation "Mixed Method Approaches to Climate Conflict Risk Analysis" Data Workshop PreView, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany 01/2018

Presentation "Climate Change and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa" EU Pavilion Side Event, COP23, Bonn,Germany, 11/2017

Presentation "Protecting our Climate through the Courts" German Development Institute Side Event, COP 23, Bonn, Germany, 11/2017

Lecture "Humanity on the Move: The Urbanization Challenge" Technical University Berlin, Berlin; Germany 10/2017

Presentation "Klimawandel, Migration und Sicherheit" Fachgespräch Klima: Handeln und Verhandeln, GIZ, Bonn, 05/2017

Presentation "Migration as Adaptation to Climate Change?"  Harvard Climate Week, Harvard University, Boston, USA, 04/2017

Plenary Presentation "The Paris Pathway for Asia and the Pacific" Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN - Forum), Colombo,Sri Lanka, 10/2016

Lecture “Climate Change, Migration and Health” Climate Change and Health Short Summer Course, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg, Germany, 07/2016

Lecture “Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement” Climate Change in Kosovo Conference, German Embassy, Pristina, Kosovo, 11/2015

Presentation “Climate Impacts: Migration and Justice” Yale Global Justice Conference, Yale University, New Haven, USA, 10/2015

Lecture “Population Displacement under Climate Change” Barcelona Global Health Summer School, Barcelona, Spain, 07/2015

Lecture “Human Progress Within Planetary Guardrails”, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines, 04/2015

Presentation Salzburg Global Seminar “Addressing the Challenges of Climate Migration – Case Study Bangladesh”, Session 555 Expert Group Meeting, Salzburg, Austria, 12/2014

Speaker American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY), Aspen, USA, 08/2014

Panelist “Moving Beyond Universalism – Reframing the Climate Debate” conference, hosted by the Stanley Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi, India, 2/2014

Panelist at the India-Berlin Business Conference, Panel: “Water – German Expertise for a sustainable Water Supply,” German Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, Germany, 09/2013