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Kira Vinke



Kira Vinke, M.A.
Executive Staff

Wissenschaftliche Referentin des Direktors


Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)
Telegrafenberg A31/Nr.008
14412 Potsdam

Tel.: ++49-(0)331-288-2409
Email: vinke(at)


Kira Vinke works at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as 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). Previously, 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. 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.

Ms. Vinke currently pursues a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the subject of climate change and migration, funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. She 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 was a member of the International Vocal Ensemble. Also, Ms. Vinke studied partly in Tokyo/Japan and Madrid/Spain during her university-level course and interned at the German Embassy in Tokyo as well as the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) in Washington D.C. Ms. Vinke is a member of The Explorers Club (Term 2016, Chapter Western Europe). She speaks English, German, Spanish and on a good day some Japanese and French.


Selected Publications

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. Climatic Risks and Impacts in South Asia: Extremes of Water Scarcity and Excess, Regional Environmental Change, Springer, 2016.

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

Gradwanderungen, Klimawandel und Migration, in Jahrbuch Ökologie 2016, S.Hirzel, 2015

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

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

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


Selected Lectures

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


Kira Vinke