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Kira Vinke



Kira Vinke, M.A.
Executive Staff

Projektleiterin EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities)

Project Lead EPICC (East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities)


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 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. In this capacity, she developed a project to research with other scientists early warning signals for climate change-related conflict risks. 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 developing the flagship report "A Region at Risk - The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific."

Ms. Vinke defended 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. 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

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

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


Kira Vinke