Dr. Barbora Šedová

FutureLab Leader




Curriculum Vitae

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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Barbora Šedová (co-)leads the FutureLab - Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration at PIK. In her work, she analyses when and how climate impacts migration and conflicts. Her research aims to reduce risks to human security in a changing climate. She applies approaches from econometrics,  geospatial analysis and systematic literature review. Barbora (co-) leads the PREVIEW project and was the project lead of the Weathering Risk initiative at PIK. She is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Federal German Government on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding.

Barbora earned her PhD in Economics at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the University of Potsdam. For her doctoral thesis, she was awarded the prize for outstanding dissertation of the University of Potsdam. She has conducted research stays at Columbia University and Yale University. Barbora holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Tilburg University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business.  She has also held various research and advisory positions, namely at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands, the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, German Bundestag and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. 



  * lead /corresponding author


Šedová,* Binder, Michelini, Schellens and Rüttinger (2024)
A review of climate security risk assessment tools
Environment and Security


Michelini, Šedová, Schewe and Frieler (2023)
Extreme weather impacts do not improve conflict predictions in Africa
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications

Hoffmann, Vinke and Šedová (2023)
Strengthening the science–policy interface in the climate migration field
International Migration


Martin et al. (2022)
Ten new insights in climate science 2022
Global Sustainability

Zander et al. (2022)
Topic Modelling Exposes Disciplinary Divergence in Research on the Nexus between Human Mobility and the Environment.
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications


Hoffmann, Šedová and Vinke (2021)
Improving the Evidence Base on Climate Migration: Methodological Insights from Two Meta-Analyses.
Global Environmental Change


Šedová,* B. and Kalkuhl, M. (2020)
Who are the Climate Migrants and Where do They Go? Evidence from Rural India.
World Development


Šedová,* Kalkuhl and Mendelsohn  (2019)
Distributional Impacts of Weather and Climate in Rural India.
Economics of Disasters and Climate Change


Šedová (2016)
On causes of illegal waste dumping in Slovakia
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

German Federal Foreign Office
Project lead & Co-PI
Project title: PREVIEW
Project duration: 2022-2025
Partners: Kompetenzzentrum Krisenfrüherkennung (KompZ KFE) an der Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBw M)

German Federal Foreign Office
Project lead
Project title: Weathering Risk: A Climate and Security Risk and Foresight Assessment
Project duration: 2020-2023
Partners: adelphi



11/2020 Berlin Institute of Technology (Berlin, DE)
Guest Lecture in Economics of Climate Policy, Conflicts and Migration in a Changing Climate

07/2020 National Bank of Slovakia (Bratislava, SK)
Lecturer for Economics Summer School, Econometric Methods for Impact Analysis

University of Potsdam (Potsdam, DE)
2016-2019 Teaching Assistant, Economics of Climate Change
2017 Teaching Assistant, Research Papers in Environmental Economics

09/ 2016 Cusanuswerk (Papenburg, DE)
Instructor for Summer Academy, Workshop on DICE model (in German)

Scientific talks:

  • 2022 The Economics of Migration - Junior Seminar
  • 2022 Applied Young Economist Webinar
  • 2021 Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Conference 
  • 2021 Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)
  • 2021 Summer Conference of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) 
  • 2021 The Economics of Migration - Junior Seminar
  • 2020 EAERE
  • 2020 Global Open Series in Environmental Economics (invited)
  • 2019 EAERE (Manchester, UK),
  • 2019 EAERE FEEM VIU summer school (Venice, IT)
  • 2019 CESifo Summer Institute (Venice, IT)
  • 2018 Potsdam Research Seminar in Economics (Potsdam, DE)
  • 2018 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (Gothenburg, SE)
  • 2017 5th PhD Workshop in Empirical Economics (Potsdam, DE)
  • 2017 Impacts World (Potsdam, DE)
  • 2017 EAERE (Athens, GR)
  • 2017 Annual Conference on Development Economics and Policy of German Economic Association (Gottingen, DE)

Stakeholder and public dialogue:

  • 2022 Preview Conference of the Federal Foreign Office
  • 2022 USAFRICOM Climate Security Symposium
  • 2021 NYU’s PractitionersWorkshop on Conflict EarlyWarning/Early Action
  • 2020 25th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC)