Dr. Barbora Sedova

FutureLab Leader




Curriculum Vitae

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


Barbora Sedova (co-)leads the FutureLab - Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration at PIK. In her work, she analyses mechanisms and contextual effects of climate impacts on human (im)mobility and risk of conflict. The overarching goal of her research is to improve adaptation strategies that minimize welfare losses in a changing climate. She applies approaches from econometrics,  geospatial analysis and systematic literature review.

Barbora earned her PhD in Economics at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the University of Potsdam. She has conducted research stays at Columbia University and Yale University. She 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.  Barbora 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. 



Peer-reviewed publications (selected):

Working papers:

  • Global Food Prices, Local Weather and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa (with Lars Ludolph) - under review
  • A Meta-analysis of Climate Migration Literature (with Athene Cook, Lucia Cizmaziova)
  • Inequality and Conflict in the Aftermath of Internal Population Displacement Shocks: Evidence from Nigeria  (with Lars Ludolph and Marta Talevi)
  • Using Random Forest to Analyze the  Effect of Climate Impacts on Conflict (with Sideny Michelini, Jacob Schewe and Katja Frieler)
  • Global Trends Between Conflict- and Disaster-induced Displacement and International Migration (with Robert Beyer, Jacob Schewe and Hermann Lotze-Campen) - submitted
  • From Evidence to Policy: Bridging the Gaps in Climate Migration Research (with Roman Hoffmann and Kira Vinke) - submitted

Work in progres

  • Climate Displacement, Conflict and Migration Cascades to Europe (Jacob Schewe and  Benedikt Mester)
  • Climate Change Impacts on Horizontal Inequality and Conflict (with Michael Oppenheimer)
  • When Does Climate (Im)mobility Cause Conflict? (with Lisa Thalheimer and Michael Oppenheimer)

Policy reports:

German Federal Foreign Office

Project leader 

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:

  • 2021 Verein für Socialpolitik Annual Conference - expected
  • 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:

  • 2020 25th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC)