Uppsala University’s Board selects two young researchers for the prize every year, which is awarded at the University’s anniversary celebration in October.
The prize is given on the grounds of their scientific writing and promising prospects at the university. One of the winners this year is Nina von Uexkull, Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research who joined Mistra Geopolitics research programme in 2017.
A central theme in Nina von Uexkull’s research is the security implications of climate change.
In the last years, her work focused on examining the relationship between climate change and the risk of conflicts in Africa by projecting scenarios and explaining the role different factors play in armed conflicts, such as quality of governance, education, the region’s hydrological balance and purchasing power per capita.
Some of her articles with the highest impact are Civil conflict sensitivity to growing-season drought and Climate as a risk factor for armed conflict, published in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
Featured: Dr Nina von Uexkull
Nina works on the Food Security research theme within Mistra Geopolitics, contributing with her expertise on the impacts climate change and natural hazards have on armed conflict and human security. She is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.
Nina von Uexküll
Nina von Uexkull is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Nina is leading the Mistra Geopolitics research theme Food Security in the second programme phase. Her main research areas are the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on armed conflict and human security.
Text written by Ana Calvo, Communications Assistant at SEI.