Climate and Conflict: Past Evidence and Research Gaps

Please note: This page refers to an event that has already taken place.

Time: Tue 11 (09:30) - Wed 12 (13:00) September 2012
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

​The workshop on “Climate and Conflict: Past Evidence and Research Gaps” will be held at PRIO on 11–12 September 2012. The event marks the end of a three-year research project on “Security Implications of Climate Change”, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The workshop will consist of six sessions with 13 paper presentations. Each paper is allocated a total of 40 minutes, and presenters are asked to prepare brief presentations (15-20 mins) to allow ample time for questions and discussion.

The submission deadline is 31st of August. All papers should be sent to Gerdis Wischnath ( and will be made available below.

The workshop will take place in Operasjonssentralen in the Red Cross building adjacent to PRIO.


Tuesday 11 September

09:30     Welcome

09:40     Session I

  • David Zhang

  Climate Change: The Major Player or Background Noise in Causing Wars

  • Vally Koubi

Environmental Degradation and Migration


11:00     Coffee break

11:15     Session II

  • Gerdis Wischnath & Halvard Buhaug

No Climate Effect on Asian Civil Wars

  • Kristian Hoelscher & Katie Edelen

Climate Change and Local Conflict in Bangladesh


12:30     Lunch

13:30     Session III

  • Nils Petter Gleditsch

Climate, Weather, and Conflict

  • Wario R. Adano

Climate Change, Climate Adaptation and Conflict in the Horn of Africa

  • Ole Magnus Theisen

On Resources and Responses: Climate Change, Land-tenure, and Agro-pastoral Conflict in the Western Sahel and East Africa

15:45     Coffee break

16:00     Session IV

  • Hanne Seter

Climate-related Natural Disasters and Small-Scale Violent Conflict: A Disaggregated Approach

  • Nina von Uexkull

Climate Variability and Armed Intrastate Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa 1990-2008 - A Disaggregated Analysis


20:00     Dinner - Ekeberg Restauranten


Wednesday 12 September

09:30     Session V

  • Tobias Böhmelt

Demand, Supply, and Restraint: Determinants of Domestic Water Conflict and Cooperation

  • Theresa Tribaldos

Conflict and Cooperation over Domestic Water Resources: Case Study on Morocco


10:50     Coffee break

11:05     Session VI

  • Halvard Buhaug, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Espen Sjaastad & Ole Magnus Theisen

Food Security and Violent Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Henrik Urdal

Town and Country: Climate Change and Expected Urban-Rural Variation in Conflict Patterns


12:25     Good-bye

12:30     Lunch