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Robert Oakes

Senior Researcher, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University

Dr. Robert Oakes works in the Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices (EMIC) Division at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). He researches the reasons for, and outcomes of mobility including evacuation, displacement, voluntary migration, planned relocation in addition to those who are unwilling, or unable to move. In so doing, he hopes to contribute to understanding in which circumstances mobility should be considered a form of adaptation, and when it represents loss and damage. He undertook his PhD at the University of Sussex where he investigated evacuation decision-making.


  • 2014–2023
    Senior Researcher, United Nations University


  • 2014 
    University of Sussex, PhD in Geography
  • 2008 
    University of Sussex, MA in Environment, Development and Policy
  • 2002 
    University of Manchester, BA in Modern History with Economics