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Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Senior Researcher, United Nations University

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson's research is broad and interdisciplinary with a particular focus on the interconnections between climate change, policy and intersectionality, and their overlaps with human (im)mobility and migration, or health and mental wellbeing.

She is affiliated with UNU-EHS, UCL, and University of Sussex, and alsos lead the mental health work of the Lancet Countdown and was part of the RCPSYCH Climate Emergency and Mental Health Task and Finish Group. She is an editorial board member of ‘Climate and Development’, ‘UCL Open: Environment’ and and editor for SEI WeAdapt's human mobility theme.

Experience

  • 2022–present
    Lecturer in Climate, Policy and Intersectionality, IRDR, UCL
  • 2018–present
    Senior researcher, UNU-EHS
  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Global Health, BSMS, University of Sussex
  • 2015–present
    Associate tutor, University of Sussex / IDS
  • 2013–2018
    Gibika Project Manager, UNU-EHS

Education

  • 2018 
    University of Sussex and IDS (UK), PhD in Development Studies
  • 2011 
    Stockholm University (Sweden) and Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), B.Sc. International Relations
  • 2009 
    Gotland University (Sweden), M.A. Ethnology (Culture Studies)
  • 2009 
    Södertörn University (Sweden), B.A. European Studies (Ethnology)

Publications

  • 2022
    Human mobility, natural resources and sustainability: A review and research gap analysis, Sustainability Science
  • 2022
    Island Stories: Mapping the (im)mobility trends of slow onset environmental processes in three island groups of the Philippines, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • 2022
    Topic modelling exposes disciplinary divergence in research on the nexus between human mobility and the environment, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • 2021
    COVID-19 in India: Who are we leaving behind?, Progress in Disaster Science
  • 2021
    ‘Seeing with Empty Eyes’: a systems approach to understand climate change and mental health in Bangladesh, Climatic Change
  • 2021
    A review of mental health and wellbeing under climate change in small island developing states (SIDS), Environmental Research Letters
  • 2021
    The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises, Lancet
  • 2021
    Climate risk in Africa: adaptation and resilience, Springer Nature
  • 2021
    Correlating heatwaves and relative humidity with suicide (fatal intentional self-harm), Scientific Reports
  • 2021
    The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future, Lancet
  • 2020
    No power without knowledge: a discursive subjectivities approach to investigate climate-induced (im)mobility and wellbeing, Social Sciences
  • 2020
    Impacts of the Global Gag Rule on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Global South: A scoping review, Global Public Health
  • 2020
    ‘I do not like her going to the shelter’: Stories on gendered disaster (im)mobility and wellbeing loss in coastal Bangladesh, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • 2020
    A Review of Estimating Population Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and the Relevance for Migration, Environmental Research Letters
  • 2020
    ‘When we were children we had dreams, then we came to Dhaka to survive’: urban stories connecting loss of wellbeing, displacement and (im)mobility, Climate and Development
  • 2020
    When the disaster strikes: gendered (im)mobility in Bangladesh, Climate Risk Management
  • 2020
    COVID-19: how do you self-isolate in a refugee camp?, International Journal of Public Health
  • 2020
    Trapped in the prison of the mind: notions of climate-induced (im)mobility decision-making and wellbeing from an urban informal settlement in Bangladesh, Palgrave Communications
  • 2019
    I will not go, I cannot go: Cultural and social limits to disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa and Oceania, Disasters
  • 2019
    The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate, Lancet
  • 2019
    Embracing uncertainty: A discursive approach to understanding pathways for climate adaptation in Senegal, Regional Environmental Change
  • 2019
    Climate change, environmental stress and loss of livelihoods can push people towards illegal activities: a case study from coastal Bangladesh, Climate and Development
  • 2018
    Environmental migrants, climate ‘refugees’ and sun-seeking expats: capturing the larger context of migration in a changing climate through appropriate and effective behavioural research, Routledge handbook of environmental displacement and migration
  • 2018
    The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come, Lancet
  • 2018
    The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health, Lancet
  • 2018
    A discursive review of the textual use of ‘trapped’ in environmental migration studies: The conceptual birth and troubled teenage years of Trapped Populations, Ambio
  • 2017
    The Lancet countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change, Lancet
  • 2016
    A people-centred perspective on climate change, environmental stress, and livelihood resilience in Bangladesh, Sustainability Science