Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Lecturer in Global Health at BSMS, University of Sussex and Senior Researcher at UNU-EHS, University of Sussex

Dr. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson is a Lecturer in Global Health at BSMS, University of Sussex who researches (im)mobility decisions, migration, health and wellbeing in the context of environmental stress and climatic changes. She is also a Senior Researcher at UNU-EHS and part of WG1 and WG2 in the Lancet Countdown.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer in Global Health, BSMS, University of Sussex
  • 2015–present
    Associate tutor, University of Sussex / IDS
  • 2018–present
    Senior research associate, UNU-EHS
  • 2013–2018
    Gibika Project Manager, UNU-EHS


  • 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)


  • 2019
    Embracing uncertainty: A discursive approach to understanding pathways for climate adaptation in Senegal, Regional Environmental Change
  • 2019
    I will not go. I cannot go: Cultural and social limits to disaster preparedness in Asia, Africa and Oceania, Disasters
  • 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