Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Senior Researcher

Dr. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson researches (im)mobility, migration, health and wellbeing in the context of climate change. She is a Senior Researcher at UNU-EHS where she leads the “Internal Migration in the Philippines: Adaptation to Climate Change" (IMPACT) project, she is also a part of the Lancet Countdown’s WG1 and WG2, a University of Sussex Lecturer and Co-Investigator on the Sussex Sustainable Research Programme (SSPR) project "DROught, Poverty and HIV drug RESISTance" (DROP-RESIST), a Royal College of Psychiatrists "Climate and Ecological Emergency on Mental Health Task and Finish Group" expert member and an editorial board member of the "Climate and Development" and "UCL Open: Environment" journals.

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Mental health and climate change in small island developing states

This paper reviews research about mental health and wellbeing under climate change in small island developing states (SIDS).

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Climate Risk in Africa: Adaptation and Resilience

This book highlights the complexities around making adaptation decisions and building resilience in the face of climate risk, using insights from sub-Saharan Africa.

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People crossing a river in Bangladesh - Credit: Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

When the disaster strikes: Gendered (im)mobility in Bangladesh

This study investigates gendered (im)mobility during cyclone strikes in Bangladesh, using the Q-based Discourse Analysis to show how and why gender-roles (im)mobilised people.

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A man in coastal Bangladesh looks out over the sea which once was the land people in his village used to live on. Sea level rise related erosion is a common struggle for people in low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh that pushes them to move, adapt and manage around. Credit: Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Estimating Population Exposure to Sea-level Rise and the Relevance for Migration

This review analyses global or near-global estimates of population exposure to sea-level rise and related hazards and examines subsequent estimates of population migration due to this exposure.

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Climate-induced (im)mobility decision-making and wellbeing in Bangladesh

This article investigates climate-induced sociopsychological immobility and its link to Internally Displaced People’s wellbeing in a slum of Dhaka.

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Sonja is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Human Mobility

Every year, millions of people move in the context of disasters. Disasters are expected to increase in frequency and intensity in the context of climate change. This theme explores the forced and voluntary forms of human mobility in the context of climate change, including related protection needs and adaptation options.
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Gender and Social Equality

This theme aims to deepen engagement on issues of gender and social equality in the context of environment and development, foster collaborations and strengthen capacity.
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Disasters and Climate Change

Generating knowledge to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) with equitable, sustainable and resilient development, recognizing that development and DRR are interlinked.  
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Cities and climate change

Views on trends, challenges, findings and case studies of cities adapting throughout the world.
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Adaptation Decision Making

Sharing methods, tools and approaches for adaptation decision-making.
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