CMES Research Seminar: ECO-Syria - Exploring Conflict-Environment Interactions for Sustainable Development and Conservation
Presentation of a new research project (2023-2026) within the Strategic Research Area "The Middle East in the Contemporary World" (MECW) at CMES.
Pinar Dinc (Political Science), Mo Hamza (Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety), Maria Andrea Nardi (Human Geography), Lina Eklund (Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science), and Hakim Abdi (Centre for Environmental and Climate Science) present their new research project as part of the Strategic Research Area (SRA) The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) at CMES.
Over a decade has passed since the onset of the Syrian conflict, which continues to have dire humanitarian consequences in the region. Syria, with a population of approximately 17 million, ranks among low-income countries, with a gross national income per capita below $1,000. Despite existing discussions on the connections between climate change, conflict, and migration in the Syrian context, insufficient attention has been given to the distinct effects of the conflict-environment nexus on various groups within Syria, particularly the Kurds in the north and east. These regions, collectively known as Rojava, have been implementing an ecological model under the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES).
The project aims to maintain a dual focus on both academic/scientific inquiry and policy relevance. In line with our purpose, this interdisciplinary research project aims to answer two key questions:
- How do internal conflict and cross-border hostilities impact Rojava differently from other parts of Syria in terms of conflict and environment nexus?
- What role could regional and national actors in post-conflict Syria play in fostering sustainable development and environmental democracy?
Over the course of three years, our interdisciplinary team at Lund University will employ a variety of methods, including satellite imagery analysis, archival fieldwork, and elite interviews, to generate scientific knowledge and policy recommendations for sustainable development and environmental democracy in Rojava, and potential relevance and application to Syria at large. This timely project emphasizes both political and environmental dimensions in a region where a new peace process may soon emerge after more than a decade of war.
The talk is held at CMES, Finngatan 16 in Lund. If you are not able to attend in-person, there is an option to attend via Zoom. Please register here for Zoom attendance: https://lu-se.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5ElduGspzwvG9Wo8dOHZR4s7MEV1eV5…
This event is part of the CMES seminar series autumn 2023. For more information, visit the CMES website.
About the event
CMES seminar room (Finngatan 16) and on Zoom
All are welcome!
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