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Societal impacts of climate stress

An integrated assessment of drought, vulnerability and conflict in Syria
This project looks into the severe drought that affected the Eastern Mediterranean between 2007 and 2009 that has become known as one of many factors leading up to the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

Photo by Maria Löfstedt
Photo by Maria Löfstedt

In this project we are interested in what we can learn from the situation in Syria, focusing on the drought's effects on agriculture, livelihoods and its possible links to international migration. 
Key relevant SDG's: 2, 11, 15 and 16

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Pinar Dinc
Pınar Dinç has received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science at the Department of Government, London School of Economics in January 2017. Her Ph.D. dissertation, Collective memory and competition over identity in a conflict zone: the case of Dersim, explores the causes and mechanisms of ongoing competition over the nature of national identity through a case study of Dersim in the Turkish Republic. 

e-mail: pinar.dinc[at]

twitter: @pinardinch






Lina Eklund
Lina Eklund has a Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University. Her Ph.D. project involved research on the link between people and land in Iraqi Kurdistan. She finished her Ph.D. in 2015 with the dissertation No Friends but the Mountains: Understanding Population Mobility and Land Dynamics in Iraqi Kurdistan. 

e-mail: lina.eklund[at]




Petter Pilesjö
Petter Pilesjö is Senior Researcher at the CMES and also the director of Lund University GIS Centre (since 1995). He is a geographer and a spatial modeller.

e-mail: petter.pilesjö[at]


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