Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson | MENAFN.COM


(MENAFN – The Conversation) Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson is a Senior Researcher at UN University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and a Lecturer at University of Sussex who researches health, wellbeing, (im)mobility and migration, in the context of environmental stress and climatic changes.

She also leads the work on mental health, disasters, migration, displacement and immobility within the Lancet Countdown’s WG1 and WG2. The Lancet Countdown is tracking the connections between health and climate change until 2030.


  • 2018present Senior researcher, UNU-EHS
  • 2019present Lecturer in Global Health, BSMS, University of Sussex
  • 2015present Associate tutor, University of Sussex / IDS
  • 20132018 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)


  • 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 No power without knowledge: a discursive subjectivities approach to investigate climate-induced (im)mobility and wellbeing, Social Sciences
  • 2020 A Review of Estimating Population Exposure to Sea-Level Rise and the Relevance for Migration, Environmental Research Letters
  • 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 Embracing uncertainty: A discursive approach to understanding pathways for climate adaptation in Senegal, Regional Environmental Change
  • 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 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 The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come, Lancet
  • 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 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


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