Sarah Louise NASH, PhD Candidate in Political Science (United Kingdom)

Sarah is currently a PhD student in the research group ‘Climate Change and Security’ at the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she has recently submitted her PhD thesis on international policymaking around the climate change and migration nexus.

Current position: PhD Student at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Turkey

Research focus: The politics of climate change and migration

She is also a Mercator-IPC Fellow at the Istanbul Policy Center, where she is carrying out research on climate change and the displacement that was established in the decisions resulting from the Paris climate change negotiations. She has a keen interest in human rights, climate change, human mobilities, and border politics.

Sarah was awarded a Green Talent in 2012. She impressed the jury with her long-term perspective and dedication to a challenging and complex research topic. During her research stay in Germany, she established contact with experts in her academic field. The following year she received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service for her PhD at the University of Hamburg and submitted her thesis in 2016.

2016/17 Mercator-IPC Fellowship Award
2016 Visiting scholar at the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2012):

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Research focus: Climate-induced migration

A political scientist, Sarah Louise Nash is exploring the human consequences of climate change, particularly climate-induced migration, which threatens to become one of the defining humanitarian, development and political issues of the next century.

Currently a Master's candidate in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Sarah Louise Nash is working at the crossroads of human rights, climate change and population displacement. Her current project focuses on Somalia, where people are being displaced for a wide variety of reasons. “This provides an example which is theoretically very difficult to conceptualise,” says Nash, “and which highlights the practical difficulties faced by the international community in dealing with climate-induced displacement.”

While the social consequences of climate change are not yet clearly understood, Nash points out the very real political ramifications of environmental migration across borders. “The countries most affected by climate change displacement will increasingly look to other countries for support and perhaps also relocation possibilities,” she says. “Addressing the issue will require international collaboration and new global humanitarian policies and practices.” Nash also believes that climate-induced displacement must be included in any discussions on sustainable development. “Any solution for sustainable development and green growth must consider those who have been displaced because of climate change,” she says.

One of the youngest researchers to take part in the 2012 Green Talents competition, Nash impressed the jury with her long-term perspective and dedication to this complex and challenging issue.