The Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has been located in Bonn since December 2003. Its intention is to carry out cutting-edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change processes. The institute’s work promotes policies and programmes aiming at risk reduction while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors.
The main research topics include climate change adaptation incorporating insurance-related approaches, environmentally-induced migration and social vulnerability, ecosystem services and environmental deterioration processes, models and tools to analyse vulnerability and risks linked to natural hazards, with a focus on urban space and rural-urban interfaces. Research is always conducted with the underlying goal of connecting solutions to development pathways.
Beyond its research mandate, UNU-EHS is actively engaged in education. It offers the joint Master of Science degree programme “The Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” with the University of Bonn. UNU-EHS also hosts a number of international PhD projects and courses on global issues of environmental risks and sustainable development. Since October 2018, Prof Dr Dirk Messner is director of the Institute.
Source: UNU-EHS website