Rethinking Climate Change, Conflict and Security

International conference, 18-19 October 2012

Sussex Centre for International Security, University of Sussex

We warmly invite you to the two-day international conference, ‘Rethinking Climate Change, Conflict and Security’, taking place at the Sussex Centre for International Security at the University of Sussex, 18th-19th October 2012.

What are the conflict and security implications of global climate change? This question has received widespread attention from policy makers in recent years, with most concluding that climate change will in all likelihood become a significant ‘threat multiplier’ to existing patterns of insecurity and discord.  Academic debate has tended to be more divided, yet despite differences in emphasis a common set of assumptions have come to dominate contemporary academic and policy discourse on climate change and security.

The guiding premise of this two-day international conference at the University of Sussex is that current academic and policy discourse on climate change, conflict and security is framed too narrowly and would benefit from both broadening and critique. Featuring many of the leading scholars of the links between climate change and security, the conference will both set out some of the most recent findings on likely conflict impacts and contest a range of prevailing orthodoxies. It will include a mix of case study and theoretical analyses, including panels on:

  • Theories of climate change and conflict
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Critical discourse analysis and climate security
  • The links between water scarcities, climate change and conflict
  • Migration
  • Case studies from the Arctic to Pakistan
  • Peacemaking, cooperation and climate change

The conference will also feature two keynote addresses, plus a roundtable event featuring leading policymakers in the area of climate security.

The conference is fully open to researchers, students, policymakers, practitioners and the public.

We attach the conference programme for your information and you can find all the details on the website      


To register, please click here: Registration form


Please circulate to anyone who may be interested in the event.

If you require further information, please contact the conference coordinator Joanna Wood at

Supported by the EC Framework 7 project ‘Climate Change, Hydro-Conflicts and Human security’ (CLICO), the Sussex Centre for International Security (SCIS) and Sussex’s School of Global Studies.


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