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Making a difference: Emerging scholars in climate change, migration and displacement

20 Oct 2021, 10.35-11.30am


Join the next-generation scholars – working with urgency in a too-rapidly warming world – for a frank discussion about researching climate change and mobility and how to connect research to policy and advocacy work.



Nicodemus Nyandiko (Msinde Muliro University of Science and Technology)

Nicodemus Nyandiko is a senior lecturer in the department of Disaster Management and Sustainable Development of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). Previously, he worked as a Programme Officer with UNDP Myanmar and as a senior agricultural officer with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya. He has designed, implemented and monitored complex national and international research assignments. Recent assignments related to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and food security were delivered for: Africa Union Commission, the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), East Africa Community and Economic Community of Western Africa States. UNDP Africa, government of Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. He has a BSc in Agriculture, and MSc and PhD in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development.  His areas of research are in the areas of food security, resilience, DRR and CCA. Recently, he was appointed as a Co-Chair of  the Research Network on Displacement and Human Mobility in Context of Disasters and Climate Change for Africa.

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Tamara Wood (Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Tamara Wood is a Visiting Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and a Postdoctoral Researcher (external) at the RefMig project, Hertie School, Berlin. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Platform on Disaster Displacement, Coordinating Case Law Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law, Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, Visiting Researcher at the University of Tasmania, and a former Visiting Researcher at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa. She researches in the fields of international refugee law, regional refugee law (with a focus on Africa), free movement agreements, complementary pathways to protection, and displacement in the context of natural hazards, disasters and climate change. She has published widely on refugee protection and forced migration, including in leading international law journals. She has acted as a consultant to UNHCR, the Platform on Disaster Displacement, the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement, Institute for Security Studies Africa and the World Bank.

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Claire Higgins (Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law)

Claire Higgins is Senior Research Fellow at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and an Affiliate Scholar at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration in Washington D.C. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship (2020-22) to continue her historical research on protected entry procedures. She has held visiting fellowships at UCLA's Luskin Center for History & Policy in Los Angeles and the European University Institute, and was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at Georgetown University undertaking comparative research in alternative pathways for safe and orderly access to humanitarian resettlement. She completed her doctorate in history at the University of Oxford examined on the development of Australian refugee policy. Her first book is Asylum by Boat: Origins of Australia’s refugee policy (NewSouth 2017). She has also written for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Forbes. She founded and convenes the Kaldor Centre’s Emerging Scholars Network.

Side event

Ecological threats towards 2050:
Understanding ecological threats, resilience and peace

21 Oct 2021, 12.30-1.30pm

In this side event, co-hosted by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the Australian Intercultural Society, explore the findings from the IEP's newly released Ecological Threat Register, and how we can create more resilient societies better able to adapt to extreme ecological shocks, now and into the future.

A conversation with Steve Killelea AM (Founder and Executive Chairman, IEP); Robert Glasser (Head, ASPI Climate and Security Policy Centre) & Jane McAdam AO (Director, Kaldor Centre), moderated by Anthea Batsakis (The Conversation).

More information is available here

Access to this side event is included in your #Kaldor21 ticket.

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