State of the Field: Charting a Collective Agenda for Gender and Climate Security Research
5 October, 4-5:30 pm CEST / 10-11:30 am EST

The climate crisis is the existential threat of our time. The impacts of climate change inflame underlying political, social, and economic conditions, in some cases leading to forced displacement or provoking violent conflict. Research shows that climate-conflict risks are not gender-neutral, but exacerbate pre-existing vulnerabilities and patterns of discrimination. These same inequalities marginalize women and girls from participating in solutions. Thus, gender-responsive action on both climate and conflict is critical.

This roundtable convened top researchers from around the world working at the intersection of climate change, gender, and security. Speakers presented “flash presentations” of their main areas of research and identify what they see as the most urgent gaps in knowledge. The second half of the session featured a broader conversation on the state of the field, with the goal of identifying pathways toward accelerating meaningful progress.

Watch a recording of the session here


  • Cate Owren, Senior Gender Programme Manager, Global Programme on Governance and Rights, International Union for Conservation of Nature

  • Janet Edmond, Senior Director, Peace and Development, Center for Environment and Peace, Conservation International

  • Angie Daźe, Senior Policy Advisor and Gender Equality Lead, Resilience, International Institute for Sustainable Development

  • Mayesha Alam, Senior Fellow (Non-Resident), United Nations University Centre for Policy Research

  • Elizabeth Smith, Research Assistant, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

  • Hannah Elisabeth Kurnoth, Climate Security Analyst, adelphi

  • Jessica Smith, Research & Policy Manager, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security 

  • Marisa O. Ensor, Gender Interest Group, Environmental Peacebuilding Association



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