Research updates Q1 2022

First publication out in Nature’s Communications Earth and Environment: Societal drought vulnerability and the Syrian climate-conflict nexus are better explained by agriculture than meteorology Abstract: Droughts are often suspected to increase the risk of violent conflict through agricultural production shocks, and existing studies often explore these links through meteorological proxies. In Syria, an alleged agricultural…

Climate Stress Syria: A summary of 2021

Although a not so active year on the blog, in 2021 we have made good progress in the project. Below is a short summary our activities for 2021: Surveys/Interviews Pinar has spent much of her time on the field work that had to be re-arranged due to the pandemic. Together with our research assistant Orwa…

Climate Stress Syria: Who we are

Main project team: The core team consist of Lina Eklund, Pınar Dinç and Petter Pilesjö, from the Department of Pysical Geography and Ecosystem Science/Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University. We also have a few people helping out in different parts of the project, listed below. Lina Eklund has a Ph.D. in Physical Geography and…

Introducing our Climate Stress Syria project

In March 2020, our new FORMAS project on climate stress in Syria was started. The project is a three-year interdisciplinary project for early career researchers, coordinated by Lina Eklund, with Pinar Dinc and Petter Pilesjö as collaborators. The project starts from the Syria Climate-Conflict narrative, and asks in-depth questions about the affected socio-ecological systems. For…