Nina von Uexkull

Assistant Professor 

Associate Senior Researcher, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas 

Security implications of climate change, land conflict, conflict management, conflict data. Geographic focus: Sub-Saharan Africa and Caucasus.


Quantitative Methods (master level), Lecturer

Peace and Conflict Studies C, Bachelor thesis supervisor

Causes of War (master level), Lecturer


Peer Reviewed Articles

von Uexkull, N., Croicu, M., Fjelde, H., & Buhaug, H. (2016). Civil conflict sensitivity to growing-season drought. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences113(44), 12391–12396. 

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2014. “Sustained Drought, Vulnerability and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.Political Geography 43: 16–26.

Buhaug, Halvard, Jonas Nordkvelle, Thomas Bernauer, Tobias Böhmelt, Michael Brzoska, Joshua W. Busby, Antonio Ciccone, Hanne Fjelde, Erik Gartzke, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Jack A. Goldstone, Håvard Hegre, Helge Holtermann, Jasmin S. A. Link, P. Michael  Link, Päivi Lujala, John O’Loughlin, Clionadh Raleigh, Jürgen Scheffran, Janpeter Schilling, Todd G. Smith, Ole Magnus Theisen, Richard S. J. Tol, Henrik Urdal, and Nina von Uexkull . 2014. “One Effect to Rule Them All? A Comment on Climate and Conflict.” Climatic Change 127(3-4): 391–97.

Fjelde, Hanne, and Nina von Uexkull. 2012. “Climate Triggers: Rainfall Anomalies, Vulnerability and Communal Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Political Geography 31(7): 444–53.

Book chapters

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2014. “Linkages between Climate Variability, Vulnerability and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. A Review.” In Conflict-Sensitive Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa, eds. Urmilla Bob and Salomé Bronkhorst. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 161–76.

Working papers

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2016. “Explaining Participation in Violent Conflicts over Land – A Survey in the Mt. Elgon Region of Kenya” Presented at the Meeting of the European Network for Conflict Research (ENCoRe), Graduate Institute, Geneva, January 2016

Von Uexkull, Nina. 2016. “Volatile Environments: Climate, State Reach and Communal Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa” Earlier versions presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 2015 in New Orleans and awarded the ISA Jacek Kugler Political Demography and Geography Award.

What they are fighting for. Conflict Issues in African Non-state Armed Conflicts 1989-2011” (with Therese Pettersson). Working paper presented at the Meeting of the European Network of Conflict Research (ENCoRe), April 2013 in Amsterdam.

“Managing Intrastate Conflicts 1993-2004: a new dataset.” (with Erik Melander) Paper presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, March 2011 in Montreal. 


Von Uexkull, Nina. 2016. Climate Change, Coping Capacity and Conflict. The Impact of Climate Variability on Organized Violence. Report / Department of Peace and Conflict Research 111. Uppsala: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (PhD Dissertation).

Hallding, Karl, Karina Barquet, Henrik Carlsen, Håvard Hegre, Nina Von Uexkull, and Christie Nicoson. 2016. “Beyond Paris: Using Climate Change Scenarios to Manage Risk.” Forum Policy Brief No. 5, Stockholm Forum on Security and Development. Stockholm: SIPRI, SEI, Uppsala University.

Reports about current political developments in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan (in Swedish) published on, edited by the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency 2010-2012. 

Data contributions to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) yearbooks 2008 - 2010.

Annual Contribution to States in Armed Conflict. Published by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research 2008-2011. 

Nina von Uexkull

Assistant Professor 

Phone: +46 (0)18 471 23 57
Fax: +46-(0)18 69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden