Biography | Research interests | PhD Dissertation | Publications | Presentations | Teaching
I am a policy analyst and researcher with over eight years of professional experience on issues related to climate change, adaptation, migration, gender, and governance. I'm currently a research associate/PhD candidate at the University of Bonn with the TransRe Project. My research in this capacity focuses on the governance of the climate-adaptation-migration nexus. I'm also the editor of the blog Connecting the Spots and a consultant with the World Bank's Climate Analytics and Advisory Services team on their forthcoming report on climate change and migration.
Prior to joining the TransRe Project, I worked at the World Bank, Overseas Development Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center, and World Resources Institute, among others. I hold an MSc in environment and development (Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in international studies with a focus on Latin America (cum laude) from American University. I am a native of Washington, DC and fluent in Spanish.
Conceptual : adaptation, resilience, translocality, governance
Thematic : migration, adaptation, gender, governance
Regional : Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru); Southeast Asia (Thailand)
Governing the climate-migration-adaptation nexus. A multi-level stakeholder and policy analysis in Thailand
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Ober, K. and Sakdapolrak, P. (2017) How do social practices shape policy? Analysing the field of ‘migration as adaptation’ with Bourdieu's ‘Theory of Practice.’ The Geographical Journal, 183(4), 359-369.
Sterly, H., Ober, K., Sakdapolrak, P. (2016) Migration for Human Security? The Contribution of Translocality to Social Resilience. Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, 3(1), 57-66.
Sakdapolrak, P., Naruchaikosol, S., Ober, K., Peth, S., Porst, L., Rockenbauch, T., Tolo, V. (2016) Migration in a changing climate. Towards a translocal social resilience approach. DIE ERDE, 147(2), 81-94.
Fuenfgeld, H., Sterly, H., Sakdapolrak, P., Naruchaikosol, S., Ober. K, Peth, S., Porst, L., Rockenbauch, T. (2018) Migration for Adaptation - A Guidebook for Integrating Migration and Translocality into Community-Based Adaptation. TransRe Project, University of Bonn, Germany.
Ober, K. (2014). How the IPCC views migration. An assessment of migration in the IPCC AR5. TransRe Fact Sheet No. 1, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany.
Ober, K. (2014). Migration as adaptation: exploring mobility as a coping strategy for climate change. UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition, Oxford, UK.
Ober, K. (2010). Meeting the Needs of Latin America's Rural and Urban Populations, Point of View, Centerpoint. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
Selected Popular Press
Ober, K. and Sakdapolrak, P. (2015, 3 Dec). The links between climate change and migration. Chinadialogue.
Ober, K. (2014, 1 Oct). Risk Assessment Reigns in Budgeting, Except When it Comes to Climate. Truthout.
Ober, K. (2012, 19 Jul). Center for American Progress Takes on Climate Change, Migration, and Why They Matter to U.S. National Security. New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2011, 14 Nov). In Colombia, Rural Communities Face Uphill Battle for Land Rights. New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2011, 11 Feb). Catastrophe or strategy? Chinadialogue.
Ober, K. (2010, 11 Nov). No Peace Without Women. New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2010, 29 Jul). Drug Barons, Poachers, Ranchers, Oh My! Guatemala’s Forests Under Siege. New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2010, 8 Jul). Time to Give a Dam: Alternative Energy as Source of Cooperation or Conflict? New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2010, 21 Jan). Water: The Next Climate Negotiation Tool? New Security Beat.
Ober, K. (2017). "Challenging the Constructs of Climate-Migration Policymaking", Kolloquium, Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung, Universität Wien, Austria, 18.10.17
Ober, K. (2017). "The King, Coups, and IOs...Oh my! Climate change adaptation policy assemblages in Thailand", American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 8.4.17
Ober, K. (2016). "The governance of "migration as adaptation": (dis)entangling power and politics with Bourdieu's Theory of Practice", American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, 28.03.16
Ober, K. & Porst, L. (2014). “Building Resilience Through Translocality, Climate Change, Migration and Social Resilience in Rural Thailand”, Multilocality in the Global South and North: Factors, features and policy implications, TU Dortmund, 18.9.2014
Ober, K. (2014). “Migration as Adaptation: reality or rhetoric? The influence of sedentary bias on climate adaptation funding”, Parallel Worlds? Environmental Change, Regional Adaptation and the Role of Migration, University of Cologne, 4.7.2014
TransRe Short Course | "Does Migration Move You? The impacts of climate change on migration and the concepts, methods, and policies behind them”, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 26.06.15