UNU-EHS chair on social vulnerability

From 2005 to 2012, the chair on social vulnerability we established in Bonn researched social vulnerability of communities and how their resilience can be boosted. Development cooperation must be geared to people’s needs. Our research enhanced our work in the field and served as a basis for policy making. In October 2012, we concluded the project with a final, major conference in Bonn.

Influencing the climate negotiations – Losses are substantially determined by social vulnerability

Influencing the climate negotiations – Losses are substantially determined by social vulnerability

At the 18th world climate summit in Doha, 192 signatory countries are discussing the subject of climate change adaptation. A key aspect of the negotiations is the "loss and damage " concept, which aims to define the actual extent of loss and damage. >more

Keystone Conference "From Social Vulnerability to Resilience in the Context of Climate Adaptation"

Keystone Conference "From Social Vulnerability to Resilience in the Context of Climate Adaptation"

After seven years, the Summer Academy in Hohenkammer closes its doors. In October, the best young researchers of the alumni network in Bonn met once again to resume their work and apply their acquired knowledge for the improvement of politics. >more

Campaigning for Climigrants

Campaigning for Climigrants

We met with Robin Bronen during her stopover in Munich. For years now, the US Human Rights attorney has been campaigning for the Inuit of Alaska, who are being forced to migrate because of climate change. >more

Environmental migration – Up to our necks in water

Environmental migration – Up to our necks in water

International experts explained the role of climate change in global migratory movements at “The world upside down – For a new world risk community”, the Sunday matinee discussion on 21 March 2010. >more

Second expert workshop on “Climate change, environment and migration”

Second expert workshop on “Climate change, environment and migration”

Gradual and sudden environmental changes can result in substantial human displacement and migration. Together with international partners (IOM, UNU, UNEP) we were discussing with experts from around the world from 23 to 24 July 2009 in Munich. >more

New experts for the chair on social vulnerability

New experts for the chair on social vulnerability

In the latter part of the year 2008, the Munich Re Foundation and the UN University (UNU-EHS)appointed three further experts to the Chair in Social Vulnerability, extending the commitment to social vulnerability research to 2012. >more

First Social Vulnerability Bulletin

First Social Vulnerability Bulletin

Welcome to the first Social Vulnerability Bulletin, an annual update of research and activities in the field of social vulnerability. >more (PDF)

The establishment of a UNU Vice Rectorate in Bonn

The establishment of a UNU Vice Rectorate in Bonn

The United Nations University (UNU) and the Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMBF) signed an agreement on the establishment of a UNU Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) on 4 June 2007 >more (PDF)

New holder of the foundation chair

New holder of the foundation chair

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Bohle, geographer and expert on poverty in India, will hold the Chair on Social Vulnerability for the academic year 2006/2007. >more

Water and Health: Struggling for Survival in a South Indian Megacity

Water and Health: Struggling for Survival in a South Indian Megacity

Floods during the monsoon period, water scarcity during the dry months, contaminated drinking water, lack of waste water facilities – embedded in this multifaceted water crisis the populations of the South Indian megacity Chennai are struggling just to maintain their health. >more