UNU-EHS: who we are, what we do

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    The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations and acts as a global think tank.

    Our mission, as the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), is to carry out cutting-edge research on risks and adaptation related to environmental hazards and global change.

    Our research promotes policies and programmes to reduce these risks, while taking into account the interplay between environmental and societal factors.

    Research areas include climate change adaptation incorporating insurance-related approaches, environmentally induced migration and social vulnerability, ecosystem services and environmental deterioration processes, models and tools to analyze vulnerability and risks linked to natural hazards, with a focus on urban space and rural-urban interfaces. Research is always conducted with the underlying goal of connecting solutions to development pathways.

    Beyond our research mandate, UNU-EHS is actively engaged in education. We offer a joint Master of Science degree programme called The Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security, with the University of Bonn.

    Here at UNU-EHS we also host a number of international PhD projects and courses on global issues of environmental risks and sustainable development.

    UNU-EHS is composed of the following academic sections:

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