DPCR Alumni Talks 2023: Water, Climate, and Peace


The DPCR Alumni Association held its seventh Alumni Talks on 10 May 2023 in cooperation with Uppsala Peace and Development Students’ Association (UPaD). The Alumni Talks are held annually, each year with a different theme. This year, we welcomed four distinguished guests, Ashok Swain, Anders Jägerskog, Kyungmee Kim, and Jakob Schabus who talked about the intricate connections between water resources, climate change, and peace. The panel was moderated by Vivian Hoac, the Head of Education at UPaD.

Our esteemed speakers:

Ashok Swain is a Professor and Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, where he also serves as the UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation and Director of the Research School of International Water Cooperation. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the 'Environment and Security' journal, jointly published by Sage Publishing and the Environmental Peacebuilding Association.

Anders Jägerskog is Program Manager of the Cooperation on International Waters in Africa Trust Fund. He is also the focal point at the World Bank for Transboundary Waters. His work focuses primarily on the African continent and on the Middle East and North Africa region. Previously he was Counsellor for regional water resources in the MENA region at the Swedish Embassy in Amman and Jordan. He was the Director of Knowledge Services at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) where he headed the Transboundary Water Management Unit and was work area leader for applied research.

Kyungmee Kim is a Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in the Climate Change and Risk Programme, specializing in climate change and conflict, as well as environmental peacebuilding. She earned her PhD in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University in 2021, with her dissertation titled "Civil Resistance in the Shadow of War: Explaining Popular Mobilization against Dams in Myanmar." Dr. Kim is also a member of the Research School for International Water Cooperation at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, which is part of the UNESCO Center for Water Cooperation. Before her doctoral research, she worked on international water cooperation and civil society empowerment at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Jakob Schabus is a Communications Manager at Stockholm International Water Institute with a deep passion for engaging audiences in political subjects and making complex ideas accessible. He has extensive experience in writing, editing, and public speaking. Prior to joining the Communications Department, Jakob served as a Programme Officer in SIWI's International Policy team and as a Research Assistant at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. He holds a Master of Social Science from Uppsala University, with expertise in climate change, water governance, and the protection of civilians during crises.

Last modified: 2023-06-12