Alison Heslin is a postdoctoral research fellow in the World Population (POP) and Risk and Resilience (RISK) programs. Her research focuses on the social consequences of environmental change, including how climatic changes affect social movements, migration, and conflict.
Dr. Heslin's current research expands upon her dissertation work, which addressed the causes and mobilization processes of contemporary food riots. She is expanding this research at IIASA to understand how environmental factors, such as temperature and rainfall, interact with social characteristics, such as inequality, education, and governance structures, to mobilize or prolong conflict events.
Prior to joining IIASA, Dr. Heslin worked as a Visiting Professor at New York University. She holds a PhD in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, USA and is the second recipient of the IIASA Peter E. de Janosi Fellowship.
Areas of Expertise
- Social Movements
- Migration and Citizenship
- Food Security
- Social Conflict
- Environmental Migration
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