Alison Heslin




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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Affiliation: IIASA
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The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. It is a collaboration among the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Demography Group and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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