Sara Vigil is a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI, Asia center in Bangkok) within the Gender, Environment, and Development research cluster. Her research explores the overlapping interconnections between climate change, migration, and land grabbing. Her current work focuses on the gendered causes and impacts of migration in the context of environmental change, as well as on the barriers and facilitating factors for transformative environmental activism.
Prior to joining SEI, Sara was a researcher and policy advisor at The Hugo Observatory. In that role, she served as a management committee member of the Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics (EDGE) H2020 project and a research partner of the Migration, Environment, and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy project (MECLEP) led by the International Organization for Migration. Sara has consulted on climate change and migration issues for the World Bank, the Nansen Initiative, the International Organization for Migration, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and has served as a member of the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sara has lectured on international cooperation, migration governance, and environmental geopolitics at Sciences Po Paris, Paris 13-Sorbonne University, and at the Brussels School of Journalism and Communication. Sara was also a visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
Sara holds a joint PhD degree in Social and Political Sciences and Development Studies from the University of Liege and from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University Paris V-Sorbonne. Sara is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
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