Julia Blocher is a Doctoral Fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), as well as a Ph.D candidate and an Associate Member of the Hugo Observatory. Her main research interests are in the interaction of political, social and environmental factors in human mobility outcomes – migration, displacement and planned relocations – in the context of climate change. Her work at the University of Liege has included field-based research for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)-led ‘Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy’ (MECLEP) and for the FP7 Consortium ‘High-End cLimate Impact eXtremes’ (HELIX) projects. Ms. Blocher is the President of the International Youth Federation (IYF).
Prior to joining PIK, Ms. Blocher was a Project Manager at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research in New York (UNU-CPR), a think tank within the UN system. She has recently lectured at Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité (Paris XIII) and Addis Ababa University. She previously worked for the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC-NRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She holds a Master 2 from Sciences Po Paris.