Research

Dr. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson is a Lecturer in Global Health at BSMS, University of Sussex who researches (im)mobility decisions, migration, health and wellbeing in the context of environmental stress and climatic changes. She is also a Senior Researcher at UNU-EHS and part of WG1 and WG2 in the Lancet Countdown.

Between the years of 2013 and 2018 she worked in Bangladesh as a project manager in collaboration with ICCCAD and MRF. Her research combined quantitative and qualitative methods such as Q, survey design, storytelling methodology, personal life history interviews and discourse analysis with the aim to further develop anthropological research approaches that support the interaction with people facing climatic stress, while exploring alternative ways to communicate research findings through mediums of photography, visual communication and photo films.

In 2015 she joined the work of the Lancet Commission and the Lancet Countdown that is tracking the connections between climate change and public health until 2030. Here she is part of WG1 and WG2 and mainly studies the linkages between climate change, mental health, migration and disasters, she is also the Latin- and South American spokesperson and work closely with the Brazilian partner organisations in São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

Her area of expertise is fairly broad and interdisciplinary, and includes:  Climate change, health and wellbeing; Development Studies; Disaster (displacement) and mental health; Environmental changes, loss of natural resources and conflict, Limits to adaptation and livelihood resilience; Migration, (im)mobility decision-making, and Trapped Populations; Non-economic losses and damages; Socio-cultural perceptions of risk, identity and gender; Storytelling methodology, life histories and discourse analysis.