Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Policy and Intersectionality

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson's research area is broad and interdisciplinary.

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Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson is Co-Lead for Funding at SHERA with Dr Adrienne Barnett.

Dr Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson's research area is broad and interdisciplinary with a particular focus on the interconnections between intersectionality, policy and climate change, and their overlaps with human (im)mobility and migration, or health and mental wellbeing. Her research combines primary and secondary data and includes quantitative and qualitative methods, she is also interested in anthropological narrative approaches that support visual alternative ways to communicate research findings.  

In the past, she have conducted field research, lived and worked across countries in South and Central America, Oceania, Africa as well as South and Southeast Asia. She is still affiliated with several UN institutes from this work such as UNU-EHS, UNEP’s International Resource Panel and UNFCCC. I also lead the mental health work of the Lancet Countdown, she is on the SHERA research committee and was part of the RCPSYCH Climate Emergency and Mental Health Task and Finish Group. She is an associate editor of Frontiers: Climate Mobility, and on the editorial boards of ‘Climate and Development’ and ‘UCL Open: Environment’. My work is well-published and widely covered by media outlets across the world.  

At the moment, Sonja is particularly interested in furthering our understanding of psychologically and legally ‘trapped’ populations, gender-based violence and policy protection (or lack of protection), the mental health impacts of humanitarian disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic or specific policy tools and legal systems (such as the family courts), and non-economic losses and damages in the context of the UNFCCC climate negotiations.