Dr Amiera Sawas

Researcher in the Climate Change and Risk Project, SIPRI
Professional background

Dr Amiera Sawas is a Researcher in Climate Change and Risk at SIPRI. She has been conducting research on the intersecting issues of climate change, access to infrastructure, gender and security for 10 years. Amiera is currently researching the linkages between climate change adaptation and security in Pakistan, in partnership with local stakeholders. Amiera previously worked at Imperial College London where she led a new, multi-disciplinary and policy-relevant work stream on climate change and security. Before that, Amiera was part of the Safe and Inclusive Cities research programme funded by the International Development Research Center (Canada). Over 2.5 years she conducted research on gender and violence in urban Pakistan. As her work progressed, the linkages between gender, changing access to environmental resources and violence became increasingly evident. Therefore she became concerned with how climate change and, importantly, responses to climate change would impact security. Amiera has been a consultant to key development, multi-lateral and private sector organisations including the United Nations. Amiera has a Masters in Global Politics from LSE and a PhD in Human Geography (Environment, Politics and Development Stream) from King’s College London.