CLISEL (Climate Security with Local Authorities)

CLISEL is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action project funded by the European Commission, which falls under the Ethical/Societal Dimension topic 3: Impact of climate change in third countries on Europe's security, included in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme on Secure Societies. The project focuses on the role of local authorities from insecurity-takers to security-makers within the architecture of EU climate security governance.

CLISEL analyses the climate change–security nexus taking the perspective of local authorities. As such, the project proposes an innovative approach to the question of how Europe can be secured against the impacts of climate change in third countries. As awareness of the impact of climate change increases, so do the concerns over its possible security implications including fears that global warming acts as a threat multiplier exacerbating existing tensions and possibly igniting violent conflicts at the national and international levels. Climate-induced migration has often been mentioned as a possible example of how the impacts of climate-related crises in third countries could be felt by Europe. Most academic and policy initiatives to date have focused on how the impacts of climate change outside Europe could (in)directly affect security within Europe. This framing resonates with the anxiety over migration that has emerged during the recent ‘crisis’ in and around Europe, which has brought to the fore latent but rising xenophobic sentiments.

CLISEL is informed by the idea that fear cannot help in understanding the phenomenon of migration nor in envisioning appropriate responses to the challenges it poses.Therefore, CLISEL explores the climate–security nexus from the perspective of local administrations and communities, on the basis that innovations in the exercise of regulatory power of local authorities can enhance the understanding of the indirect security implications of climate change in third countries, as well as enabling them to take proactive action.

In particular, CLISEL looks at climate-induced migration – an issue often cited as an indirect security dimension of climate change – from the perspective of local administrators in the Italian region of Sardinia, which has been selected for a pilot case-study. KTH EHL will contribute to CLISEL with a historical approach aimed at fully understanding the current socio-ecological crisis. One of KTH EHL’s key contributions will be establishing a geoarchive of historical cases of environment-related migration.

KTH EHL team involved in CLISEL are Prof. Marco Armiero and Dr. Ethemcan Turhan. Other partners of the project are:

More information on the project can be found in

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