Areas of Expertise

  • Climate migration
  • Climate impacts and violent conflicts
  • Civilian crisis prevention
  • Climate and human development
  • Climate impacts in the Sahel, South Asia, and the Pacific  


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Dr. Kira Vinke heads the newly founded Center for Climate and Foreign Policy at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

She also co-chairs the Advisory Board to the German Federal Government on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding. Vinke is affiliated as a scientist with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) where she led the East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities (EPICC) project before joining DGAP.

Until 2018, Vinke was a research analyst to the director of PIK. In this capacity, she worked from 2014 to 2016 as an analyst for the German Advisory Council on Global Change to the Federal Government (WBGU). She provided her expertise as a consultant for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the Asian Development Bank. She has extensive field research experience in South Asia, the Pacific, and the Sahel.

Vinke completed her doctoral dissertation (summa cum laude) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin on the subject of climate change and migration; her studies were funded by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. For her dissertation, she received the “Potsdamer Nachwuchswissenschaftler-Preis,” a prize for young scientists, from the city of Potsdam.


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Kira Vinke


im Anthropozän

Der Mensch hat das Erdsystem verändert. Parallele Krisen wie der Klimawandel und die Covid-19-Pandemie beeinflussen maßgeblich außenpolitisches Handeln. Ohne neue Instrumente der Krisenprävention wird der Druck auf unsere Gesellschaft wachsen.

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