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Webersik is currently working as associate professor at the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder, Norway.

Before joining the Centre he was at the United Nations University‘s Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in November 2007 to research links between drought and political violence. His general research interests are the role of natural resources in armed conflict, climate change and security, and post-conflict development.

Before becoming a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow, Webersik briefly worked as report writer for the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP-BCPR).

Before that, he worked at the Earth Institute at Columbia University where he was hosted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Read here more about my time at the Earth Institute: “In 2002, Christian Webersik spent months on and off in war-torn Somalia, conducting interviews with both the elite and the layperson for his research on the link between armed conflict and natural resources.“

Following his doctorate he was Assistant Professor of political science at Asmara University, Eritrea.

In the past, Webersik worked in a number of conflict situations with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

He gained insights into the climate change regime working for the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn (UNFCCC).

Seeing the planet as an integrated system, Webersik continues to be interested in understanding in how humans interact with their environment, and to what extent environmental change plays a role in armed conflict.

Webersik holds a D.Phil. from Oxford University (Politics and International Relations) where he studied the political economy of war and the role of natural resources in conflict in Somalia, a M.Sc. from Oxford University (Politics Research), and a M.A. from the Freie Universität Berlin (Political Science).