Climate Change and Conflict Policy Brief No.80 - June, 2020 • By Tobias Ide
Quantitative Climate-Conflict Research: Limitations and Prospects of Alternative Approaches
Decision makers and practitioners have expressed a strong interest in the security implications of climate change since the mid-2000s. In response to this, researchers have produced an impressive literature on climate change and violent conflict. This literature and the resulting discourse are strongly shaped by quantitative research, that is, by statistical studies of a large number of cases. This policy brief identifies eight limitations of quantitative climate-conflict research, outlines the resulting knowledge gaps, and suggests ways to address them.