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Transboundary Climate Security: Climate Vulnerability and Rural Livelihoods in the Jordan River Basin

In this lecture, Dr Michael Mason and Muna Dajani will report the principal research findings of a collaborative project, Transboundary Climate Security, involving the LSE Middle East Centre and Birzeit University. The project investigated the climate-related vulnerabilities of agricultural communities living in areas with current or historically recent experience of military occupation – labelled ‘(post)occupation’ – within the Jordan River Basin. The research project was the first comparative study on climate vulnerability in conditions of (post)occupation, encompassing fieldwork in the West Bank, Golan Heights and southern Lebanon. Dr Mason will discuss the key research questions of the project: To identify the main determinants of climate vulnerability for selected rural communities under (post)occupation; to survey mechanisms for coping with differential water availability; and to assess the adaptive implications of farming livelihood strategies and choices under conditions of (post)occupation.

Event Details

Speakers: Dr Michael Mason, LSE; Muna Dajani, LSE
Chair: Professor Tony Allan, SOAS
Date:  Tuesday18 November 2014
Time: 17.30-19.00
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn
Event Hashtag: #LSEMason
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.



Michael Mason is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE. He was co-director of the Transnational Climate Security project. He is the author of The New Accountability (2005, Earthscan), as well as co-editor (with Amit Mor) of Renewable Energy in the Middle East (2009, Springer) and co-editor (with Aarti Gupta) of Transparency in Global Environmental Governance (2014, MIT Press).


Muna Dajani was Birzeit University lead researcher for the Golan Heights in the Transnational Climate Security project. She is now a first year student in the MPhil/PhD Environmental Policy and Development programme at LSE.



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