Transboundary Climate Security: Climate Vulnerability and Human Security in the Jordan River Basin

in collaboration with Birzeit University

LSE PI: Dr Michael Mason
Co-PI: Dr Ziad Mimi
Duration: June 2012–December 2013


This project addressed climate vulnerable rural communities within the national territories of the watershed of the Jordan River (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory), which is perhaps the most physically and politically stressed river basin in the world, critically applying a human security approach.

The aim of the research was to develop improved policy responses for climate risk management within the Jordan River Basin through a better understanding of the linkages between climate change, adaptation and human security. The study examined three core aspects of climate change in the region – climate vulnerability, adaptation to climate change and capacity-building for climate resilience.

The research was carried out in partnership with researchers from each of the Jordan River Basin territories, from the American University of Beirut, Birzeit University (both Palestinian and Arab-Israeli), the University of Jordan and a Syrian academic institution.

This project forms part of the Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, funded by the Emirates Foundation.

Project Outputs

Research Team


Michael Mason | Principal Investigator

Michael is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.


Ziad Mimi | Co-Principal Investigator

Ziad is Associate Professor at the Civil Engineering Department, Birzeit University.


Mark Zeitoun | Project Consultant

Mark is Senior Lecturer at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia. 


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