Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-56 41

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Information about Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp


Silja Klepp is Professor of Human Geography at Kiel University. She is a trained social anthropologist. Her research group “Social Dynamics in Coastal and Marine Areas” deals with human-environment relations in the Anthropocene. In her current research on climate change migration and adaptation, she integrates postcolonial perspectives and critical theories in the study of the social effects of climate change. She is especially interested how social and cultural diversity can be integrated into adaptation governance and how self-determination of the affected communities can be assured. Silja’s field research experience includes countries such as Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Italy, Libya, Malta, and Zambia. She is Alumna of the German Young Academy of Scientists (Die Junge Akademie) and an appointed member of the Council for Migration and the scientific advisory board of Heinrich Böll Foundation, amongst other transdisciplinary engagements. Together with others she founded the transdisciplinary network of environmental justice EnJust. In order to achieve more inclusive and creative ways of making science she works with transdisciplinary approaches and artistic research.

Research questions

Most of the research of Silja Klepp has focused on human-environment relations and questions of climate change migration and climate change adaptation. Furthermore, she works on migration and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and European border regimes. Her current research questions are:

  • How can we improve the integration of social and cultural diversity into climate change adaptation?
  • How can we overcome the nature/culture/politics-divide in our work on different environmental problems and what does this mean for political, technical and societal interventions?
  • How can we improve our understanding of questions of climate justice e.g. regarding future generations and people of the global South and what does this mean for our work and for society?
Current Research

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