Silja Klepp

Main focus: social effects climate change

Twitter handle: @siljaklepp

Websites/blogs: ,

Languages: English, German, Italian

City: Kiel

Country: Germany

Topics: anthropocene, environmental justice, kiribati, climate change adaptation, environmental migration, human-environment relations, marine social science, oceania, political ecology, social effects of climate change


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. Silja’s field research experience includes countries such as Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Italy, Libya, Malta, and Zambia. For her PhD on refugees and border control in the Mediterranean Sea she won several awards, such as the Christiane Rajewsky Award of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies. 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.