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Christian Webersik


M.Sc. D.Phil. Oxon

H2031 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )
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I am full professor at the University of Agder and member of the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM). My research interests are crisis management, climate change and security, natural hazards, migration and technology.


My current research focuses on peace and security studies with a focus on crisis management and security implications of climate change. Moreover, I am interested in the role of technology, largely mobile communication, in disasters. For example, crisis mapping in conflict-affected countries can help to better understand where humanitarian assistance is needed most. Or, social media can be used to better prepare the local population for any kind of disaster. Another area of interest is disaster diplomacy, where disasters can lead to cooperation between hostile states. 

  • Crisis Management 
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Disaster Diplomacy
  • Climate Change
  • Migration


ME-413 Research methods in development and planning studies
UT-504 Cross-cutting issues in development and crisis management
ME-521 Field course and master thesis seminar
UT-404 Current development issues: poverty, inequality and power



2017 – date Deputy Director, Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM), Norway

2016 – date Professor, Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder/ Norway


 2018 – 2019 Guest Scientist, Disaster Research Unit (DRU), Freie Universität Berlin/ Germany

2009 – 2016 Associate Professor, Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder/ Norway

2015 Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg/ Germany 

2014 – 2015 Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley/ USA facilitated by the Peder Sather Center for Advanced Study.

2011 Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York hosted by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

2007 – 2009 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science United Nations University (JSPS-UNU) Postdoctoral Fellow at United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan. During my tenure, my Japanese host was the Department for Value and Decision Science at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITech).

2005  – 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the City of New York. I was hosted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a research unit specialising in data mapping and management.

2004  – 2005 Assistant Professor of political science at the University of Asmara, College of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Asmara, Eritrea.

Faglige interesser

Crisis Management

Research Methods in Social Sciences



Projects focus on climate change and migration, climate change and security, information technology and disasters, and on environmental peacebuilding:

  • Disaster Diplomacy in the High North and Arctic, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2018-2020
  • Political economy analysis for Somalia commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, funded by NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) and commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2016-2018, Role: Project manager 
  • Norwegian Research Council project 217188 on perceptions and understandings of climate change and migration: Conceptualising and contextualising for Lakshadweep and the Maldives, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2013-2015, Role: Project manager 
  • United States National Science Foundation grant 0624167, Collaborative Research: Hydrology and Social Interactions: A Focus on Conflict in Africa, led by Marc Levy (PI), funded by the United States National Science Foundation

Vitenskapelige publikasjoner

  • Abouzeid, Ahmed Abdulrahem Othman; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer; Goodwin, Morten; Webersik, Christian (2024). Towards misinformation mitigation on social media: novel user activity representation for modeling societal acceptance. Journal of Computational Social Science (JCSS). ISSN: 2432-2717. doi:10.1007/s42001-024-00256-9.
  • Thalheimer, Lisa; Gaupp, Franziska; Webersik, Christian (2023). Systemic risk and compound vulnerability impact pathways of food insecurity in Somalia. Climate Risk Management. ISSN: 2212-0963. 42doi:10.1016/j.crm.2023.100570.
  • Abouzeid, Ahmed Abdulrahem Othman; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer; Goodwin, Morten; Webersik, Christian (2022). Label-Critic Tsetlin Machine: A Novel Self-supervised Learning Scheme for Interpretable Clustering. 2022 International Symposium on the Tsetlin Machine (ISTM 2022). ISBN: 978-1-6654-7116-9. IEEE conference proceedings. Chapter. s 41 - 48.
  • Abouzeid, Ahmed Abdulrahem Othman; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer; Webersik, Christian; Goodwin, Morten (2022). Socially Fair Mitigation of Misinformation on Social Networks via Constraint Stochastic Optimization. Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence. ISSN: 2159-5399. s 11801 - 11809. doi:10.1609/aaai.v36i11.21436.
  • Abouzeid, Ahmed Abdulrahem Othman; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer; Webersik, Christian; Goodwin, Morten (2021). Learning Automata-based Misinformation Mitigation via Hawkes Processes. Information Systems Frontiers. ISSN: 1387-3326. 23s 1169 - 1188. doi:10.1007/s10796-020-10102-8.
  • Nampijja, Dianah; Øyhus, Arne Olav; Webersik, Christian; Muyinda, Paul Birevu (2020). Access to Learning Through Mobiles: A Socio-Technical Tale of Mobile Learning Actor-Network Among Smallholder Farmers. Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries. ISBN: 9781799829836. IGI Global.
  • Thalheimer, Lisa; Webersik, Christian (2020). Climate Change, Conflicts and Migration. Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance. ISBN: 978-1-5292-0216-8. Bristol University Press. Chapter 4. s 59 - 82.
  • Mukisa, Philemon; Tumusiime, Mwesigye David; Webersik, Christian; Liwenga, Emma; Tabuti, John Robert Stephen (2020). Dissenting voices in a consenting village: lessons from implementation of free, prior and informed consent at a REDD+ pilot in Tanzania. International forestry review. ISSN: 1465-5489. 22 (1). s 120 - 131. doi:10.1505/146554820828671508.
  • Kelman, Ilan; Sydnes, Are K.; Duda, Patrizia Isabelle; Nikitina, Elena; Webersik, Christian (2020). Norway-Russia disaster diplomacy for Svalbard. Safety Science. ISSN: 0925-7535. 130doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104896.
  • Abouzeid, Ahmed Abdulrahem Othman; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer; Webersik, Christian; Goodwin, Morten (2019). Causality-based Social Media Analysis for Normal Users Credibility Assessment in a Political Crisis. Proceedings of the [xx]th Conference of Open Innovations Association FRUCT. ISSN: 2305-7254. doi:10.23919/FRUCT48121.2019.8981500.
  • Kelman, Ilan; Orlowska, Justyna; Upadhyay, Himani; Stojanov, Robert; Webersik, Christian; Simonelli, Andrea C.; Procházka, David; Němec, Daniel (2019). Does climate change influence people’s migration decisions in Maldives?. Climatic Change. ISSN: 0165-0009. 153 (1-2). s 285 - 299. doi:10.1007/s10584-019-02376-y.
  • Henökl, Thomas; Webersik, Christian (2019). European and Chinese development cooperation in the context of ASEAN: Comparing the cases of Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The European Union and Myanmar: Interactions via ASEAN. ISBN: 978-1138599178. Routledge. 5. s 81 - 100.
  • Kelman, Ilan; Upadhyay, Himani; Simonelli, Andrea C.; Arnall, Alex; Mohan, Divya; Lingaraj, GJ; Nair, Shadananan; Webersik, Christian (2017). Here and now: perceptions of Indian Ocean islanders on the climate change and migration nexus. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. ISSN: 0435-3684. 99 (3). s 284 - 303. doi:10.1080/04353684.2017.1353888.
  • Henökl, Thomas; Webersik, Christian (2016). Power Politics or Transnational Public Administration? Comparing European and Chinese Cooperation with Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Asia-Pacific Journal of EU Studies. ISSN: 1598-8902. 14 (1). s 1 - 24.
  • Jørstad, Hanne; Webersik, Christian (2016). Vulnerability to climate change and adaptation strategies of local communities in Malawi: Experiences of women fish processing groups in the Lake Chilwa Basin. Earth System Dynamics (ESD). ISSN: 2190-4979. 7 (4). s 977 - 989. doi:10.5194/esd-7-977-2016.
  • Webersik, Christian; Crawford, Alec (2015). Commerce in the Chaos: Bananas, Charcoal, Fisheries and Conflict in Somalia. Livelihoods, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. ISBN: 9781849712330. Routledge. Part 3. s 365 - 391.
  • Jørstad, Hanne; Webersik, Christian (2015). Living with Climate Change: Adapting to Environmental Change in Malawi. Earth System Science Data. ISSN: 1866-3591. 6
  • Webersik, Christian; Gonzalez, Jose J; Dugdale, Julie Anne; Munkvold, Bjørn Erik; Granmo, Ole-Christoffer (2015). Towards an integrated approach to emergency management: interdisciplinary challenges for research and practice. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research. ISSN: 2000-1525. 7 (3). s 524 - 540. doi:10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1572525.
  • Webersik, Christian (2014). Bargaining for the spoils of war: Somalia’s failing path from war to peace. African Security. ISSN: 1939-2206. 7 (4). s 277 - 302. doi:10.1080/19392206.2014.977173.
  • Esteban, Miguel; Webersik, Christian; Leary, David; Thompson-Pomeroy, Dexter (2014). Nanotechnology may provide innovative solutions to climate change. Nanotechnology. ISBN: 0737769629. Greenhaven Press. Chapter 3.
  • Henökl, Thomas; Webersik, Christian (2014). The Impact of Institutional Change on Foreign Policy-Making: The Case of the EU Horn of Africa Strategy. European Foreign Affairs Review. ISSN: 1384-6299. 19 (4). s 519 - 537.
  • Webersik, Christian (2013). Climate Change, Water and Health: Current Impacts and Future Challenges for Human Security. Impact of Climate Change on Water and Health. ISBN: 978-1-4665-7749-7. CRC Press. 4. s 54 - 74.
  • Webersik, Christian; Klose, Christian (2013). Disasters and Human Security: Natural Hazards and Political Instability in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Handbook on climate change and human security. ISBN: 9780857939111. Edward Elgar Publishing. 8.
  • Webersik, Christian; Bergius, Michael (2013). Spotlight: The Biofuels Transition. Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Spotlight. s 34 - 36.
  • Webersik, Christian (2012). Climate-induced migration and conflict: what are the links?. Climate Change and Human Mobility: Global Challenges to the Social Sciences. ISBN: 978-1-107-02821-0. Cambridge University Press. Part II, Chapter 6. s 147 - 168.
  • Webersik, Christian; Crawford, Alec (2012). Commerce in the Chaos: Bananas, Charcoal, Fisheries, and Conflict in Somalia. Environmental Law Reporter (ELR). ISSN: 0046-2284. 42 (6).
  • Webersik, Christian (2012). Securitizing Climate Change: The United Nations Security Council Debate. Environmental Leadership: A Reference Handbook. ISBN: 9781412981507. Sage Publications. Chapter. s 549 - 556.
  • Webersik, Christian (2012). Sicherheitsbedenken : Klimaschutz und Klimaanpassung. Wissenschaft und Frieden. ISSN: 0947-3971. 30 (3).
  • Esteban, Miguel; Webersik, Christian; Shibayama, Tomoya (2010). Methodology for the estimation of the increase in time loss due to future increase in tropical cyclone intensity in Japan. Climatic Change. ISSN: 0165-0009. 102 (3-4). s 555 - 578. doi:10.1007/s10584-009-9725-9.
  • Webersik, Christian; Esteban, Miguel; Shibayama, Tomoya (2010). The economic impact of future increase in tropical cyclones in Japan. Natural Hazards. ISSN: 0921-030X. 55 (2). s 233 - 250. doi:10.1007/s11069-010-9522-9.
  • Webersik, Christian; Wilson, Clarice (2009). Achieving Environmental Sustainability and Growth in Africa: the Role of Science, Technology and Innovation. Sustainable Development. ISSN: 0968-0802. 17 (6). s 400 - 413. doi:10.1002/sd.411.
  • Esteban, Miguel; Webersik, Christian; Shibayama, Tomoya (2009). Effect of a global warming-induced increase in typhoon intensity on urban productivity in Taiwan. Sustainability Science. ISSN: 1862-4065. 4 (2). s 151 - 163.
  • Esteban, Miguel; Webersik, Christian; Leary, David (2009). Nanotechnology, ocean energy and forestry - making climate change mitigation work. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2009. ISBN: 9780956372239. Henley Media. faglig_bok_institusjon. s 163 - 165.
  • Webersik, Christian; Esteban, Miguel; Shibayama, Tomoya (2009). The economic impact of future increase in tropical cyclones in Japan. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (EES). ISSN: 1755-1307. 6
  • Webersik, Christian (2008). Wars over Resources? Evidence from Somalia. Environment. ISSN: 0013-9157. 50 (3).
  • Webersik, Christian (2006). Mogadishu – An Economy without a State. Third World Quarterly. ISSN: 0143-6597. 27 (8).
  • Webersik, Christian (2005). Fighting for the Plenty – The Banana Trade in Southern Somalia. Oxford Development Studies. ISSN: 1360-0818. 33 (1).
  • Webersik, Christian (2004). Differences that Matter: The Struggle of the Marginalised in Somalia. Africa. ISSN: 0001-9720. 74 (4).
  • Webersik, Christian (2010). Climate change and security : a gathering storm of global challenges. ISBN: 978-0-313-38006-8. Praeger. s 185.
  • Webersik, Christian (2023). Trust in Times of Crises – Lessons learned from Norway.
  • Webersik, Christian (2022). Climate Change and Energy Security.
  • Webersik, Christian (2021). Podiumsdiskussion Lessons Learned CoVid.

Sist endret: 21.10.2021 13:10