Thalheimer, Lisa

Lisa Thalheimer-Prezyna

Senior Researcher

DPhil, Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
MSc, Sustainability Management, Columbia University, New York City
BSc, Business, Economics and Management, Business and Information Technology School

Lisa Thalheimer is a climate economist with a focus on the impacts of climate change and resulting human responses including migration and conflict. 

 She joins the EMIC team as a Senior Researcher after completing her postdoctoral research at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She is an associate researcher with Climate Econometrics, the World Weather Attribution initiative and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and part of the RISK-KAN steering committee.

At EMIC, her research focuses on three pillars: effect, causality, and interventions. Her research seeks to disentangle the underlying drivers of human (im)mobility and attribute extreme weather-driven human mobility to anthropogenic climate change. Her research interests include anticipatory action, compound events, and systemic risk. Thalheimer co-leads the CLON Project that aims to better understand climate change impacts on (im)mobility and conflict.

Dr Thalheimer received her DPhil (PhD) from the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and a MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. Her doctoral research developed a method to quantitatively assess the contribution of climate change to human mobility, combining methods from climate science and econometrics. Prior to joining UNU, she worked in a variety of roles at international organisations and NGOs such as the World Bank and The Earth Institute, providing her with a multifaceted, international background in environmental economics and climate policy.