Bekaert, Els

PhD Fellow

  • Els Bekaert
    Potterierei 72, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
    +32 50 47 13 05

    Research Interests

    • Climate Change
    • Climate Change and Environmentally Induced Migration
    • Climate change and human mobility
    • Environmentally Related Migration
    • Human mobility
    • Migration
    • Migration and mobility
    • Regional Integration


    • MA, Economics of Globalisation and European Integration (EGEI), Erasmus Mundus Joint Master
    • MSc., Business Administration (Strategic management), Ghent University
    • BA, Business Management, Artevelde University College Ghent

    Biographical Statement

    Els Bekaert is currently working as a PhD Fellow at UNU-CRIS, where she focuses her research on mobility as the human face of climate change. More specifically she analyses the heterogeneity in climate migration and policy frameworks. She is under  the supervision of Professor Dr Ilse Ruyssen (Ghent University).

    Els holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree in Economics of Globalisation and European Integration (EGEI). This degree granted her with the opportunity to study combined at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Université Lille1 in Lille (France) and the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague (Czech Republic). In her dissertation, she aimed to improve the understanding on the way climate change influences migration behaviour within and out of Asia. She jointly combined writing her thesis with a summer internship at UNU-CRIS. At Ghent University, Els completed a MSc in Business Administration, for which she completed a three months strategic management internship in Shanghai (China). In this dissertation, she focused on defining the determinants of migration in Asia. At the Artevelde University College in Ghent, she studied Business Administration, for which she conducted an Erasmus internship in London (United Kingdom).