Floods, communal conflict and the role of local state institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa
Does the occurrence of flood disaster increase the risk of communal conflict and if so, does trust in state political institutions mitigate the adverse effect?
Our CNDS Fellow, Kristina Petrova, has been looking into this issue and addressed the abovementioned questions by studying the intervening effect of trust in local governmental institutions at a sub-national level. She concludes that climate change is not a local phenomenon regardless of the need for national and local political structures in mitigating its effects. In addition, Kristina identifies the need for further research on the interactive role between international governance, national regimes and local level leadership as a way to better understand the relationship between climate change and the risk of communal conflict.
Her research has been recently published under the title "Floods, communal conflict and the role of local state institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa" in Political Geography.