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Ursula Oswald-Spring

Professor and Researcher, Regional Multidisciplinary Research Centre, University of Mexico, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Úrsula Oswald Spring is a full time professor and researcher on climate-induced migration, dual vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change at the National University of Mexico, in the Regional Multidisciplinary Research Centre (CRIM). In addition, she is a national researcher SNI III and coordinates the Gender and Equity Program. Úrsula is the first MRF-chair on social vulnerability at the United National University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and a lead author of WG2 of the IPCC and the special report on Extreme Events (SREX). From 1992 to 1994 she was the first general attorney (a kind of ombudswomen), from 1994 to 1998 the minister of environment and was secretary of environmental development in Morelos. In 1998 Úrsula was elected president of the International Peace Research Association, and between 2002 and 2006 served as general secretary of the Latin-American Council for Peace Research, where she is now honorary president. Úrsula is now secretary general of the International Peace Research Association. She has written alone or in collaboration 57 books, 376 scientific articles and book chapters on peace, gender, security, environment, water, climate change, disasters, food and development. She is a co-founder of the Peasant University of the South in Mexico and is an advisor of women and environmental movements. Since 2009 she has founded and coordinated the water research in Mexico of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to establish a national network of water researchers, including scientists, government officials and representatives of private enterprises. She has studied medicine, psychology, philosophy, languages, anthropology, and ecology in Madagascar, Paris, Zurich, and Mexico and is a member of the IPCC and the Task Force of IIASA. Úrsula is a Fellow of Addressing the