IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Climate change, environmental degradation and violence against children

22 November 2023, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

Global warming. Image: Jon Tyson via Unsplash

Join this event to hear speakers discuss the potential interlinkages between violence against children and climate change, together with environmental degradation.

This event is free.

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Colleen Howell

Only recently have research and policy begun to shine a light on the magnifying effect of climate change on children’s exposure to violence, exploitation and abuse, with the role of environmental degradation remaining under-explored.

While it seems plausible that climate change and environmental degradation contribute to violence against children, the true nature of this relationship varies by context and is not fully understood through research and across disciplines. In the scope of this webinar, the speakers want to unravel some of the most pressing questions and spur academic and political movement in this area.


  • Simone Datzberger and Lottie Howard-Merill (UCL) - How do climate change and environmental degradation contribute to violence against children?
  • Steven Iorfa Kator (University of Portsmouth) - Internally displaced children, floods and climate-related conflict in Benue, Nigeria
  • Nitya Rao (University of East Anglia) - Violence against women and girls in the context of climate change
  • Caroline Hickman (University of Bath) - Climate anxiety in children and young people and their beliefs about government responses to climate change: A global survey

This online event will be particularly useful for academics, students and researchers.

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