Dom Kniveton is Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Sussex. His research spans issues of development, climate change, disaster risk, complexity and decision-making, migration and health.

Dom Kniveton is Professor of Climate Change and Society at the University of Sussex. His research spans issues of development, climate change, disaster risk, complexity and decision-making, migration and health. He uses a variety of methods in his research including numerical modelling and qualitative techniques such as Q methodology and serious games. He has been PI or Co-I on grants totalling over £7 million. Through his research he has been asked for advice from the United Nations, the World Bank, the EU, the UK government and the International Organisation of Migration. His work in migration and climate change was recognised with the Royal Geographical Society's Cuthbert Peek award.

Dom’s current research projects include Future Climate for Africa AMMA2050 project in West Africa; the Science for Humanitarian and Emergency Research's ForPAC project in Kenya; the Migrants on the Margins project in Bangladesh, Somaliland, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka; and the future of migration in Europe (European Commission’s Joint Research Centre on Foresight, Behavioural Insights and Design for Policy). He is a member of the Lancet Countdown.


Selected publications

Andersson, L., Wilk, J., Todd, M. C., Hughes, D. A., Earle, A., Kniveton, D., Savenije, H. H.G. (2006). Impact of climate change and development scenarios on flow patterns in the Okavango River. Journal of Hydrology, 331(1-2), 43-57. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2006.04.039               

Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Fox, G., & Kniveton, D. (2019). Embracing uncertainty: A discursive approach to understanding pathways for climate adaptation in Senegal. Regional Environmental Change, 19(6), 1585-1596. doi:10.1007/s10113-019-01495-7              

Banerjee, S., Sijapati, B., Poudel, M., Bisht, S., & Kniveton, D. (2016). Role of Remittances in Building Farm Assets in the Flood Affected Households in Koshi Sub-Basin in Nepal. In A. Milan, B. Schraven, K. Warner, & N. Cascone (Eds.), Migration, Risk, Management and Climate Change: Evidence and Policy Responses (Vol. 6, pp. 25-41).              

Black, R., Kniveton, D., & Schmidt-Verkerk, K. (2011). Migration and climate change: towards an integrated assessment of sensitivity. Environment and Planning a-Economy and Space, 43(2), 431-450. doi:10.1068/a43154              

Kidd, C., Kniveton, D. R., Todd, M. C., & Bellerby, T. J. (2003). Satellite rainfall estimation using combined passive microwave and infrared algorithms. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 4(6), 1088-1104. doi:10.1175/1525-7541(2003)004<1088:sreucp>;2               

Kniveton, D., Smith, C., & Wood, S. (2011). Agent-based model simulations of future changes in migration flows for Burkina Faso. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 21, S34-S40. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.09.006               

Kniveton, D., Visman, E., Tall, A., Diop, M., Ewbank, R., Njoroge, E., & Pearson, L. (2015). Dealing with uncertainty: integrating local and scientific knowledge of the climate and weather. Disasters, 39, S35-S53. doi:10.1111/disa.12108               

Kniveton, D. R., De Graff, P. J., Granica, K., & Hardy, R. J. (2000). The development of a remote sensing based technique to predict debris flow triggering conditions in the French Alps. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(3), 419-434. doi:10.1080/014311600210669             

Kniveton, D. R., Layberry, R., Williams, C. J. R., & Peck, M. (2009). Trends in the start of the wet season over Africa. International Journal of Climatology, 29(9), 1216-1225. doi:10.1002/joc.1792               

Kniveton, D. R., Smith, C. D., & Black, R. (2012). Emerging migration flows in a changing climate in dryland Africa. Nature Climate Change, 2(6), 444-447. doi:10.1038/nclimate1447               

Kniveton, D. R., Todd, M. C., Sciare, J., & Mihalopoulos, N. (2003). Variability of atmospheric dimethylsulphide over the southern Indian Ocean due to changes in ultraviolet radiation. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 17(4). doi:10.1029/2003gb002033              

Nash, D. J., Pribyl, K., Klein, J., Neukom, R., Endfield, G. H., Adamson, G. C. D., & Kniveton, D. R. (2016). Seasonal rainfall variability in southeast Africa during the nineteenth century reconstructed from documentary sources. Climatic Change, 134(4), 605-619. doi:10.1007/s10584-015-1550-8               

Peck, M., Thorn, J., Mariscal, A., Baird, A., Tirira, D., & Kniveton, D. (2011). Focusing Conservation Efforts for the Critically Endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps) Using Remote Sensing, Modeling, and Playback Survey Methods. International Journal of Primatology, 32(1), 134-148. doi:10.1007/s10764-010-9445-z               

Raleigh, C., Choi, H. J., & Kniveton, D. (2015). The devil is in the details: An investigation of the relationships between conflict, food price and climate across Africa. Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions, 32, 187-199. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.03.005              

Raleigh, C., & Kniveton, D. (2012). Come rain or shine: An analysis of conflict and climate variability in East Africa. Journal of Peace Research, 49(1), 51-64. doi:10.1177/0022343311427754               

Todd, M. C., Washington, R., Cheke, R. A., & Kniveton, D. (2002). Brown locust outbreaks and climate variability in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology, 39(1), 31-42. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2664.2002.00691.x             

Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Berry, H., Costello, A.(2018). The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping thehealth of nations for centuries to come. Lancet, 392(10163), 2479-2514. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(18)32594-7              

Watts, N., Amann, M., Arnell, N., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Boykoff, M., Montgomery, H. (2019). The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate. Lancet, 394(10211), 1836-1878. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(19)32596-6

Watts, N., Amann, M., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Bouley, T., Boykoff, M., Costello, A. (2018). The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. Lancet, 391(10120), 581-630. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(17)32464-9              

Williams, C. J. R., & Kniveton, D. R. (2012). Atmosphere-land surface interactions and their influence on extreme rainfall and potential abrupt climate change over southern Africa. Climatic Change, 112(3-4), 981-996. doi:10.1007/s10584-011-0266-7