Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
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Ricardo Safra de Campos is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. He is a population geographer working on the spatial mobility dimensions of human interaction with environmental change, with a focus on migration, sustainability and wellbeing. He has collaborate with leading social, environmental and economic scientists across several competitively funded international research projects. His work has been published in interdisciplinary journals including Nature Climate Change, Global Environmental Change, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, and discipline-specific such as Population, Space and Place. He is a contributing author on Chapter 4: Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low-Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Ricardo gave expert oral evidence on migration and climate change to EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the UK’s House of Lords in 2020. He serves on the advisory board of international research and policy initiatives on climate-related displacement in Africa (Shaping the Future of Mobility in Africa, unders the auspeces of UNDP and the World Bank) and Asia (Bangladesh’s Action Plan for the implementation of National Strategy on Internal Displacement). Ricardo is on the editorial board for the journals Climatic Change, Springer; and PLOSClimate, PLOS, and Climate Mobilities, Frontiers in Climate. He is also a member of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Steering Group at the University of Exeter.
Broad research specialisms:
- Demographic transition
- Spatial mobility associated with environmental change and sustainability
- Migration and urbanisation in developing countries
- Multi-methods research design
- Climate Change adaptation
Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy (2021)
PhD in Human Geography, University of Queensland, Australia (2016)
BA in Geography (with Hons), Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Brazil (2009)
Research group links
- 2022-2025 IDRC Climate Justice call Pincipal Investigator on project 'Just and resilient planned relocation from climate change'.
- 2020-2024 EC Horizon 2020, Deputy Lead Work Package 1 Socio-Ecological Systems, Climate Impact and Tipping Points on project HABITABLE - Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration
- 2019 GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) call Capacity Development Acceleration Fund and Visiting Fellow Exchange Programme, Principal Investigator on project ‘Power of partnership: Voices of residents & city planners as sources of innovation for sustainable urban governance’.
- 2018-2021 Belmont/NORFACE call Transformations to Sustainability Co-Investigator on project ‘Migration, Transformation and Sustainability (MISTY)’.
- 2017-2019 ESRC-DfID call Development Frontiers Co-Investigator on project ‘Safe and Sustainable Cities: Human Security, Migration and Wellbeing’.
- 2016-2019 IDRC-DfID Lead researcher work package on migration, displacement and planned relocation on project 'Deltas and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation' (DECCMA)
- 2019 – present: Member of the university's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Strategy Group
- 2019 Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods
This knowledge mobilisation project employs a deliberative method to integrate the lived experiences and views of urban populations as sources of innovation into planning processes for sustainability. It builds on an innovative approach that includes co-designed visual participatory and perspective-taking activities in Chattogram, a rapidly growing city in Bangladesh.
- 2019 International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Open research data initiative
Publications by category
Publications by year
External Engagement and Impact
- 2023 - present: Member of the UK Young Academy
- 2022 - present: Review Editor for Climate Mobilities, Fontiers Climate
- 2021 - present: Associate Deputy Editor for Climatic Change, Springer
- 2021 - present: Editorial Board PLOSClimate
- 2016 – present: Peer Reviewer for Nature Climate Change,Global Environmental Change, Local Environment, Climate and Development, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Disasters Journal and several others.
- 2016 – present: Editorial content reviewer for Thomas Riggs & Company and Cengage Learning.
2018 – 2020: IPCC Contributing Author on Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere.
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Supervision / Group
- Nicholas Marais Reyneke Exploring socially marginalised youth voices within social-ecological systems to understand youth resilience towards environmental risk
- Oana Stefancu
- Liam Berrisford
- Nicholas Marais Reyneke
- Oana Stefancu
- Tabby Watson