Dr Ricardo Safra de Campos
Lecturer in Human Geography
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Office hours: Term 2 virtual office hours: My office hours are: Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 You are able to book a 10 minute appointment within these hour slots via this link
Term 2 virtual office hours:
My office hours are:
Monday 13:00 - 14:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00
You are able to book a 10 minute appointment within these hour slots via this link
I am a Population Geographer with interdisciplinary research interest at the nexus between climate science and society. My work examines the intersection between demographic processes including migration and mobility and human security, wellbeing and sustainability. I have developed these themes over a number of years through several projects and grants investigating migration as adaptation to climate change in deltaic and semi-arid environments and more recently the relationship between migration, urban processes and sustainability. I am currently Co-Investigator on the Belmont Forum funded research project ‘Migration, Transformation and Sustainability' (MISTY). This cross-national project expands theories of sustainability and transformation to incorporate contemporary dynamics and challenges of mobility and associated demographic shifts. I am Co-Investigator on the EU H2020 HABITABLE project linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points in the context of environmentally-driven human migration. I am the Principal Investigator on the SHLC-GCRF funded project 'Power of Partnership'. 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.
In 2018, I joined the team of contributing authors who worked on the chapter on Observed and Projected Responses, their Costs, Benefits, Co-benefits, drawbacks, Efficiency and Governance in the forthcoming IPCC Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere. In 2020, I gave oral evidence to the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lords on climate change and migration. The Committee looked at the implications of climate change on migration, including how it affects the movement of people into Europe and the UK.
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
BA in Geography (with Hons), Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Brazil
PhD in Human Geography, University of Queensland, Australia
Research group links
- 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
- 2021 - present: Associate Deputy Editor at Climatic Change, Springer
- 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.
Supervision / Group
- Nicholas Marais Reyneke Exploring socially marginalised youth voices within social-ecological systems to understand youth resilience towards environmental risk
- Oana Stefancu Fairness, sense of place and well-being in communities subject to government adaptation responses to climate change: a study in West Bengal
- Liam Berrisford