Climate, conflict, and displacement: Shifting patterns in the Horn of Africa arid lands

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The research team will develop a 10-year prospective cohort study of climate, conflict, and displacement in two neighboring regions in the Horn of Africa Arid Lands. We will leverage preliminary findings, strong local partnerships, and our multidisciplinary team to develop a sustainable research program that can ultimately improve the health and resilience of climate-displaced communities. Analyses of ethnographic pilot data from Turkana County, Kenya suggest a complex story of drought, violence, livelihood loss, migration, decentralization, emerging extractive industries, population pressures, ethnic and refugee tensions, hunger, opportunity, and of course, resilience. We will collect similar data from the neighboring Karamoja Region in Uganda. The Karamojong share similar livelihoods, conflicts, and climate challenges as their Turkana neighbors, although Ugandan national structures and land policies differ. These data from both regions, one on each side of the Kenyan-Ugandan border, will help inform the strategies to develop a large prospective cohort study and identify further funding mechanisms.

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Heterosexuality Medicine & Life Sciences
Forensic Nursing Medicine & Life Sciences
Transgender Persons Medicine & Life Sciences
smoking Social Sciences
Nurses Medicine & Life Sciences
nursing Social Sciences
nurse Social Sciences
Nursing Specialties Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

Grand Challenges Research Awards: Phase 1


Project: Grand Challenges

Research Output 1995 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

First- and Second-Hand Experiences of Enacted Stigma Among LGBTQ Youth

Gower, A. L., Valdez, C. A. B., Watson, R. J., Eisenberg, M. E., Mehus, C. J., Saewyc, E. M., Corliss, H. L., Sullivan, R. & Porta, C. M., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of School Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transgender Persons
Sexual Minorities
Crime Victims
2 Citations (Scopus)

Smoking behaviours among heterosexual and sexual minority youth? Findings from 15 years of provincially representative data

Fish, J. N., Watson, R. J., Gahagan, J., Porta, C. M., Beaulieu-Prévost, D. & Russell, S. T., Jan 1 2019, In : Drug and Alcohol Review. 38, 1, p. 101-110 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Tobacco Products
1 Citation (Scopus)

Forensic Nursing State of the Science: Research and Practice Opportunities

Drake, S. A., Koetting, C., Thimsen, K., Downing, N., Porta, C. M., Hardy, P., Valentine, J. L., Finn, C. & Engebretson, J., Jan 1 2018, In : Journal of Forensic Nursing. 14, 1, p. 3-10 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Forensic Nursing
Nursing Specialties