Date of Completion

Spring 5-2-2014

Thesis Advisor(s)

Mark Boyer; Jennifer Sterling-Folker

Honors Major

Individualized Major


Environmental Policy | Human Geography | International Relations | Nature and Society Relations | Other International and Area Studies | Physical and Environmental Geography | Political History | Public Policy


This paper examines the political and social vulnerabilities of climate change, with the use of two salient case studies, the Republic of the Maldives and Kenya as exemplars of effects observed and projected. The susceptibilities for each nation are examined, with unique sensitivities highlighted and common themes synthesized between the two states. Examples of existing conflict, and implications of projected territorial conflict will be discussed. Policy outcomes will also be discussed for the situation of each nation, each with its own set of contextual sensitivities in the face of climatic shifts. Generalized policy options will be proposed for the common vulnerabilities between the two states.