Andrea C. Simonelli
Dr. Andrea C. Simonelli is an Assistant Professor of Human Security at Virginia Commonwealth University and Founder of Adaptation Strategies International (ASI). Dr. Simonelli holds a Ph.D. in political science from Louisiana State University and is a former attendee of the United Nations University Environment and Human Security Programme Summer Academy and Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre Summer School in Forced Migration. Her research investigates the governance implications of climate-induced migration as well as the relationship between governance, adaptation, and human security on Small Island developing states in the Indian Ocean and the greater Pacific basin.
The United States can accelerate international efforts to counter the increasing numbers of people being displaced by climate change. Otherwise, the size of the vulnerable population will only increase – leading to human calamity.