Clara De La Hoz

Received the PhD degrees in 2021 [at]


Postdoctoral researcher - Project PREFER


Clara DE LA HOZ received her PhD from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in 2021. Her research focused on environmental migrations in Colombia. Studies on Human migration and displacement in Colombia have been historically linked to the long-standing internal armed conflict and its socio-economic impacts. Climate change has been widely analyzed from the perspective of disaster risk management. In 2010, massive flooding associated to the “La Niña” phenomenon affected millions of people across the country, and forced thousands of them to leave their home. Extreme climate related events appeared as a possible driver of mobility in the country.

The research examined the links between human displacement and environmental hazards in Northern Colombia. In particular, it focused on the impacts of religious and spiritual beliefs on resilience of populations displaced by a natural disaster in the context of present and future climate change.



2014-2021: PhD candidate in Environmental Migrations, UVSQ, France.

2008-2009: Master’s Degree in Agricultural Development, International Economics and Food Security, University of Paris Sud.

2007-2008: Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Aid, Development and Management of NGOs. University of Paris Est.

2005-2006: Licence in Political Science. University of Panthéon Assas, Paris.

2003-2005: DEUG in Sociology. University René Descartes, Paris.



2014: Gender issues, ECHO. Brussels, Belgium.

2012: Food Security Policy Training, SENA. Bogotá, Colombia.

2009: Food Security Training (sponsored by the European Union), Paris, France.

2008: Disasters Preparedness Training USAID, Bogotá, Colombia.


Humanitarian assistance and Development projects Officer:

2014: NGO Islamic Relief France.

2009-2013: United Nations World Food Programme.

2008: United Nations OCHA.


Research and Academic Experience:

2015 :

  • External Advisor – Research Project on climate displaced populations in Colombia (INFANTIA). January-December 2015. Universidad del Norte. Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • Panelist at the Side Event to the 21th Conference of Parties (COP 21) on climate change « Environmental Migration in the world ». December 2015. CIDCE. Paris, France.


2014 :

  • Panelist at the 15th Conference of the International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM). Panel on Climate Migrations. July 2014. Bogota, Colombia.
  • Jury member. Master’s « International Humanitarian Action and NGO ». University of Paris XII. Mai 2014. Paris, France.
  • Panelist at a seminar on Food Assistance and Food Security. University of Paris XII. February 2014. Paris, France.


2013 :

  • Panelist at a Forum on Climate Displacement in Colombia. Panel on Resilience, Food Security and Climate Displacement. November 2013. Universidad Del Norte. Barranquilla, Colombia.
  • Jury member. Master’s « International Humanitarian Action and NGO ». University of Paris XII. Mai 2013. Paris, France.


Last revision: April 2022