Her main research interests are in the geopolitical impacts of climate change and migration, displacement and planned relocations. She serves as the New York focal point for the UNU Migration Network, a network of over 40 migration and refugee stud ies scholars across the United Nations University institutes and entities.
Is a Ph.D candidate and Associate Member of the Observatory for Environmental Migration (University of Liège and Sciences Po Paris), conducting field-based research for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)-led ‘Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy’ (MECLEP) and for the FP7 Consortium ‘High-End cLimate Impact eXtremes’ (HELIX) projects.
Prior to joining the office in New York, Ms. Blocher was a Visiting Scientist at the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and a Research Assistant for the “Politics of the Earth” Program at Sciences Po Paris. She has recently lectured in environmental geopolitics and the governance of migration and asylum at Sciences Po Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité (Paris XIII) and Addis Ababa University.