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The Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx) will be awarding the eighth Al-Moumin Award for Thought Leadership in Environmental Peacebuilding.

This special event jointly recognises the Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS) and the PAX Environment, Peace, and Security Project for their ongoing leadership in monitoring, quantifying, and redressing the environmental impacts of war.

The eighth Al-Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding will be presented at a special event titled: 'Analysing the Environmental Impacts of Political Violence: Challenges and Opportunities for Data Technologies'

The event will include presentations from CEOBS and PAX, as well as reflections and interventions from a variety of practitioners and scholars. In addition to an online livestream, community hubs around the world will feature in-person networking and related side-events as part of the day.

Online speakers include researchers from PAX for Peace and a multitude of partners from conflict zones around the world, including Iraq and Ukraine.

The event will be taking place in-person and online, 1-4pm UTC. Please note there are limited in-person spaces. Details to join the online Zoom webinar will be listed on the registration link closer to the time.


Doug Weir - Research and Policy Director at the Conflict And Environment Observatory

Doug Weir has undertaken research and advocacy on the environmental legacy of armed conflicts and military activities since 2005.

He has contributed to a wide range of domestic, regional and international initiatives on conflict and the environment, with a particular focus on the work of the UN Environment Assembly and on the progressive development of the legal framework protecting the environment in relation to armed conflicts.

He holds degrees in Geology and Print Journalism from Manchester and Sheffield universities, and is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at King’s College London.

Dr Eoghan Darbyshire - Researcher at the Conflict And Environment Observatory

Dr Eoghan Darbyshire has an academic background in air pollution research, conducting in-situ and remote sensing measurements in order to characterise rapidly changing environments in Delhi, the Arctic, the Arabian Peninsula and the Amazon rainforest.

He holds a PhD in atmospheric physics from the University of Manchester, where he also completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and worked as a post-doctoral researcher. He also holds an MRes degree in Physics of the Earth and Atmosphere, awarded by the University of Leeds.

At CEOBS, Eoghan uses the ecosystem of open source information, from earth observation data to social media reports, to robustly research, monitor, characterise and communicate the environmental dimensions of conflict.


Dr Becca Farnum - Researcher and educator in Environmental Peacebuilding

Dr Becca Farnum is an environmental peacebuilding researcher and educator. She works at the intersections of environmental activism, conflict resolution, and capacity-building with a particular passion for justice and equity, leveraging academia for public service and policy impact.

Her work has included contributing to United Nations and International Law Commission policy on environmental peacebuilding; engaging underrepresented students in university learning through Widening Participation initiatives; and a stint with Michelle Obama’s Correspondence Team at The White House.

Becca is currently based at Syracuse University London, where she teaches environmental justice and global citizenship. Her portfolio includes leading field studies in Copenhagen, Flåm, Stockholm, and Inari exploring sustainability in Northern Europe and strengthening the University’s special relationship with Lockerbie, Scotland.

Event details

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