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CDPI VOLUNTEER PROFILE: Olivia Karp

The Climate Displacement Planning Initiative (CDPI) is an entirely volunteer-run organization based in Vancouver, BC, but with team members and colleagues around the world. Over the course of the year, CDPI will be doing features on current and past members of the organization. The intention of the series is to share more information with the world about CDPI and the people that keep it moving. Stay tuned for more features!



Name: Olivia Karp


Role: Research Volunteer


Where are you from originally and where do you live now?


I am originally from Seattle Washington and now I live in Canada. I moved from Seattle when I was two and settled in Toronto, Ontario.


What is your day job?


My day job is as a full-time master's student and a graduate teacher's assistant at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. I am currently teaching a class on “Politics Beyond Borders.” The course looks at topics around international relations. I am also in the process of taking up a research assistant job looking at migration impacts along with the United States and Canadian border.


What do you do at CDPI?


I am a volunteer researcher at CPDI where I am looking at the impacts of climate migration. Some of my main areas of interest are: climate displacement, human security, governance, and adaptation.


What got you interested in climate displacement?


I am interested in climate displacement because how it's a new topic that fits into different fields, from governance and politics to human rights. I primarily focus on the vulnerability that people face when becoming displaced by climate change and the human security impacts.


How did you come to volunteer with CDPI?


I came to volunteer with CPDI to expand my knowledge of climate displacement and make an impact


What does a good Saturday look like for you?


A good Saturday looks like to me is relaxing in my bed or going on a walk. I also like to watch documentaries and learn about things that are totally new to me! The last documentary I watched was on the future of artificial intelligence.


Written by Managing Director, George Benson.

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