Dr Richard Meissner is a Senior Researcher in the Natural Resources and Environment Unit at the CSIR. He holds a Doctoral Degree in International Politics from the University of Pretoria. Richard specialises in a number of study areas ranging from water security at local government level to the analysis of transboundary river basins. His research focuses on the complexities and interactions between and among non-state actors, international organisations, and state/government organs. He is a member of the CSIR team that investigated the influence of climate variability and its effects such as drought and flooding on migrant workers to South Africa. He has vast experience in doing fieldwork in South Africa and abroad. As an international relations expert, he will be investigating the international relations and domestic policies of migration linked to climate change.