Christine is an expert in sustainable city development with focus on inclusive climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction/ management, climate policy mainstreaming, urban resilience and transformation. She is Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Research Fellow at the Centre of Natural Disaster Science (CNDS), Associate of Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM), Honorary Research Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group, Global Development Institute (GDI) of the University of Manchester, and former Co-director of the Centre for Societal Resilience and Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Christine is also part of the personnel pool of risk reduction experts of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). In addition, Christine is working as a consultant for different organizations, such as the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German, Austrian and Belgium Red Cross, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR/IM) and various local NGOs. Places where she has worked and conducted research include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, India, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo and the UK. Christine recently published a Routledge book entitled “Cities, Disaster Risk and Adaptation”.
Christine is trained as an Architect and Urban Planner, with specialization in International Urban Development Planning (University of Stuttgart, Germany & Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Belleville, France). She holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance (University of Bochum, Germany), a PhD on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in Sustainability Science (Lund University, Sweden). Post-graduate training includes Project Evaluation (University of the Saarland, Germany), Emergency Management (Charles Sturt University, Australia), and Local and Community Level Disaster Risk Management (International Disaster Risk Management Centre IDRM, the Philippines).
Christine’s research interests are in sustainable and inclusive city development and focus on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, resilience and urban transformation. Global trends such as climate change, the ways in which power emerges and consolidates, and the causes and consequences of the unequal distribution of risk, are central to understanding urban challenges. At the same time, cities have the potential to enhance opportunities for their citizens.
Christine’s work examines how cities can meet disaster and climate change challenges by analyzing (a) the reciprocal relationship between urban development and risk, (b) ways as to how risk reduction and adaptation can be sustainably integrated in urban development practice and, in this context, (c) exploring the role of mindful/compassionate responses to climate change. In addition, Christine has been carrying out research on the role that urban policies and planning can have in mitigating both the spread, and the effects, of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Christine’s research projects include:
- Sustainable urban transformation for climate change adaptation, 2012–2019, financed by The Swedish Research Council FORMAS (see project website).
- Urban ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (ECOSIMP), 2013–2017, financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency SEPA (see project website).
- Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching (focus: risk reduction and adaptation planning to foster sustainable transformation), since 2015 (see project website).
- Inclusive resilience-building to floods in informal settlements (focus: Kibera, Nairobi), 2017-2019, financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) (see project website).
- Erasmus+ capacity building project on ‘Building Inclusive Urban Communities’ (BInUCom), 2015–2019, financed by the EU (see project website).
- Nature-based urban innovations (NATURVATION), 2016-2020, financed by the Euopean Commission (see project website).
- European disasters in urban centers: the role of culture in disaster management and risk (EDUCEN), since 2015, financed by the EU (see project website). Member of the Advisory Board.
- Reducing water-related risks in cities (WASH & RESCUE), 2014–15, financed by Stockholm Environment Institute SEI (see project website).
- Climate change adaptation and empowerment, 2016-2017, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
- Ecosystem-based adaptation and (urban) transformation, 2015-2016, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
- Ecosystem-based adaptation in urban environments, 2014-2015, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
- Cities, disaster risk and adaptation, 2012–2014, supported and financed by Resilient Regions Association and Routledge (see related webiste).
Christine is supervising and mentoring PhD students at the Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID), the Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) at Uppsala University, and the Department of Strategic Landscape Planning and Management at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Furthermore, Christine is course coordinator and teacher in the context of different Master programmes:
- Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) at LUCSUS, Lund University;
- Master Programme in Applied Climate Change Strategies at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Lund University;
- Master in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Societal Resilience Centre and Department of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University; and
- The Master of Disaster Management Programme (MDMa) at Copenhagen University, Denmark.
Topics taught include sustainable city development; disaster risk management; urban risk reduction; climate change adaptation; post-disaster recovery; and mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching. Christine is a member of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.
Christine’s research projects (see above) are transdisciplinary, are carried out in close cooperation with different stakeholders, mainly city authorities and urban residents, and are designed to influence related policies and practice. To reach different stakeholder groups, Christine has authored a wide range of different publications, including scientific and professional journal articles, book chapters, working papers, policy briefs, operational frameworks and guidelines (see below). She is further an active member in numerous scientific committees, expert panels and reference groups (e.g. for the British Academy, UK’s Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC], the Department of International Development [DFID], the European Commission, NordForsk, SEI, I-Rec, ProVention Consortium, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), JPI Climate, Red Cross) and works as editorial board member or reviewer for various international journals (e.g. Sustainability Science, Disasters, Ecology and Society, Global Environmental Change) and publishing houses (e.g. Routledge, Elsevier, Oxford University Press).
Recent popular articles about Christine Wamsler's work can be found: about her research in general (click here), her work on inclusive urban planning (click here and here), urban nature-based innovations (click here and here), climate change adaptation (click here, p.23), ecosystem-based adaptation (click here), and the mindfulness-sustainability nexus (click here). Her work has also been featured in Swedish Newspapers (Sydsvenskan, 14/04/2015) and different professional networks and newsletters (e.g. PEDRR-Partnershop for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction-Newsletter, issues 158, 165, 166, etc.)
Retrieved from Lund University's publications database
- Ekosystemtjänstbegreppet–en historisk tillbakablick och den förväntade rollen i svensk miljöpolicy
- Evaluating the Performance of Disaster Risk Management Systems – Is It Possible?
- Implementering av ekosystemtjänstbegreppet i kommunal verksamhet - Slutrapport
- Mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Governance and Planning
- Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching
- Reconstructing Vulnerability after Floods in Germany: Oil Damage and Recovery
- Social inequality and marginalization in post-disaster recovery : Challenging the consensus?
- Stakeholder involvement in strategic adaptation planning : Transdisciplinarity and co-production at stake?
- What does resilience mean for urban water services?
- Cascades of green: A review of ecosystem-based adaptation in urban areas
- From Risk Governance to City-Citizen Collaboration: Capitalizing on Individual Adaptation to Climate Change
- Guideline for integrating ecosystem-based adaptation into municipal planning and governance
- Making headway in climate policy mainstreaming and ecosystem-based adaptation : two pioneering countries, different pathways, one goal
- Operationalizing Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Harnessing Ecosystem Services to Buffer Communities against Climate Change
- Perceptions of the ecosystem services concept: Opportunities and challenges in the Swedish municipal context
- The urban domino effect: a conceptualization of cities’ interconnectedness of risk
- Using green infrastructure for urban climate-proofing : An evaluation of heat mitigation measures at the micro-scale
- A review of urban ecosystem services: six key challenges for future research
- Adaptive capacity : from coping to sustainable transformation
- Fragmentation in disaster risk management systems: A barrier for integrated planning
- From Adaptive Capacity to Adaptation: Rethinking the Interface between Institutions and Citizens
- Integrating climate change adaptation into municipal planning and governance : a guideline
- Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Transformation Toward Sustainability in Urban Governance and Planning
- The role of individual adaptive practice for sustainable adaptation
- The urban domino effect: a conceptualization of cities’ interconnectedness of risk, Input paper
- Cities, Disaster Risk and Adaptation
- En klimatanpassingsguide för kommuner [Guide for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation]
- Evaluation of the Development of the Sustainable City Approach
- Integrating climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and urban planning: A review of Nicaraguan policies and regulations
- Interfacing citizens’ and institutions’ practice and responsibilities for climate change adaptation
- Local levers for change: Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation into municipal planning to foster sustainability transitions
- Moving beyond short-term coping and adaptation
- Planning for resilience to climatic extremes and variability: A review of Swedish municipalities’ adaptation responses
- Städer i fokus för klimatanpassning och riskreducering [Cities in focus: Urban climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction]
- Svensk forskning om klimatanpassning inom styrning och planering [Swedish research on climate change adaptation, governance and planning]
- Urban focus in climate change adaptation and risk reduction
- Water and Risk: Developing sustainable and resilient communities
- Climate Change, Adaptation, and Formal Education: the Role of Schooling for Increasing Societies' Adaptive Capacities in El Salvador and Brazil
- Complementing Institutional with Localised Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation: A South–North Comparison
- Complementing Institutional with Localized Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation: A South–North Comparison
- Bridging the gaps: stakeholder-based strategies for risk reduction and financing for the urban poor
- Community and Civil Society Perspectives, Local Knowledge and Coping Strategies
- Coping strategies in urban slums
- Integrando la gestión del riesgo, planificación urbana y vivienda social: lecciones de El Salvador [Integrating disaster risk reduction, urban planning and social housing: Lessons from El Salvador]
- Managing Urban Disaster Risk: Analysis and Adaptation Frameworks for Integrated Settlement Development Programming for the Urban Poor
- Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction: for Organisations Working in Settlement Development Planning
- Editorial - Building on disaster
- Integrating risk reduction, urban planning and housing: Lessons from El Salvador
- Mainstreaming risk reduction in urban planning and housing: a challenge for international aid organisations
- Managing urban disasters
- Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction for Aid Organisations Working in Human Settlement Development
- Tackling urban vulnerability: an operational framework for aid organisations
- Understanding disasters from a local perspective: insights into improving assistance for social housing and settlement development
- Evaluierung von Projekten mit dem Ziel der Wohnraumbeschaffung: Evaluierung von Wohnbau-Projekten der Entwicklungshilfe sowie dessen Übertragung auf Projekte der Humanitären Hilfe [Evaluation of social housing programmes: Analysis of frameworks for International Development Aid and their potential use for Humanitarian Assistance]
- Medidas de mejoramiento de viviendas y de urbanismo como parte de la gestión local de riesgo [Local disaster risk management: Measures in the fields of social housing, urban development and settlement upgrading]
- Lomé, Hauptstadt Togos, Westafrika: Konzepte zur städtebaulichen Entwicklung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Handelszentren sowie kulturspezifischer Wohnformen [Urban development of Lomé, Togo, West Africa: Conceptualisation and urban planning with special consideration of economic and culture-specific lifestyles]
- Erstes europäisches Museum für Fotographie in Paris [First European Museum of Photography in Paris]
- Le Salon International du Patrimoine – Messe für Denkmalschutz in Frankreich [Protection of historical monuments in France]
- Neue Architekturabteilung innerhalb des französischen Kulturministeriums [New Department of Architecture in the French Ministry of Culture]
- Restaurierung der Pont Alexandre III in Paris [Restoration of Pont Alexandre III in Paris]
- The Centre George Pompidou
- Wandmalerei heute – politique de fresques in Paris [Contemporary wall-painting in Paris]