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About Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler is Professor of Sustainability Science 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 has been working as an international consultant for different organizations, such as the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ); the German, Austrian and Belgium Red Cross; the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); the Swedish Organisation 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 United Kingdom.
Christine’s specific field of interest is sustainable urban development and housing in the context of climate change, increasing disasters, and other risks such as HIV/Aids. Her past and current work examines how cities can meet climate change challenges by: (a) analyzing the reciprocal relationship between urban development and disaster risk, and (b) identifying ways as to how risk reduction and adaptation can be sustainably integrated into urban development practice. 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 holds a PhD on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation (Housing Development and Management, Lund University) and a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance (University of Bochum, Germany). Post-graduate training includes Programme Evaluation (Centre for Evaluation CeVal, 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). Finally, she is trained as an Urban Planner and Architect (University Stuttgart, Germany; Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Belleville, France) with specialisation in international urban development planning.


Present Associate Professor, Lund University
Present LUCSUS - Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University

Research Interests

Sustainable urban development, Climate change adaptation and transformation, Disaster risk reduction, and Urban resilience

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Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Fellow at the Global Urban Research Centre (GURC) and the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Visiting/Guest Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Institute of Strategic Landscape Planning and Management; Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management


  • Urban and rural systems and sustainability (post-graduate level)
  • Methods for climate change mitigation and adaptattion (post-graduate level)

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