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Ebba Brink


Areas of expertise

  • Climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Ecosystem services and nature-based solutions in urban areas (with particular focus on ecosystem-based adaptation)
  • Transdisciplinarity


My main research interest is how cities and people manage and adapt to climate-related risk, including the contributions and different representations of Nature in this process. Since uncovering and addressing root causes of risk and vulnerability requires working across traditional academic disciplines and the science/society-divide, I am also interested in interdisciplinary, participatory and reflexive approaches to science.

My current research focus at LUCSUS is on synergies and conflicts around climate change adaptation and related nature-based solutions in informal settlements in rapidly urbanising cities in the Global South; in particular, in Brazil and India.

Past research includes my newly published PhD thesis, where I used an interdisciplinary and mixed methods approach to examine the role and potential of two relatively new approaches for reducing local risk from adverse climate events: ecosystem-based adaptation and citizen engagement in adaptation. This entailed reviewing scientific evidence from urban case studies worldwide, and empirically examining adaptation processes in south-Swedish municipalities. In particular, I examined how and on what basis ecosystem-based adaptation is applied in cities; how and for what reasons Swedish citizens engage in adaptation; and how the two approaches played out in local adaptation governance.

Research projects

Building Inclusive Urban Communities (BInUCom), 2015-2019. Erasmus+ capacity building project financed by the EU. (Project webpage@Danube University Krems)

Increasing societies’ adaptive capacities to climate change: Distributed urban risk governance for achieving sustainable transformation and resilience of cities, 2012-2017. Financed by FORMAS. (Project webpage)

Implementing the Ecosystem Services Approach at the municipal level (ECOSIMP), 2013-2016. Financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. (Project webpage in Swedish)


My teaching has mostly focused on methods for climate change adaptation and its integration (or mainstreaming) into local/urban planning. Since 2013, I have been involved in teaching the following courses at master’s level:

  • Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability (urban module) *
  • Methods for Adaptation and Mitigation (adaptation module) **
  • Resilience and Sustainability (new elective in 2018) *

*Lund University International Master’s Program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES)

**Lund University Master’s Programme in Applied Climate Change Strategies (Tillämpad klimatstrategi)

I encourage students to apply theoretical frameworks on risk and adaptation to analyse local climate risk beyond its apparent or immediate causes and suggest comprehensive adaptation strategies that resonate with local contexts and communities.

Outreach and policy engagement

In line with my ambition to communicate my research with knowledge users outside academia, I have participated in a number of outreach activities. Most recent is the collaboration with south-Swedish municipalities in the ECOSIMP project, which entailed repeated rounds of presentation of research results to - and incorporating input from - municipal planners and ecologists. I have also co-authored policy and synthesis reports and planning tools in both Swedish (e.g., ECOSIMP report, EbA synthesis and CCA synthesis) and English (e.g., EbA guideline).

Research outputs

Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Research outputs

Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Research outputs

Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Ebba Brink
E-mail: ebba [dot] brink [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se


Ebba Brink is a researcher at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS). She has a master’s degree in Engineering Mathematics with a focus on Risk Management, and a PhD in Sustainability Science, both from Lund University. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the roles of people and nature in the governance of urban climate risk.

Research Projects

Ebba’s ongoing research projects include:

  • Building Inclusive Urban Communities (BInUCom), on how planning and architecture schools can develop their curricula to better address the complex challenges of informality, environmental risks and social exclusion faced by the urban poor (India)
  • Increasing Societies’ Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change, on the role of active citizens and distributed urban risk governance for achieving resilient cities (Sweden)

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