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Sustainable Coastal Planning and Management

Climate Adaptation, Risk Reduction and Empowerment


Funding organisations
Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID)
The Swedish Research Council Formas
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Since 2015

Chad Boda
Christine Wamsler
David O’Byrne,
Ebba Brink
Stephen Woroniecki

Coastal cities are increasingly exposed to specific problems for sustainability which are not found anywhere else.  The interface between land and water is among the most ecologically productive areas on earth and, at the same time, is most densely populated. This combination of high ecological value and concentration of human inhabitants means that coastal habitats provide a significant portion of the ecosystems goods and services used by society, such as food and hazard protection. Coastal cities are, however, also among the most vulnerable places on earth due to both human manipulations (such as urbanization) and ongoing global environmental changes (such as climate change). As a result, many millions of people are going to live increasingly at risk. Against this background, researchers at LUCSUS look into how society can continue to live sustainably along the coast in an age of increasing floods, sea level rise, storm intensity and growing global inequality.

Research themes and projects
Different research themes and projects are linked under the Sustainable Coastal Planning and Management Program. These include:

News: Project-related publications and outreach

Boda, C. (2017) Applying frame-analysis and reframing for integrated conservation and development: Example from Mumbai. Development in Practice. Forthcoming.

Boda, C. (2017) The Politics of Landscape Production in the History of Development along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.  Landscape Research. Online First.

Boda, C. (2017) Why a Seawall in Flagler Beach Could Harm Sea Turtles and Violate the Law. FlaglerLive. Available at:

Boda, C. (2017) Flagler Beach needs to weigh seawall and other A1A options carefully. Palm Coast Observer. Available at:

Boda, C. (2017) Good, bad and ugly of beach-building. Daytona Beach News Journal. Available at:, A., Boda C. (2016) How do we know if Managed Realignment for coastal habitat compensation is successful? Insights from the implementation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives in England. Ocean & Coastal Management. Online First:

Wamsler, C., Pauleit, S. (2016) ‘Making Headway in Climate Policy Mainstreaming and Eosystem-Based Adaptation: Two Pioneering Countries, different Pathways, one Goal’. Climatic Change 137(1):71-87. Available at:

Wamsler, C., Niven, L, Beery, T., Bramryd, T., Ekelund, N., Jönsson, I., Osmani, A., Palo, T., Stålhammar, S. (2016) ‘Operationalizing Ecosystem-Based Adaptation: Harnessing Ecosystem Services to Buffer Communities against Climate Change’. Ecology and Society 21(1):31. Available at:

Wamsler, C. (2016) ‘From Risk Governance to City-Citizen Collaboration: Capitalizing on Individual Adaptation to Climate Change’. Environmental Policy and Governance 26:184204. Available at:

Brink, E., Aalders, T., Adam, D., Feller, R., Henselek, Y., Hoffmann, A., Ibe, K., Matthey-Doret, A., Meyer, M., Negrut, L., Rau, A-L., Riewerts, B., Törnros, S., von Schuckmann, L., Von Wehrden, H., Abson D.J., Wamsler, C. (2016) ‘Cascades of Green: A Review of Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Urban Areas’. Global Environmental Change (GEC) 36:111–123. Available at:

Boda, C. 2015. Power and Rationality in Coastal Planning: Effects on participation and possibility in the management of barrier island dunes in Flagler Beach, Florida, U.S.A. Journal of Coastal Conservation. 19:4, pp 561-576

Partlow, S. and Boda, C. 2015. A modified social-ecological system framework for lobster fisheries: Case implementation and sustainability assessment in Southern California. Ocean & Coastal Management 114: 204-217

Wamsler, C. (2015) ‘Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Transformation Toward Sustainability in Urban Governance and Planning’. Ecology and Society 20(2):30. Available at:

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