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Vasna Ramasar

Postdoctoral fellow


I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden. I was born and raised in South Africa, a dynamic country, where I learnt important lessons of freedoms, people’s roles in nature and about inequality. I have 10 years research, consulting and teaching experience across southern and eastern Africa, Asia, Europe and north America.  In the past, my work has focused on water governance, environmental assessment and policy, HIV/AIDS and the environment and sustainability but being a generalist at heart, I am most interested trying to understand the big picture of how people and planetary dynamics come together and the complexity of these interactions.

Current Research

My work is framed within the broad field of political ecology and I seek to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to questions of development and sustainability. I have recently focused my research on the politics of scale within development and environmental governance in the areas of the energy crisis, health and the environment and water governance.

Key areas of expertise

  • Development and sustainability
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Environmental governance
  • Justice and human rights
  • Environmental assessment and management
  • Health and the environment
  • Environmental policy
  • Project management

My PhD research focused on the political economy of water and how cross-scalar interactions influence inequitable water allocations.

See my thesis


I teach, supervise and examine students at undergraduate and Masters level in courses covering environmental governance, development and sustainability, health, theory of science, and sustainability science. I have been the course co-ordinator for the Culture, Power and Sustainability masters programme thesis course and supervised twelve students in Human Ecology and Environmental Management and Sustainability Science as well as co-supervising a doctoral candidate in Water Engineering.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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Vasna Ramasar
E-mail: vasna [dot] ramasar [at] hek [dot] lu [dot] se

Associate senior lecturer

Department of Human Geography

+46 46 222 68 33


Geocentrum 1, Sölvegatan 10, Lund


Visiting research fellow

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)


P.O. Box 170, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46(0)46- 222 80 81
info [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se