Chad Boda

PhD Candidate




I am a PhD candidate in Sustainability Science at the Lund University Center or Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) at Lund University in Lund, Sweden in the LUCID program. I am originally from Flagler Beach, Florida, U.S.A. I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2010 in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, and my Master’s degree in 2012 in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from the LUMES program here at Lund University.

Research Interests

My current PhD research focuses on the politics of planning and management in the coastal zone, with a particular focus on the management of barrier island dune systems in small coastal communities in Florida. Since 2013, I have been working collaboratively with the City of Flagler Beach, Florida, to develop a beach management plan and implementation strategy to restore and maintain their local beach which has been severely degraded after years of using hard measures (e.g. seawalls) to control natural erosion. Some of the major themes in my interdiscipinary research are:

  • Environmental politics
  • Spatial planning
  • Political economy
  • Bio-geomorphology
  • Conservation science


Beyond my research I also teach for a variety of courses for the Lund University International Master’s Program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES), including:

  • MESS31- Earth System Science
  • MESS32- Social Theory and Sustainability
  • MESS33- Sustainability Science
  • MESS34-Governance and Sustainability
  • MESS35-Urban and Rural Systems and Sustainability
  • MESS36-Economy and Sustainability
  • MESS37- Knowledge to Action.
  • MESS50- Deciphering Landscape (elective course)

Outreach Activities

I work with a variety of organizations outside of the LUCSUS center. Some of the latest or ongoing activities include:

  • Procivitas Private Highschool, Helsingborg/Lund:
    • (Only available in Swedish)
  • Sydvatten’s Tänk H20 initiative
  • World Water Day with Vattenhallen Science Center at Lund University
  • Framtidsveckan 2014 with Kristianstads Kommun
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Publications and Conferences

Journal and Book Publications:

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

Boda, C. XXX. The Politics of Landscape Production in the History of Development along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.  Landscape Research. Forthcoming.

Brady, 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:

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

Islar, M., and Boda, C. 2014. Political ecology of inter-basin water transfers in Turkish water governance. Ecology and Society 19(4): 15.

M. Islar, Boda, C, D. O’Byrne, M. Naster (Eds) 2014. Globalization Informed by Sustainable Development (GLOBIS). European Union- 7 Framework, FP7-ENV-2008-1 (227055). Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

Andersson, E., Boda, C., Hermele, K., Jerneck, A., Olsson, L., Ramasar, V., Steen, K., Tambang, Y. G. 2013. Rethinking Agriculture. Report for the Swedish and Norwegian Parliaments in conjunction with the Right Livelihoods Foundation. Available at:

Boda, C. 2012. A Tangible Point of Reference: How to transform the obstructive public attitude towards climate change in the United States? Masters Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science. Lund, Sweden: Lund University. Available at:

Media Articles:

FlaglerLive, 2017- Why a Seawall in Flagler Beach Could Harm Sea Turtles and Violate the Law:

Palm Coast Observer, 2017- Flagler Beach needs to weigh seawall and other A1A options carefully:

Daytona Beach News Journal, 2017- Good, bad and ugly of beach-building:


Boda, C. 2016. Pimping Paradise: The neo-liberalization of growth management in Florida and its implications for conservation. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference in Contemporary Social Sciences- Crisis and the Social Sciences: New Challenges and Perspectives held between 10 – 12 June at University of Crete, Greece.

Valencia, S. Boda, C. 2015. SETZ: Social-ecological transition zones in the 21st century. Paper presented at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference held between 24-27 June 2015 at University of California at San Diego.

Boda, C. 2015. The Politics of Landscape Production in the History of Development Along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Presented at the 7th annual ICCG conference held between July 24-28th 2015 in Ramallah, Palestine.

Boda, C., V. Ramasar 2015. Sustainable management of coastal zones: Six cross-scale and cross-level linkages. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual GPSS-GLI International Symposium – How can we build “Kizuna” for sustainability? An ecological perspective – Exploring the Frontiers of Sustainability Science 2015. The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

Boda, C., V. Ramasar 2014. Scaling Barrier Island Management: Continuity, Change and Conflict in the History of Human-Environment Interactions on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographer’s Conference, Special Session: Science, Politics and Conflict in Aquatic Environments: From Restoration to Intervention? II. Tampa, Florida.

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