Christine Wamsler

Associate Professor




Christine is an expert in sustainable city development with focus on inclusive climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction/management, climate policy mainstreaming, urban resilience and transformation. She is Associate Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Co-director of the Centre for Societal Resilience, Associate of Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM), Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and Honorary Fellow at the Global Urban Research Centre (GURC) and the Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) of the University of Manchester. She is also part of the personnel pool of risk reduction experts of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). In addition, Christine is working as a consultant for different organizations, such as the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German, Austrian and Belgium Red Cross, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Organization 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 UK. Christine recently published a Routledge book entitled “Cities, Disaster Risk and Adaptation”.

Christine is trained as an Architect and Urban Planner, with specialization in International Urban Development Planning (University of Stuttgart, Germany & Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Belleville, France). She holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Assistance (University of Bochum, Germany), a PhD on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and a postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) in Sustainability Science (Lund University, Sweden). Post-graduate training includes Project Evaluation (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).


Christine’s research interests are in sustainable and inclusive city development and focus on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, resilience and urban transformation. Global trends such as climate change, the ways in which power emerges and consolidates, and the causes and consequences of the unequal distribution of risk, are central to understanding urban challenges. At the same time, cities have the potential to enhance opportunities for their citizens.

Christine’s work examines how cities can meet disaster and climate change challenges by analyzing (a) the reciprocal relationship between urban development and risk, (b) ways as to how risk reduction and adaptation can be sustainably integrated in urban development practice and, in this context, (c) exploring the role of mindful/compassionate responses to climate change. 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’s research projects  include:

  1. Sustainable urban transformation for climate change adaptation, 2012–2018, financed by The Swedish Research Council FORMAS (see project website).
  2. Urban ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change (ECOSIMP), 2013–2017, financed by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency SEPA (see project website).
  3. Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching (focus: risk reduction and adaptation planning to foster sustainable transformation), since 2015.
  4. Reducing water-related risks in cities (WASH & RESCUE), 2014–15, financed by Stockholm Environment Institute SEI (see project website).
  5. European disasters in urban centers: the role of culture in disaster management and risk (EDUCEN), since 2015, financed by the EU (see project website). Member of the Advisory Board.
  6. Erasmus+ capacity building project on ‘Building Inclusive Urban Communities’ (BInUCom), 2015–2019, financed by the EU (see project website).
  7. Climate change adaptation and empowerment, 2016-2017, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
  8. Ecosystem-based adaptation and (urban) transformation, 2015-2016, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
  9. Ecosystem-based adaptation in urban environments, 2014-2015, joint cooperation and research project with Leuphana University, Germany (Faculty of Sustainability).
  10. Cities, disaster risk and adaptation, 2012–2014, supported and financed  by Resilient Regions Association and Routledge (see related webiste).


Christine is supervising and mentoring PhD students at the Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability (LUCID), the Centre for Natural Disaster Science (CNDS) at Uppsala University, and the Department of Strategic Landscape Planning and Management at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Furthermore, Christine is course coordinator and teacher in the context of different Master programmes:

  • Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES) at LUCSUS, Lund University;
  • Master Programme in Applied Climate Change Strategies at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Lund University;
  • Master in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Societal Resilience Centre and Department of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University; and
  • The Master of Disaster Management Programme (MDMa) at Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Topics taught include sustainable city development; disaster risk management; urban risk reduction; climate change adaptation; post-disaster recovery; and mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching. Christine is a member of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.


Christine’s research projects (see above) are carried out in close cooperation with different stakeholders, mainly city authorities and urban residents, and are designed to influence related policies and practice. To reach different stakeholder groups, Christine has authored a wide range of scientific and professional journal articles, book chapters, working papers, policy briefs and operational frameworks (see below). She is further an active member in numerous scientific committees, expert panels and reference groups (e.g. for the British Academy, UK’s Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC], the Department of International Development [DFID], the European Commission, NordForsk, SEI, I-Rec, ProVention Consortium, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), JPI Climate) and works as editorial board member or reviewer for various international journals (e.g. Sustainability Science, Disasters, Ecology and Society, Global Environmental Change) and publishing houses (e.g. Routledge, Elsevier).



Wamsler, C. (2014) Cities, Disaster Risk, and Adaptation, Routledge Series on Critical Introduction to Urbanism and the City, London: Routledge. Book flyer. Available at: (Peer reviewed).

Wamsler, C. (2009) Urban Risk Reduction and Adaptation: How to Promote Resilient Communities and Adapt to Increasing Disasters and Changing Climatic Conditions? VDM Publishing. (Peer-reviewed).


Wamsler C., Brossmann J., Hendersson H., Kristjansdottir R., McDonald C., Scarampi P. (2017) Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice and teaching. Sustainability Science. Forthcoming.

Johanessen, Å, Wamsler, C. (2017) ‘What does resilience mean for urban water services?’ Ecology and Societ 22(1):1. Available at

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:

Wamsler, C, Brink, E. (2016) ‘The Urban Domino Effect: A Conceptualization of Cities’ Interconnectedness of Risk’, International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 7(2):80–113. 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:

Beery, T., Stålhammar, S. Jönsson, K.I.Wamsler, C., Bramryd, T., Brink, E., Ekelund, N., Johansson, M., Palo, T., Schubert, P. (2016). Perceptions of the Ecosystem Services Concept: Opportunities and Challenges in the Swedish Municipal Context’. Ecosystem Services 17: 123–130. Available at:

Zölch, T., Maderspacher, J., Wamsler, C., & Pauleit, S. (2016). Using green infrastructure for urban climate-proofing: An evaluation of heat mitigation measures at the micro-scale. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 20:305–316.

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

Rivera, C., Tehler, H., Wamsler, C. (2015) ‘Fragmentation in Disaster Risk Management Systems: A Barrier for Integrated Planning’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 14: 445–456. Available at:

Luederitz, C., Brink, E., Gralla, F., Hermelingmeier, V., Meyer, M., Niven, L., Panzer, L., Partelow, S., Rau, A-L., Sasaki, R., Abson, D.J., Lang, D.J., Wamsler, C., von Wehrden, H. (2015). ‘A Review of Urban Ecosystem Services: Six Key Challenges for Future Research’. Ecosystem Services 14:98–112. Available at:

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2015). ‘The Role of Individual Adaptive Practice for Sustainable Adaptation. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE) 6(1) 6–29. See: WINNER OF Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2016 – See more at:

Wamsler, C., Lüderitz, C. and Brink, E. (2014). ‘Local Levers for Change: Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Adaptation into Municipal Planning to Foster Sustainability Transitions’. Global Environmental Change (GEC) 29 (2014) 189-201. See:

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2014). ‘Planning for Resilience to Climatic Extremes and Variability: A Review of Swedish Municipalities’ Adaptation Responses’. Sustainability 6(3):1359–1385. Available at:

Wamsler, C. and Brink, E. (2014) ‘Moving Beyond Short-Term Coping and Adaptation’, Environment and Urbanization 26:1–26, special issue on ‘Towards Resilience and Transformation for Cities’. Available at:

Rivera, C. and Wamsler, C. (2014) ‘Integrating climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and urban planning: A review of Nicaraguan policies and regulations’. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 7:78–90. Available at

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2014). ‘Interfacing Citizens’ and Institutions’ Practice and Responsibilities for Climate Change Adaptation’. Urban Climate 7:64–81. Available at:

Wamsler, C. (2013) ‘Managing Risk: From the United Nations to Local-level Realities – or Vice Versa’, Climate and Development 5(3), 253–255. Available at:

Wamsler, C., Brink, E, and Rivera, C. (2013) ‘Planning for Climate Change in Urban Areas: From Theory to Practice’, Journal of Cleaner Production 50(1), 68–81, special issue on ‘Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation’. Available at: (please see revised version under Academia, Bepress and Researchgate)

Wamsler, C., Brink, E. and Rentala, O. (2012) ‘Climate Change, Adaptation, and Formal Education: The Role of Schooling for Increasing Societies’ Adaptive Capacities in El Salvador and Brazil’, Ecology and Society 17 (2): 2, special issue on ‘Education and Differential Vulnerability to Natural Disasters’. Available at: Revised version (!) in: Sendzimir, J. and W. P. Butz (eds.) (2013) Education and Differential Vulnerability to Natural Disasters. Special issue to Ecology and Society 17(2)-18(3). Laxenburg: IIASA.

Wamsler, C., Lawson, N. (2012) ‘Complementing Institutional with Localized Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation: A South–North Comparison’, Disasters (Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management) 36(1): 28−53.

Wamsler, C., Lawson, N. (2011) ‘The Role of Formal and Informal Insurance Mechanisms for Reducing Urban Disaster Risk: A South-North Comparison’, Housing Studies Vol. 26(2):197–223, special issue on ‘Disasters, Housing and Actuarialism: On the Securitisation of Risk’.

Wamsler C. (2010) ‘An Innovative Systems Approach for Research on Urban Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’, Systemist 23(3) Winter 2010:188–216.

Wamsler, C. (2010) ‘Reducing Risk in a Changing Climate: Changing Paradigms Toward Pro-poor Adaptation’,Open House International 35(1):6–25.

Wamsler, C. (2008) ‘Achieving Urban Resilience: Understanding and Tackling Disasters from a Local Perspective’, Urban Design and Planning 161(DP4):163-171, December 2008.

Wamsler, C. (2008) ‘Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in Settlement Development Planning’, Open House International(OHI) 33(4):6-7, special issue on ‘HIV/AIDS and settlement development planning’, editorial.

Wamsler, C. (2008) ‘Climate Change Impacts on Cities: Ignore, Mitigate or Adapt?”, TRIALOG (Journal for Planning and Building in the Global South) 97(2):4-10.

Wamsler, C. (2007) ‘Bridging the Gaps: Stakeholder-Based Strategies for Risk Reduction and Financing for the Urban Poor’, Environment and Urbanization 19(1):115–142, April 2007, special issue on ‘Reducing Risks to Cities from Climate Change and Disasters’.

Wamsler, C. (2007) ‘Integrando la Gestión del Riesgo, Planificación Urbana y Vivienda Social: Lecciones de El Salvador’ [Integrating Disaster Risk Management, Urban Planning and Social housing], INVI (Internacional Journal of the Institute of Housing, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Chile) 59:93–114.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Understanding Disasters From a Local Perspective: Insights into Improving Assistance for Social Housing and Settlement Development’, TRIALOG 91(4):4–8, special issue on ‘Building on Disasters’.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Building on Disasters’, TRIALOG 91(4):2, special issue on ‘Building on Disasters’, editorial.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Integrating Risk Reduction, Urban Planning and Housing: Lessons from El Salvador’, Open House International 31(1):71–83.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Managing Urban Disasters’, Open House International 31(1):4–9, special issue on ‘Managing Urban Disasters’, editorial.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Mainstreaming Risk Reduction in Urban Planning and Housing: A Challenge for International Aid Organisations’, Disasters, 30(2):151–77.

Wamsler, C. (2004) ‘Managing Urban Risk: Perceptions of Housing and Planning as a Tool for Reducing Disaster Risk’, Global Built Environment Review 4(2):11–28.

Wamsler, C. (2002) ‘Katastrophen-Risikomanagement’ [Disaster risk management], TRIALOG 73(5):32–35.

Wamsler, C. (1998) ‘Architektur und Städtebau in Bassar, einer Kleinstadt in Togo’ [Architecture and Urban Planning in Bassar in Togo, West Africa], TRIALOG 59, 4/1998


Wamsler, C., Pauleit, S., Zölch, T., Schetke, S., Mascarenhas, A. (2017) ‘Mainstreaming Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Governance and Planning’, book chapter in: Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas – Linkages of Science, Society and Policy, Kabisch, N., Bonn, A., Korn, H., Stadler, J. (eds) Springer. (Peer reviewed)

Kammerbauer, M., Wamsler, C. (2017) ‘Reconstructing Vulnerability after Floods in Germany: Oil Damage and Recovery’, book chapter in: Urban Planning for Disaster Recovery, March, A., Kornakova, M., Leon, J. (eds), Elsevier. (Peer reviewed)

Rivera, C., Tehler, T., Wamsler, C. (2017) ‘Evaluating the Performance of Disaster Risk Management Systems – Is It Possible?’, book chapter IV in: Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Madu, C.N, Chu-hua, K. (eds), London: World Scientific Press & Imperial College Press. (Peer reviewed)

Wamsler, C. and Brink, E. (2014) ‘Adaptive Capacity: From Coping to Sustainable Transformation’, pp. 54–82, book chapter in: Climate change adaptation and development: Transforming paradigms and practices, Inderberg, T., Eriksen, S., O’Brien, K. and Sygna, L. (eds.), Routledge. See (Peer reviewed)

Wamsler, C. (2013) ‘Climate Change Adaptation in Cities’ [Anpassning i Städer], pp. 45–58, book chapter in: Climate Research: Past, Present, and Future [15 Nedslag i Klimatforskningen: Dåtid, Nutid, Framtid], Hall, M. And Björck, I. (eds), Lund: Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC). Available at: (Peer-reviewed)

Wamsler, C. (2008) ‘Planning Ahead: Adapting Settlements Before Disasters Strike’, pp.317–354, book chapter in: Hazards and the Built Environment: Attaining Built-in Resilience, Bosher, L. (ed.), London: Taylor and Francis Publications. (Peer-reviewed)

Wamsler, C. (2007) ‘Coping Strategies in Urban Slums’, in: State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future, chapter 6 on ‘Reducing natural disaster risk in cities’, p.124, New York: The World Watch Institute, Norton & Company. (Peer-reviewed)

Wamsler, C. (1997) ‘Hugo Junkers’ (overview of Hugo Junkers engineering accomplishments). In: L’art de l’ingénieur: constructeur, entrepeneur, inventeur [The art of the engineer: constructor, manager and innovator], Picon, A. (ed.), Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou.


Wamsler, C. (2015) Guideline for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Municipal Planning and Governance. Working Paper 31. Disaster Studies and Management Working Paper Series of the University College London (UCL) Hazard Centre. Available at: (English,German and Swedish version) German title: Integration des Themenfeldes Klimaanpassung in Stadtverwaltung und -planung. Swedish title: Integration av klimatanpassning i kommunal verksamhet och planering. See also related online article under:

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2015) ‘From Adaptive Capacity to Adaptation: Rethinking the Interface between Institutions and Citizens’. Input paper for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 in Japan, report entitled The State of DRR at the Local Level – A 2015 Report on the Patterns of Disaster Risk Reduction Actions at Local Level.

Wamsler, C, Brink, E. (2015) ‘The Urban Domino Effect: A Conceptualization of Cities’ Interconnectedness of Risk’. Input paper for the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15); Annex to the Global Assessment Report, published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 to influence the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2). Available at:,%202014.pdf

Hjerpe, M., Glaas, E., Storbjörk, S., Jonsson, C. A., Brink, E., Wamsler, C. (2014). Swedish Research on Climate Change Governance and Planning [Svensk forskning om klimatanpassning inom styrning och planering]. Centrum för klimatforskning, CSPR Briefing nr. 12, 2014. Available at:

Johannessen, Å., Wamsler, C., Becker, Fredby, J., Castell, O., Rottier, E., Sivertun, Å., Björklund, G., Roffey, R. (2014) Water and Risk: Developing Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Swedish Water House Policy Report/SIWI. Available at:

Brink, E., Osmani, A., Wamsler, C. (2014) Guide for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation [En klimatanpassingguide för kommuner], Lund University and Svalövs Municipality.Guide.28.11.2014

Wamsler, C. (2014) Urban focus in climate change adaptation and risk reduction, Policy Brief, Klimat i Fokus Nr 12, CEC, Lund University. Available at:

Wamsler, C. (2014) Städer i fokus för klimatanpassning och riskreducering, Policy Brief, Klimat i Fokus Nr 12, CEC, Lund University. Available at:

Dahlgren, S. and C. Wamsler (2014) Evaluation of the Development of the Sustainable City Approach, 2014:6 Sida decentralised Evaluation Report, 63 pages, Sida. Available at:—final-report_3737.pdf

Wamsler, C. (2011) Climate Change, Adaptation and Formal Education: The Role of Schooling for Increasing Societies’ Adaptive Capacities, IIASA Interim Report IR-11-024, summary of the outcomes of the project component b of the EU project ‘Forecasting Societies’ Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change’, Laxenburg, Austria: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Wamsler, C. (2009) Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Urban Development, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), Global Urban Research Centre (GURC), Working Paper Series No. 3, Manchester: GURC.

Wamsler, C. (2009) Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Urban Development, Brookes World Poverty Institute (BWPI), Working Paper Series No. 101, Manchester: BWPI.Wamsler 2009 (Brookes World Poverty Institute & GURC)

Wamsler, C. (2006/7) Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction for Aid Organisations Working in Human Settlement Development [English and Spanish version], Benfield Hazard Research Centre (BHRC) Disaster Studies Working Paper No. 14, London: BHCR.

GTZ (2003) Peru: Reconstruction Programming with Integration of Disaster Risk Management [Perú: Proyecto de Reconstrucción con Inclusión de la Gestión de Riesgo], Wamsler, C. (main author) with Castañeda, M. and Chuquimia, E., GTZ publication, Eschborn: GTZ.

GTZ (2003) El Salvador: Reconstruction Programming with Integration of Disaster Risk Management [El Salvador: Proyecto de Reconstrucción con Inclusión de la Gestión de Riesgo], Wamsler, C. (main autor) with Umaña, C., GTZ publication, Eschborn: GTZ.

GTZ/CONRED (2001) Local disaster risk management: measures in the fields of social housing, settlement upgrading and urban development [Medidas de mejoramiento de viviendas y de urbanismo como parte de la gestión local de riesgo], Wamsler, C. (single author), Guatemala: GTZ and CONRED (National Emergency Agency of Guatemala).

GTZ (2000): The Informal Waste Management Sector in Mexico City [El Sector Informal en el Reciclaje de los Residuos Sólidos Municipales en el Estado de México], Wamsler, C. (single author), Report elaborated for the Ministry of Environment in Mexico, Mexico: GTZ. Available at:


Nordh, Nina (2015) Interview with Wamsler, C. ‘New tool for municipal climate change adaptation’ [Nytt verktyg för kommuners klimatanpassning]. See

Bernstrup, S. (2015). Interview with Wamsler, C. ‘Cities’ vulnerable safety’ [Stadens sårbara säkerhet], Sydsvenskan 14.04.2015, p.10. See:

Wamsler, C. (2011/12) ‘Education: Key to climate change adaptation?’ Options: Winter 2011/12:23 on ‘Human Wellbeing & Sustainable Development’.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Tackling Urban Vulnerability: An Operational Framework for Aid Organisations’,Humanitarian Exchange (HE) 35:24–26, special issue on ‘Humanitarian Action in Urban Contexts’.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‘International Fair for the Protection of Historical Monuments in France’ [Le Salon International du Patrimoine – Messe für Denkmalschutz in Frankreich], DSI (Journal for the Protection of Historical Monuments), DSI 2/1996.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‘Contemporary Wall-painting in Paris’ [Wandmalerei heute – politique de fresques in Paris],DSI 3/1996.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‘The Centre George Pompidou’, DSI 3/1996.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‘Restoration of the Bridge Pont Alexandre III in Paris [Restaurierung der Pont Alexandre III in Paris], DSI 3/1996.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‘New Department of Architecture in the French Cultural Ministry’ [Neue Architekturabteilung innerhalb des französischen Kulturministeriums], DSI 3/1996.

Wamsler, C. (1996) ‚First European Museum of Photography in Paris‘  [Erstes europäisches Museum für Fotographie in Paris], DSI 3/1996.


Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Governance. See

Editor of Open House International (OHI) 2015, special issue on ‘Urban Climate Change Adaptation’ (in planning).

Editor of Open House International (OHI) 2008:33(4), special issue on ‘HIV/AIDS and Settlement Development Planning’.

Editor of TRIALOG (Journal for Planning and Building in the Global South) 2006:91(4), special issue on ‘Building on Disasters’.

Editor of Open House International (OHI) 2006:31(1), special issue on ‘Managing Urban Disasters’.


Wamsler, C. (2015) ‘Strategies of Resilience – Actors and Processes’. Keynote speech. Symposium ‘Rebuild by design’ held at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in cooperation with the Architecture Gallery Munich, Germany.

Wamsler, C. (2015) ‘Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas’. Keynote speech. European Conference. Bonn, Germany.

Wamsler, C. (2013) ‘Distributed Urban Risk Governance and Planning’, European Climate Change Conference: Integrating Climate into Action, Special session on Adaptation Strategies and Planning, March 18–20, 2013, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Wamsler, C. (2009) ‘Complementing Institutional with Localised Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation: A South–North Comparison’, Geographer’s Annual International Conference. Special session on Climate Change, August 26–28, 2009, Manchester University, UK.

Wamsler, C. (2009) ‘An Innovative Systems approach for Research on Urban Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation’, Systems Society Conference 2009 on ‘Systems Research: Lessons from the Past – Progress for the Future, September 1–2, 2009, Oxford University, UK.

Wisner, B., Mascarenhas, A., Wamsler, C., Arnold, M. & Haghebaert, B. (2007). Community and Civil Society Perspectives, Local Knowledge and Coping Strategies, Workshop Concept Note for the ProVention Consortium Forum 2007: Making Disaster Risk Reduction Work – Building Safer Communities in Africa and Worldwide, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, February 13–15, 2007, ProVention, Geneva. Invited panellist and speaker of the session on community and civil society perspectives, local knowledge and coping strategies.

Wamsler, C. (2007) ‘Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery’. Stockholm Forum for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (2007), October 22–25, 2007, Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida), The World Bank, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Invited speaker.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Disaster Risk Management: The Role of Architects and Urban Planners’, TRIALOG conference on ‘Planning in Need – Need for Planning’, 20.-21.10.2006, Vienna, Austria. Invited keynote speaker.

Wamsler, C. (2006) ‘Operational Framework for Integrating Risk Reduction’, International Disaster Reduction Conference, Davos, Switzerland, August 27–September 01, 2006, Proceedings Vol. 3:626–629.

Wamsler, C. (2005) ‘Preventing Post-Disaster Destructions and Forced Evictions: Integrating Risk Reduction, Urban Planning and Housing in El Salvador’, N-AERUS Conference on Promoting Social Inclusion in Urban Areas Policies and Practice, September 16–17, 2005, Lund, Sweden.

UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (2005) Kobe, Japan. German Delegation,  January 18–22, 2005. Invited participation.

Wamsler, C. (2004) ‘Local Disaster Risk Management for Low-Income Settlements’, European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) International Housing Conference on Housing Growth and Regeneration, Cambridge, July 2–6, 2004, Proceedings, p.213.

Wamsler, C. (2002), ‘Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Gujarat, India’, RedR, Engineers for Disaster Relief, ‘Settlement Planning and Shelter Construction in Emergencies’, September 04–08, 2002, UK. Invited speaker.


Wamsler, C. (2007) Managing Urban Disaster Risk: Analysis and Adaptation Frameworks for Integrated Settlement Development Programming for the Urban Poor, Dec. 2007, Doctoral thesis, Lund: Lund University. Available at:

Wamsler, C. (2001) Evaluation of Housing Programmes: Analysis of Existing Frameworks for Evaluating International Development Aid Programmes and their potential use in the context of Humanitarian Assistance [Evaluierung von Projekten mit dem Ziel der Wohnraumbeschaffung: Evaluierung von Wohnbau-Projekten der Entwicklungshilfe sowie dessen Übertragung auf Projekte der Humanitären Hilfe], June 2001, Master thesis in International Humanitarian Assistance, Bochum: Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Wamsler, C. (1999) Urban development of Lomé, capital of Togo, West Africa: Urban planning concepts with special consideration of the city’s commercial centres and culture-specific lifestyles [Lomé, Hauptstadt Togos, Westafrika: Konzepte zur städtebaulichen Entwicklung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Handelszentren sowie kulturspezifischer Wohnformen], Master thesis in Architecture and Urban Planning, Stuttgart: Universität Stuttgart.


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