Ebba Brink

PhD Candidate


Visiting address:
1st floor, Josephson building,
Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

Email: ebba.brink(at)lucsus.lu.se

Twitter: @EbbaHBrink

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Current Research

My PhD project investigates the potential of, and contributing factors to, a stronger involvement of citizens in the governance of urban climate risk. Key questions to be answered, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, are: What are the alignments and mismatches between municipalities’​ and citizens’ responsibility for climate change adaptation? How have concrete interactions between the two parties played out in the context of adaptation? What kind of institutional efforts mobilize city dwellers’ adaptive capacity and action, and what are the conditions for collaborative arrangements?

The geographical focus is primarily on municipalities in Sweden. I conduct my PhD research in the context of two larger projects: “Increasing societies’ adaptive capacities to climate change: Distributed urban risk governance for achieving sustainable transformation and resilience of cities” and “Implementing the Ecosystem Services Approach at the Municipal level” (ECOSIMP) (see under “Research Projects” below).


With a Master’s degree in Engineering Mathematics from Lund University, my academic background is in mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the application of mathematics in different engineering disciplines (mechanics, signals and communication, computer science, etc.).

During the course of my undergraduate studies, I became increasingly interested in interdisciplinary subjects and as a part of my specialisation in Risk Management, I conducted my Master’s thesis based on a case study of an informal settlement (favela) in Brazil. There, I examined both quantitatively and qualitatively the linkages between climate-related risk, social vulnerability, the (informally built) urban environment, and formal education.

In the context of my PhD, I have strengthened my skills in e.g. qualitative methods, systems thinking and theories concerning risk, adaptation, sustainable urban planning and citizen participation, in order to conduct interdisciplinary research.

Research projects

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

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

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)


Journal articles
Brink, E., Aalders, T., Ádám, D., Feller, R., Henselek, Y., Hoffmann, A., Ibe, K., Matthey-Doret, A., Meyer, M., Negrut, N.L., Rau, A.-L., Riewerts, B., Törnros, S., von Schuckmann, L., von Wehrden, H., Abson, D.J., and Wamsler, C., 2016. Cascades of green: A review of ecosystem-based adaptation in urban areas. Global Environmental Change 36, 111-123. [Link]

Beery, T., Stålhammar, S., Jönsson, K.I., Wamsler, C., Bramryd, T., Brink, E., Ekelund, N.G.A., Johansson, M., Palo, T., and Schubert, P. (2016). Perceptions of the ecosystem services concept: Opportunities and challenges in the Swedish municipal context. Ecosystem Services 17, 123-130. [Link]

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, 80–113. [Link]

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., and von Wehrden, H. (2015). A review of urban ecosystem services: Six challenges for future research. Ecosystem Services 14, 98–112. [Link]

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2015). The role of individual adaptive practices for sustainable adaptation. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment 6(1), 6–29. [Link]

Wamsler, C., Luederitz, C. and Brink, E. (2014). Local levers for change: Mainstreaming ecosystem-based adaptation into municipal planning to foster sustainability transitions. Global Environmental Change 29, 189–201. [Link]

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. [Link]

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2014). Interfacing citizens’ and institutions’ practice and responsibilities for climate change adaptation. Urban Climate 7, 64–91. [Link]

Wamsler, C., and Brink, E. (2014). Moving beyond short-term coping and adaptation. Environment & Urbanization 26(1), 86–111. [Link]

Wamsler, C., Brink, E., and Rivera, C. (2013). Planning for climate change in urban areas: From theory to practice. Journal of Cleaner Production 50, 68–81, special issue on ‘Advancing Sustainable Urban Transformation’. [Link]

Wamsler, C., Brink, E., and Rantala, O. (2012). Climate change, adaptation, and formal education: The role of schooling for increasing societies’ adaptive capacities in El Salvador and Brazil. Ecology & Society, Vol. 17, Iss. 2, Art. 2, special issue on ‘Education and Differential Vulnerability to Natural Disasters’. [Link]

Book contributions
Speiski, F., Brazil, L., and Brink, E., 2016. ‘Urbanização, Mudanças Climáticas e Capacidade de Adaptação: estudo de caso no Morro Vital Brazil’, in: Riscos Urbanos Decorrentes do Aquecimento Global. Volume II. (forthcoming)

Wamsler, C., and  Brink, E. (2014). ‘Adaptive capacity: From coping to sustainable transformation’, in: Inderberg, T. H., Eriksen, S., O’Brien, K. and Sygna, L. (Eds.), Climate change adaptation and development: Transforming paradigms and practices. London: Routledge. [More info]

Brink, E. (2014). ‘Box 3.4: Disaster impacts on the urban fabric and their socio-economic implications for informal communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’ (p. 107), in: Wamsler, C.,: Cities, Disaster Risk and Adaptation. Routledge Series on Critical Introduction to Urbanism and the City. London: Routledge. [More info]

Working papers and policy briefs
Wamsler, C. and Brink, E., 2016. Guideline for Integrating Ecosystem-Based Adaptation into Municipal Planning and Governance. Working Paper 32. Disaster Studies and Management Working Paper Series of the University College London (UCL) Hazard Centre.

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’. UNISDR. (submitted)

Wamsler, C, and 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); published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 to influence the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2). (submitted)

Hjerpe, M., Glaas, E., Storbjörk, S., Jonsson, C. A., Brink, E., Wamsler, C. (2014). Svensk forskning om klimatanpassning inom styrning och planering. Centrum för klimatforskning, Briefing nr. 12, 2014. Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, Sverige. [Link]


Since 2013, I have been a lecturer/teaching assistant and thesis supervisor for the following programmes at master’s level:

  • Lund University International Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science (LUMES)
    Course: Urban and Rural Sustainability.
  • Master’s Programme in Applied Climate Change Strategies (Tillämpad klimatstrategi)
    Course: Methods for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.

And lectured at the following programme at bachelor’s level:

  • Bachelor’s Programme in Urban and Regional Planning (Samhällsplanering – urban och regional utveckling)
    Course: Human Geography: Sustainable Development in a Global, Regional and Local Perspective.

Other academic activities

Winner of Outstanding Paper (together with Christine Wamsler) in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for our paper ‘The role of individual adaptive practices for sustainable adaptation’ in the International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (selected by the journal’s editorial team) (2016)

Affiliated to the Centre for Societal Resilience, Lund University (2015-)

Participation in an interdisciplinary research and teaching project with students and researchers from LUCSUS, Lund, and Leuphana University, Lüneburg, on ecosystem services (2013-2014) and ecosystem-based adaptation to climate-related risk (2014-2015) in urban environments. More on the project format here.

Member of the interdisciplinary graduate research school ClimBEco , Lund University (2014-2016)

Member of the CNPQ research group “Engineering, Cities and Sustainability” (Engenharia, Cidades e Sustentabilidade),  Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia Civil, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil (2013-)

Member of Lund University Urban Arena on sustainable urban development (2013-)






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