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Ebba Brink


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Personlig profil


My main research interest is how cities and people manage and adapt to climate-related risk, including the contributions and different representations of Nature in this process. Since uncovering and addressing root causes of risk and vulnerability requires working across traditional academic disciplines and the science/society-divide, I am also interested in interdisciplinary, participatory and reflexive approaches to science.

My current research focus at LUCSUS is on synergies and conflicts around climate adaptation and related nature-based solutions in informal settlements in rapidly urbanising cities in the Global South; in particular, in Brazil and Colombia. This has led to articles examining human-nature connectedness in Brazilian favelas (working-class neighbourhoods), the idea of reparation ecology as a way to counter climate risk in Latin America, and the role of popular resistance in climate adaptation globally.

Past research includes my PhD thesis (Adapting Cities, 2018) on the emergence of climate adaptation as a policy goal for Swedish municipalities. It examined ecosystem-based adaptation and citizen engagement in adaptation as ways of reducing local risk from adverse climate events. This entailed reviewing scientific evidence from urban case studies worldwide, and empirically examining adaptation processes in south-Swedish coastal municipalities. In particular, I examined the questions of how and on what basis ecosystem-based adaptation is applied in cities; how and for what reasons Swedish citizens engage in adaptation; and how the two approaches had played out in adaptation governance in the South-Swedish Scania region.


As a Sustainability Scientist, an important part of my job is to engage with and communicate research to stakeholders and knowledge users outside academia. Selected experiences include:


My teaching focuses on perspectives on resilience (social-ecological, development, disaster, psychological, etc.) and methods for climate adaptation and their integration into local/urban planning. I encourage students to apply theoretical frameworks on risk, adaptation and resilience to analyse local climate risk beyond its apparent or immediate causes and suggest comprehensive adaptation strategies that resonate with local contexts and communities.

I have a big interest in pedagogical theory and supporting students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds to develop the skills they need to reach their goals (personal, academic, and to create transformative change in the world).

Expertis relaterad till FN:s globala mål

2015 godkände FN:s medlemsstater 17 Globala mål för en hållbar utveckling, för att utrota fattigdomen, skydda planeten och garantera välstånd för alla. Den här personens arbete relaterar till följande Globala mål:

  • SDG 2 – Ingen hunger
  • SDG 6 – Rent vatten och sanitet för alla
  • SDG 10 – Minskad ojämlikhet
  • SDG 11 – Hållbara städer och samhällen
  • SDG 13 – Bekämpa klimatförändringarna
  • SDG 15 – Ekosystem och biologiskt mångfald
  • SDG 16 – Fredliga och inkluderande samhällen

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Tvärvetenskapliga studier


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