LUCSUS Annual Report 2023

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Annual Report 2023


Editors: Noomi Egan

Cover illustration: Catrin Jakobsson Lund University

Photo: page 5: UN Climate Change/Kiara Worth, page 6: Peter Kornacher, also photos by Cecilia von Arnold and Noomi Egan.

Words from the director

While new to my role as director, I have had the privilege of being at LUCSUS for over 20 years. Therefore, it is with great pride I reflect on the accomplishments at LUCSUS in 2023, all made possible by the hard work from our dedicated researchers, PhD candidates, students, and administrative staff.

At the heart of LUCSUS research, education, and impact work, is the drive to both understand and drive sustainable societal change, tasks that couldn’t be more important as the effects of climate change become more evident throughout 2023. During the year, LUCSUS has continued to evolve. We have new research projects and several new staff members. We are especially pleased to have extended our PhD research school by four new candidates, as they bring new ideas, perspectives and energy. They will be working on diverse projects, including Environmental Human Right Defenders in Colombia, climate adaptation and power, and human-nature relationships in glacierized environments in Nepal. Their recruitment is the result of our successful grants – propelling LUCSUS research several years into the future. This success is a testament to LUCSUS’ innovative approach, and our researchers’ quest to push boundaries in sustainability science.

Despite the numerous successes at LUCSUS in 2023, there are a few areas to that deserve extra recognition. First, former LUCSUS director, Professor Lennart Olsson, was awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, for research on perennial agriculture, the first ERC grant at LUCSUS. The project investigates opportunities and obstacles for a future transition to an agricultural system based on perennial cropping systems. The five-year, €2.5 million project will enable researchers to explore their most innovative and ambitious ideas around perennial agriculture and further establish Sweden as a hub in this arena. We are excited about the project, and for Lennart and colleagues to advance perennials research to new frontiers.

Professor Emily Boyd’s work on loss and damage must also be highlighted. 2023 saw a landmark agreement being reached at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, where delegates agreed on the

establishment of a fund to support developing countries to deal with loss and damage from climate change. For Emily and several other researchers at LUCSUS who have been working with loss and damage, this was a solid step forward in the journey for loss and damage as a part of the COP climate agreements.

Notable work also took place with LUCSUS education. Continued efforts have been devoted to reforming the LUMES programme in environmental studies and sustainability science to ensure the programme stays on the cutting edge of the field. A special thanks to Maja Essebo and Amanda Elgh for co-ordinating these efforts. The changes will help to ensure that LUMES will continue to be highly sought after, with its almost one-thousand applicants to the programme every year. Furthermore, our new master’s programme on climate change and society, LUCAS, made solid developmental progress, with an expected launch in 2025. The programme will further extend LUCSUS teaching and student learning in new domains, and to help shape new change agents in their work on shaping climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Finally, with the change in leadership at LUCSUS, I must also recognise the great work by the outgoing leadership team over past years, devotion that has helped to place us in the position as a dynamic research and education centre. Thank you Emily Boyd and Ann Åkerman for your tireless dedication to the organisation. I look forward to further building and developing the work so we can continue to keep LUCSUS research and education on the cutting edge.

Barry Ness, Director Professor Emily Boyd and Ann Åkerman pictured during their farewell fika.
Words from the director 3 Research 4 Highlights from the year – in research, policy and engagement 5 Creating change through education 10 PhD Programme in Sustainability Science 12 New PhD candidates in 2023 14 Staff in 2023 15 Publications in 2023 16


LUCUS research tackles complex issues such as governance, equity, and social justice, in relation to climate, land, urban, energy and biodiversity. Our work engages with normative and value-based issues and future well-being and equity.

Our approach is collaborative and we often co-design our research together with actors outside of academia. We engage with both critical and problem-solving approaches and we do our research on both local, national and at global levels. LUCSUS research is organised under five overarching themes:

• Climate Change and Resilience

• Land Use, Governance and Development

• Urban Governance and Transformation

• Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management

• Energy Justice and Sustainability of Energy Systems

In 2023, we began work to identify key research areas under our themes, to improve the visibility of LUCSUS research and researchers, and to consolidate some of our larger research projects under common areas, and in line with similar work at Lund University. Some examples include loss and damage, mindsets and behaviour, negative emissions, perennial agriculture, rural transformations and biocultural diversity and environmental justice.


LUCSUS secured research funding for several research projects, including the flagship European Research Council Advanced Grant, that aims to do research on perennial agriculture. Other examples are WaterWarmth, a project which aims to study and facilitate communities that are delivering energy transitions in the heating and cooling sector focusing on aquathermal energy in the North Sea Region. LUCSUS also received funding, together with Uppsala University and RISE to establish a virtual Swedish Centre for Impacts of Climate Extremes, a new platform for research and training to study climate extremes and support societal resilience.


Our Environment Is:

Open, Collaborative and Empowering

Our Perspectives Are:

Bold, Creative and Challenging

We Strive To: Bridge Boundaries, Illuminate Possibilities and Catalyse Change

We Act With: Integrity, Hope, and Joy

100 master students

30+ researchers and teachers

1000+ alumni from 100 countries

50+ partners from 25 countries

Highlights from the year – in research, policy and engagement

In 2023, LUCSUS researchers organised, and took part in, a number of different scientific conferences, seminars, reports, policy processes and outreach events. The breath of scientific activities, involving stakeholders from organisations at different national and international levels, highlight how LUCSUS’ research and researchers are making a continuous impact within as well as beyond academia, striving to catalyse change and transformations in relation to material limits in the biosphere.


The five largest financiers

The Swedish Energy Agency

On the first day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28, in UAE, a formal decision was taken to establish a loss and damage fund to support developing countries to deal with loss and damage from climate change. The decision was the end of a long journey for people and organisations, as well as many LUCSUS researchers, who have worked to include loss and damage from climate change in the COP climate agreements, and for the COP to formally recognise that vulnerable countries must be compensated for the negative effects of climate change.

– Exactly how we define loss and damage from climate change will be important for how the support will be paid out. From civil society, they want this to be defined at the local level, and that different groups can identify what they see as the biggest damages, rather than it being determined by other actors, says professor Emily Boyd.

LUCSUS researchers participated and organised events at COP28 related to loss and damage from climate change, including ecological loss and damage, and inner transformations.

COP meetings organised in way that benefits richer, more powerful countries

Ahead of COP28, LUCSUS communicated a research paper by LUCSUS PhD student Lina Lefstad. It outlines how the COP meetings are organised in a way that benefit richer, more powerful countries, at the expense of more vulnerable, less developed countries. The study received extensive national and international coverage.

– Our analysis clearly shows that some groups are not heard or represented. The very structure of the COPs makes it almost impossible for smaller countries to voice their interests, since they are not able to be present in all the parallel negotiations”, says Lina Lefstad.

Delegates pictured during COP28 in UAE.
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Insights from


UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2023

Professor Emily Boyd participated in an event organised by UNEP which reflected on key insights from the UNEP Adaptation GAP Report 2023. It highlighted the importance of increasing adaptation effectiveness, while assessing progress in global adaptation efforts, reducing loss and damage, and evaluating the current adaptation finance gap.

The report included, for the first time, a chapter on climate-related loss and damage, co-authored by Emily Boyd.

Africa Loss and Damage Action Network

At COP28, LUCSUS organised meetings between researchers in the Africa Loss and Damage Action Network. The network is comprised of scholars from across Africa working on climate, development, and vulnerability to engage with and discuss current knowledge gaps and future directions on loss and damage from climate change.


The European Research Council’s (ERC) mission is to promote research of the highest quality through extensive and long-term funding. The grants are applied for in international competition with scientific excellence as the only selection criterion. Advanced Grants (AdG) are valid for a maximum of five years, and 2.5 million euros, and will enable the researchers to explore their most innovative and ambitious ideas.

Lennart Olsson is was one of three Lund University researchers to receive the grant in 2023 – for research on perennials. His project, entitled: PERENNIAL/Is there a PERENNIAL future of agriculture, aims to investigate opportunities and obstacles for a future transition to an agriculture based on completely new perennial crops.

– It is about fundamentally changing our entire food system, and thus contributing to a new agricultural revolution. For 10,000 years our food has come from annual crops, even though they cause or contribute to many of the problems agriculture struggles with such as erosion, nutrient leakage, greenhouse gas emissions, high costs and vulnerability to climate change. With perennial crops, we can solve almost all of these challenges. It is also a way to change agriculture in a direction back towards a functioning ecosystem, says professor Lennart Olsson.

Co-Creative Reflection & Dialogue Space (CCRDS)

LUCSUS professor Chrisitne Wamsler was part of the Co-Creative Reflection & Dialogue Space (CCRDS) at COP28. The Co-Creative Reflection & Dialogue Space (CCRDS) is a transdisciplinary intervention for research and transformation at the COP. The aim was to strengthening relations for climate action at COP28.

Post-COP28 webinar: what happened (or not) at COP28?

LUCSUS researchers Lina Lefstad and Guy Jackson participated in an event organised by LUCSUS, Lund Sustainability Forum, and Hållbart universitet to reflect, and critically discuss, final outcomes and agreements at COP28.


LUCSUS participated and organised many events at Sustainability Week, an annual event in Lund organised as a joint venture by Lund University and Lund municipality. The week serves as a platform for bringing together ideas, for cross-disciplinary collaborations, for raising public awareness and for inspiring sustainable change.

Breakfast talk: Klimatforskning och klimatjournalistik – hur gör man?

LUCSUS organised a breakfast talk about climate research and climate journalism. The discussion focused on the role of researchers and journalists in communicating about climate research, and what challenges and responsibilities they have as the climate crisis unfolds. Kimberly Nicholas from LUCSUS was one of the speakers, together with journalists and activists.

Music for the climate

As part of this project, a unique research infrastructure has been developed outside Lund. The infrastructure will measure the exchange of greenhouse gases between the atmosphere and agriculture in real time in two parallel cultivation systems: the newly domesticated Kernza (Intermediate wheatgrass) and conventional crop rotation in Skåne (including wheat, sugar beet, barley and rapeseed).

Music for the climate combines live music and speech to present facts and theories in climate and sustainability research in an unconventional way. The Academy of Music in Malmö’s big band provided the music, and students from LUCSUS guided the audience through the performance.

Music for the climate is a project run by composer and music teacher Claus Sörensen from Malmö Academy of Music and LUCSUS researcher Sara Brogaard.

Climate action and litigation in and beyond the courts – how Aurora sued the Swedish state LUCSUS reseachers organised a panel debate with participants from the youth organisation Aurora who sued the Swedish state for insufficient climate action. By discussing the Aurora-case with its protagonists, and drawing from recent research at Lund University, the event aimed to deepen the understanding of climate litigation from both the perspective of the courtroom and of the streets.

Exhibition and film screening: The world is burning 2.0 + Paradise

LUCSUS researcher Mine Islar participated in an event to present the photographic exhibition “Wildfires in the Anthropocene”, which explores different aspects of wildfires or their aftermaths from various parts of the world. The presentation was followed by a screening of Alexander Abaturov´s documentary film Paradise.

Mine Islar, together with Utku Kuran, also produced a documentary on wildfires in Mediterranean Turkey: Beyond the flames: effects of wildfires in the Mediterranean Turkey. It reveals how local communities' everyday lives are affected by wildfires, in terms of loss of livelihoods. The film brings local narratives into the fore by illuminating the agency of forest villagers to respond and prevent wildfires. The film also sheds light on past and present local experiences and put emphasis on the challenges that local communities face after wildfires.

Breakfast talk: New narratives, the role of arts in the climate crisis

LUCSUS researcher Diego Galafassi participated in a breakfast seminar together with artist Emilia Bergmark, where they discussed the role artistic practises can play in ongoing global crises such as climate change and biodiversity loss, and how art and science can connect.

Participants and audience pictured during the breakfast talk on climate research and journalism. Participants pictured during the discussion on climate litigation in Sweden at Lund City Library. The infrastructure that will measure greenhouse gases.


In 2009, LUCSUS became the Right Livelihood College’s first European partner campus.

Established in 1980, Right Livelihood honours and supports courageous people solving global problems. Housed under the umbrella of a foundation, Right Livelihood is a courage-powered community for social change committed to peace, justice and sustainability for all.

LUCSUS was part of co-organising two Right Livelihood events during 2023.

A Right Livelihood College Lund Dialogue: Freedom From Violence Through Education

LUCSUS co-organised a dialogue on human rights education, the environment, and the prevention of violence against children, with Right Livelihood Award laureate Marthe Wandou. The other co-organising partners were Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Global Campus for Human Right, Earth Trusteeship Working Group, and the Lund University Profile Area: Human Rights.

Climate protection and nuclear abolition: Hope from the International Court of Justice Right Livelihood Award Laureate Alyn Ware and other leading experts on international law, peace, climate justice, human rights and social movements came to LUCSUS for a seminar on climate protection and nuclear abolition.


LUCSUS researchers participated in and contributed to Lund University’s research conference, Knowledge for Sustainable Development, this year with a focus on societal impact. The conference is aimed at all researchers at Lund University who want to increase their knowledge about the challenges that lie ahead, learn how their research can contribute to change, and strengthen their contacts with researchers from other disciplines.



Professor Christine Wamsler is co-coordinating the new Existential Resilience Collaboration Initiative, ERiCi, at Lund University. It aims to explore methods that support meaning-making and strengthen our inner resilience in education and practice – through contemplation, aes-

thetics and compassion. The ERiCi initiative is rooted in international research and work being done at the Faculties of Social Sciences, Medicine, Fine and Performing Arts, and the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology at Lund University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.


In a unique study covering 49 deltas globally, Murray Scown from LUCSUS and researchers from Utrecht University identified the most critical risks to deltas in the future. The research shows that deltas face multiple risks, and that population growth and poor environmental governance might pose bigger threats than climate change to the sustainability of Asian and African deltas, in particular. The study received international coverage, and Murray Scown published an article about the research in The Conversation.

COUNTRIES’ CLIMATE STRATEGIES INCLUDE LARGE LEVELS OF RESIDUAL EMISSIONS AND RELY ON UNSUSTAINABLE CARBON REMOVAL Researcher Wim Carton co-authored an international study reviewing 50 countries’ long-term climate strategies. It shows that countries calculate their residual emissions differently and that current climate strategies include significant levels of residual emissions – making society dependent on unsustainable and unfeasible large-scale carbon removal technologies.


In connection to it being 70 years since Mount Everest was climbed for the first time, LUCSUS researcher Mine Islar highlighted how glacial melt not only threatens the tourism industry in the region, but the livelihoods of over a billion people depending on the Himalayas for water, in an article for the Lund University newsletter Apropå. The article has been read 700 times in 2023, making it one of the hundred most read articles on the Lund University website for the year.


LUCSUS researcher Emma Johansson participated in the research presentation competition Forskar Grand Prix in Helsingborg. It is a competition where researchers present their research in a way that is as engaging and easy to understand as possible – in only four minutes. She, along with seven other researchers, presented to an audience of 150 high school students. Her presentation focused on future visioning, arts-based practices and sustainable agriculture.


Creating change through education

LUCSUS provides world-class education in sustainability science and aims to create change through equipping students with the tools they need to solve complex sustainability challenges.

In 2023, we continued to implement our reformed LUMES master’s programme, with positive feedback from students on the new structure and content. We also started to finalise our new master’s programme, Climate Change and Society, aimed at teaching students to address the challenges of climate change from a social science perspective.


This year, the reformed LUMES programme ran for its first full cycle. The reform aimed to create a better connection between courses, include a separate research methods course, and include more time for trans disciplinarity by extending the very popular Knowledge to Action course, where students get to drive sustainable societal transformations. The students have responded very positively to the new structure, with many highlighting praises for the methods course, in particular.


In autumn, a group of external experts visited LUCSUS as part of the preparation for our new master’s programme, Climate Change and Society. They were very positive to

the course content and suggested programme progression. LUCAS will comprise nine courses in total, including a ten-week internship and the final thesis course. LUCAS will open for applications in October 2024, with the first students starting in autumn 2025.

– LUCAS is unique in how its approaching the biggest sustainability challenge of our time, climate change. Structured around a social science perspective, it will teach students the knowledge, methods and skills to work with mitigation of climate change in society, says Maja Essebo, Director of Studies for LUMES.


With the addition of two new associate senior lecturers back in 2022, our teaching continued to develop and solidify in 2023, with Murray Scown and Bregje van Veelen contributing with their expertise and teaching experience within the areas of geography and climate change. Our PhD students are continuing to contribute towards LUCSUS teaching, both in the LUMES methods course, and as course coordinators for the SASI course, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science: Concepts, Challenges and Approaches in Sustainability Studies, which has been run by different LUCSUS PhD students for many years.


LUCSUS researchers are continuing to teach widely across Lund University, including as course coordinators, and at research method courses for the Social Sciences Graduate School, and at the Department of Human Geography, and in the LUMID programme, the International Development and Management Master’s.


In 2023, the LUCSUS led course, Agenda 2030: Knowing, Measuring and Leading, was revised to run at half-speed to better facilitate the participation of students who are often combining studies with work. The aim is to enable completion of the course, by making it easy for students to combine the course with other engagements.

LUMES graduates celebrating their graduation. LUMES graduates pictured during their graduation.

PhD Programme in Sustainability Science

LUCSUS PhD programme continues to grow year on year and attracts talented PhD candidates from diverse background across the globe, who are committed to produce cutting-edge research that addresses critical societal questions.

In 2023, we welcomed four new PhD candidates to LUCSUS, and our programme now comprises 16 students, working across a range of projects, including negative emissions, glacierized environments, power and adaptation, loss and damage and sustainable agriculture.


Our PhD programme was evaluated by an external expert group, led by Anders Hansson, senior associate professor at Linköping University. The group identified several key strengths of the programme, integral for supporting the success in reaching learning outcomes and qualitative results, including: a thorough recruitment process, a robust seminar culture, a good integration of PhD students at LUCSUS, and an international and pluralistic research environment.

LUCSUS and its PhD progamme have a high international profile, high level of internationalization and diversity of both staff members and PhD students, and a focus on academically and societally relevant perspectives in critical social sciences, including political ecology, climate resilience, energy transitions, and environmental justice, as well as a search for novel perspectives to issues of sustainability and sustainable development. / From the report by the expert group.


In 2023, five of our PhD students had different milestones seminars, including first year seminars: Lina Lefstad, Jonas Allesson, Juan Samper and Carlos Velez, and final seminars: Darin Wahl. The seminars are an opportunity for the students to get important input for their future research, and final comments ahead of finalising their thesis.


Darin Wahl defended his thesis, entitled: Experimenting with sustainability transformations: A study of Urban Living Labs in the food, water and energy nexus. He concludes that transdisciplinary sustainability research is an embodied practice, where it is more than just a methodological approach but akin to an identity with associated values and practices. The relevance of this work reaches into spaces of collaboration and negotiation for small or broad sustainability change, where sustainability requires us not only to do differently but also to be different.


Many of our PhD students organised workshops to gather data, or to share their results with key stakeholders. Kelly Dorkenoo organised a workshop with 30 different actors in the Ratanakiri province in Cambodia to discuss the results of her research. The research was well received, and attendees included representatives from provincial authorities, non-governmental organisations and villagers. Juan Samper held a workshop in Colombia with indigenous communities in Mocoa, focusing on decolonized and decolonizing feminist methods that prioritizes the body over national, official space and accounts and is used to denounce for example gender-based violence.


LUCSUS had one visiting PhD candidate during 2023, Jesper Lee Jyderup, based at the University of Copenhagen. His research is focused on the shaping, unfolding and implications of the green transition.


LUCSUS researchers launched two new PhD courses which are open to all PhD students across Lund University. They are entitled: Rural Transformations and Social Movements in the 21st Century (7.5 credits), and Degrowth and Sustainability Pathways (5 credits). The first course is organised by LUCSUS in collaboration with the Department of Human Geography at Lund University, the Department of Social and Economic Geography at Uppsala University, and the Right Livelihood Foundation, whereas the second course is a collaboration between LUCSUS and the Lund University Agenda 2030 graduate school.

LUCSUS PhD students photographed in LUCSUS' garden. PhD student Lina Lefstad is holding part of her first-year seminar outside LUCSUS due to a fire drill. Darin Wahl pictured during the defense of his thesis.

New PhD candidates in 2023


Carmen Margiotta is a PhD student in the project, NATURICE, Changing social and cultural values of nature: Exploring plural values of human-nature relationships in glacierized environments. Her research revolves around the intersection of environmental and epistemic justice, emphasizing the subjective experiences of climate change.


Sahana Subramanian is a PhD student in the project, NATURICE, Changing social and cultural values of nature: Exploring plural values of humannature relationships in glacierized environments. She studies ‘growth’ and ‘development’ as aspects of changing societal-glacier interactions in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, especially in India and Nepal.

Staff in 2023


Anne Jerneck

Anna Tengberg

Christine Wamsler

Emily Boyd

Lennart Olsson


Barry Ness


Emilia Granslandt is a PhD student in the project ICARUS, Illuminating power dynamics in cross-scale adaptation for more resilient and just futures. Her PhD research focuses specifically on local climate change adaptation in Skåne, Sweden.


Valentina Lomanto is a PhD student in the project Environmental Human Rights Defenders – Change Agents at the Crossroads of Climate change, Biodiversity and Cultural Conservation. She is interested in understanding and supporting the role of Environmental Human Rights Defenders of the Colombian Amazon rainforest as agents of transformation towards sustainability from an intersectional decolonial perspective.

Karin Steen

Kimberly Nicholas

Mine Islar

Sara Brogaard

Sara Gabrielsson

Torsten Krause

Wim Carton


Bregje van Veelen

Murray Scown


Barbara Schröter

Chad Boda

Diego Galafassi

Ellinor Isgren

Elina Andersson

Henner Busch

Maja Essebo

Maryam Nastar

Sinem Kavak

Timothy Eric Hoddy


Altaaf Mechiche-Alami

David O’Byrne

David Harnesk

Ebba Brink

Emma Johansson

Guy Jackson

Joshua Garland

Inge-Merete Hougaard

Rebecca Laycock Pedersen

Salvatore Paolo de Rosa


Alicia N’Guetta

Bernard Ekumah

Carlos Vélez

Carmen Margiotta

Darin Wahl

Emilia Ganslandt

Fabiola Espinoza Cordova

Jonas Allesson

Juan Antonio Samper

Kelly Dorkenoo

Lina Lefstad

Michaelin Sibanda

Natalia Rubiano Rivadeneira

Ronald Byaruhanga

Sahana Subramanian

Sara Ullström

Valentina Lomanto


Anika Binte Habib

Ellen Lycke

Gustav Osberg

Mark Connaughton

Michael Reck

Utku Kuran


Ann Åkerman, Deputy Director

Amanda Elgh, Student Coordinator

Cecilia Kardum Smith, HR

Charlotta Kjöllerström, Project Coordinator

Joyce Soo, Project Coordinator

Stefan Vesshult, Financial Officer

Ulrike Krantz, Project Coordinator


Cecilia von Arnold, Communications Officer

Noomi Egan, Communications Officer

LUCSUS staff pictured during a tour of Botan in summer 2023.

Publications in 2023


Berbés-Blázquez, M., Cook, E. M., Grimm, N. B., Iwaniec, D. M., Mannetti, L. M., Muñoz-Erickson, T. A., & Wahl, D. (2023). Assessing resilience, equity, and sustainability of future visions across two urban scales. Sustainability Science, 18(6), 2549-2566.

Berthod, O., Blanchet, T., Busch, H., Kunze, C., Nolden, C., & Wenderlich, M. (2023). The Rise and Fall of Energy Democracy: 5 Cases of Collaborative Governance in Energy Systems. Environmental Management, 71(3), 551-564. Advance online publication.

Blomgren, J., Gabrielsson, S., Erlandsson, K., Wagoro, M. C. A., Namutebi, M., Chimala, E., & Lindgren, H. (2023). Maternal health leaders’ perceptions of barriers to midwife-led care in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, and Uganda. Midwifery, 124, Article 103734.

Brink, E., Vargas, A. M., & Boyd, E. (2023). Weapons of the vulnerable? A review of popular resistance to climate adaptation. Global Environmental Change, 80, Article 102656. gloenvcha.2023.102656

Buck, H. J., Carton, W., Lund, J. F., & Markusson, N. (2023). Why residual emissions matter right now. Nature Climate Change, 13(4), 351-358. Advance online publication.

Buramuge, V. A., Ribeiro, N. S., Olsson, L., Bandeira, R. R., & Lisboa, S. N. (2023). Tree Species Composition and Diversity in Fire-Affected Areas of Miombo Woodlands, Central Mozambique. Fire, 6(1), Article 26.

Buramuge, V. A., Ribeiro, N. S., Olsson, L., & Bandeira, R. R. (2023). Exploring Spatial Distributions of Land Use and Land Cover Change in Fire-Affected Areas of Miombo Woodlands of the Beira Corridor, Central Mozambique. Fire, 6(2), Article 77.

Busch, H., Radtke, J., & Islar, M. (2023). Safe havens for energy democracy? Analysing the low-carbon transitions of Danish energy islands. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft, 33(2), 227-251. Advance online publication.

Busch, H., Ramasar, V., Avila, S., Roy, B., Mandinic, A., Van Ryneveld, T., & Brandstedt, E. (2023). Mining coal while digging for justice: Investigating justice claims against a coal-phase out in five countries. The Extractive Industries and Society, 15, Article 101275.

Byaruhanga, R., & Isgren, E. (2023). Rethinking the Alternatives: Food Sovereignty as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Food Security. Food Ethics, 8(2), Article 16.

Carton, W., Hougaard, I-M., Markusson, N., & Lund, J. F. (2023). Is carbon removal delaying emission reductions? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 14(4). Advance online publication. https://doi. org/10.1002/wcc.826

Cayan, D. R., DeHaan, L., Tyree, M., & Nicholas, K. A. (2023). A 4-week advance in the growing season in Napa Valley, California, USA. International Journal of Climatology, 43(12), 5586-5603. Advance online publication.

Collste, D., Aguiar, A. P. D., Harmácˇková, Z. V., Galafassi, D., Pereira, L. M., Selomane, O., & van Der Leeuw, S. (2023). Participatory pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals: inviting divergent perspectives through a cross-scale systems approach. Environmental Research Communications, 5(5), Article 055014.

Eadson, W., & van Veelen, B. (2023). Green and just regional path development. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 10(1), 218-233.

Erlwein, S., Meister, J., Wamsler, C., & Pauleit, S. (2023). Governance of densification and climate change adaptation: How can conflicting demands for housing and greening in cities be reconciled? Land Use Policy, 128, Article 106593.

Fonseca, C., Wood, L. E., Andriamahefazafy, M., Casal, G., Chaigneau, T., Cornet, C. C., Degia, A. K., Failler, P., Ferraro, G., Furlan, E., Hawkins, J., de Juan, S., Krause, T., McCarthy, T., Pérez, G., Roberts, C., Trégarot, E., & O'Leary, B. C. (2023). Survey data of public awareness on climate change and the value of marine and coastal ecosystems. Data in Brief, 47, Article 108924.

Garland, J. (2023). Iconoclash and the climate movement. Visual Studies, 1-12. Advance online publication.

Girma, M., Jerneck, A., & Dejen, A. (2023). Food insecurity experience during climate shock periods and farmers’ aspiration in Ethiopia. Environmental Development, 46, Article 100868. envdev.2023.100868

Harnesk, D., Pascual, D., & Olsson, L. (2023). Compound hazards of climate change, forestry, and other encroachments on winter pasturelands: a storyline approach in a forest reindeer herding community in Northern Sweden. Regional Environmental Change, 23(4), 1.

Harnesk, D. (2023). Strategies of the Sámi movement in Sweden: mobilization around grievances related to the ecological conditions of reindeer pastoralism, 2012–2022. Ecology and Society, 28(4), Article 8. https://

Harnesk, D., & Jakobsen, J. (2023). Public contestations against the disturbance, degradation, and destruction of Sámi pastoral landscapes in northern Sweden. Journal of Rural Studies, 104, 1-13. Article 103162.

Hegelund, F. M., Vintov, K., & Hougaard, I-M. (2023). Når forandringens vinde blæser over det åbne land: Fortællinger og landmandsfrihed i den grønne omstilling. Tidsskriftet Antropologi, 2023(86), 43.

Himes, A., Muraca, B., Anderson, C. B., Anthayde, S., Beery, T., Cantú-Fernández, M., González-Jiménez, D., Gould, R. K., Hejnowicz, A. P., Kenter, J., Lenzi, D., Murali, R., Pascual, U., Raymond, C., Ring, A., Russo, K., Samakov, A., Stålhammar, S., Thorén, H., & Zent, E. (2023). Why nature matters: A systematic review of intrinsic, instrumental, and relational values. BioScience, 1-19. Advance online publication. https://doi. org/10.1093/biosci/biad109

Hoddy, E., & Gray, J. (2023). Human rights leadership in challenging times: an agenda for research and practice International Journal of Human Rights, 27(4), 635-658.

Hougaard, I. M. (2023). Rural precarity: relational autonomy, ecological dependence and political immobilisation in the agro-industrial margin. Journal of Peasant Studies, 50(6), 2437-2456. Advance online publication.

Islar, M., & Van Ryneveld, T. (2023). Coloniality as a Barrier to Climate Action: Hierarchies of Power in a Coal-Based Economy. Antipode, 55(3), 958-981. Advance online publication.

Ives, C. D., Schäpke, N., Woiwode, C., & Wamsler, C. (2023). IMAGINE sustainability: integrated inner-outer transformation in research, education and practice. Sustainability Science, 18(6), 2777-2786. Advance online publication.

Jackson, G., N'guetta, A., De Rosa, S. P., Scown, M., Dorkenoo, K., Chaffin, B. C., & Boyd, E. (2023). An emerging governmentality of climate change loss and damage. Progress in Environmental Geography, 2(1-2), 3357. Advance online publication.

Jackson, G. (2023). Environmental subjectivities and experiences of climate extreme-driven loss and damage in northern Australia. Climatic Change, 176(7), Article 93.

Jackson, G. (2023). More-than-climate temporalities of loss and damage in Australia. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 113(10), 2359-2375. Advance online publication. 4694452.2023.2223611

Johansson, E., Martin, R., & Mapunda, K. M. (2023). Participatory future visions of collaborative agroecological farmer-pastoralist systems in Tanzania. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 47(4), 548-578. Advance online publication.

Jolivet, D., Fransen, S., Adger, W. N., Fábos, A., Abu, M., Allen, C., Boyd, E., Carr, E. R., Codjoe, S. N. A., Gavonel, M. F., Gemenne, F., Rocky, M. H., Lantz, J., Maculule, D., de Campos, R. S., Siddiqui, T., & Zickgraf, C. (2023). COVID-19 responses restricted abilities and aspirations for mobility and migration: insights from diverse cities in four continents. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10(1), Article 250.

Kavak, S. (2023). Cross-class alliances and urban middle classes with peasant characteristics: a historical-spatial approach to agency in territory-based rural mobilisations in Turkey. Journal of Peasant Studies. Advance online publication. http://10.1080/03066150.2023.2259809


Lefstad, L., & Paavola, J. (2023). The evolution of climate justice claims in global climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC. Critical Policy Studies. Advance online publication.


Loos, J., Benra, F., Bérbes-Blázquez, M., Bremer, L. L., Chan, K. M. A., Egoh, B., Felipe-Lucia, M., Geneletti, D., Keeler, B., Locatelli, B., Loft, L., Schröter, B., Schröter, M., & Winkler, K. J. (2023). An environmental justice perspective on ecosystem services. Ambio: a Journal of Human Environment, 52, 477-488. Advance online publication.

Lund, J. F., Markusson, N., Carton, W., & Buck, H. J. (2023). Net zero and the unexplored politics of residual emissions. Energy Research & Social Science, 98(April), Article 103035. erss.2023.103035

Lund Christiansen, K., Hajdu, F., Planting Mollaoglu, E., Andrews, A., Carton, W., & Fischer, K. (2023). “Our burgers eat carbon”: Investigating the discourses of corporate net-zero commitments. Environmental Science and Policy, 142, 79-88.

Mar, K., Schäpke, N., Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Wamsler, C., Stasiak, D., Schroeder, H., & Lawrence, M. (2023). Learning and community building in support of collective action: Toward a new climate of communication at the COP. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 14(4). Advance online publication.

Mefor, E., Schröter, B., Graef, F., & Delgadillo, E. (2023). A social network analysis to determine success factors of food security innovations in Tanzania. Journal of Development Effectiveness, 15(2), 240-263. Advance online publication.

Mwamlima, P., Mayo, A. W., Gabrielsson, S., & Kimwaga, R. (2023). Potential use of faecal sludge derived char briquettes as an alternative cooking energy source in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hygiene and Environmental Health Advances, 7, Article 100068.

Nastar, M. (2023). A Critical Realist Approach to Reflexivity in Sustainability Research. Sustainability, 15(3), Article 2685.

Olsson, L., Jerneck, A., Fry, C., & Habib, A. B. (2023). Civil Society and Social Integration of Asylum Seekers: The ‘Strength of Weak Ties’ and the Dynamics of ‘Strategic Action Fields’. Social Sciences, 12(7), Article 403.

Ramstetter, L., Rupprecht, S., Mundaca, L., Osika, W., Stenfors, C. U. D., Klackl, J., & Wamsler, C. (2023). Fostering collective climate action and leadership: Insights from a pilot experiment involving mindfulness and compassion. iScience, 26(3), Article 106191.

Schröter, B., Sattler, C., Metzger, J. P., Rhodes, J. R., Fortin, M-J., Hohlenwerger, C., Carrasco, L. R., & Bodin, Ö. (2023). Exploring the role of boundary work in a social-ecological synthesis initiative. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 13(2), 330-343. Advance online publication. https://doi. org/10.1007/s13412-022-00811-8

Schröter, B., Gottwald, S., Castro-Arce, K., Hartkopf, E., Aguilar-González, B., & Albert, C. (2023). Virtual participatory mapping of nature-based solutions in the Grande de Tárcoles River basin, Costa Rica: Connecting diverse knowledge systems in a context of physical immobility. Science of the Total Environment, 872 , Article 162195.

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Scown, M. W., & Thoms, M. C. (2023). The discontinuum of river networks: the importance of geomorphic boundaries. Landscape Ecology, 38(5), 1307-1319.

Scown, M. W., Craig, R. K., Allen, C. R., Gunderson, L., Angeler, D. G., Garcia, J. H., & Garmestani, A. (2023). Towards a global sustainable development agenda built on social-ecological resilience. Global Sustainability, 6, Article e8.

Scown, M. W., Dunn, F. E., Dekker, S. C., van Vuuren, D. P., Karabil, S., Sutanudjaja, E. H., Santos, M. J., Minderhoud, P. S. J., Garmestani, A. S., & Middelkoop, H. (2023). Global change scenarios in coastal river deltas and their sustainable development implications. Global Environmental Change, 82, Article 102736.

Stjernswärd, S., Meier, M., O'Donnell, K., Wamsler, C., Åkerström, M., & Glasdam, S. (2023). The complexity of multiple trauma understandings across disciplines – the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘case’. Nordic Journal of Social Research, 14(1), 1-14.

Thorén, H., & Persson, J. (2023). Problem-Feeding as a Model for Interdisciplinary Research. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 36(1), 39-59. Advance online publication. 5.2022.2152632

Tozer, L., Bulkeley, H., Kiss, B., Luque-Ayala, A., Palgan, Y. V., McCormick, K., & Wamsler, C. (2023). Nature for Resilience? The Politics of Governing Urban Nature. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 113(3), 599-615.

Triyanti, A., Du, H., Hegger, D. L. T., Driessen, P. P. J., van Rijswick, H. F. M. W., Scown, M., & Gilissen, H. K. (2023). Clarifying and strengthening the role of law and governance in climate scenario frameworks. Earth System Governance, 18, Article 100199.

Ullström, S., Stripple, J., & Nicholas, K. (2023). From aspirational luxury to hypermobility to staying on the ground: changing discourses of holiday air travel in Sweden. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 31(3), 688-705. Advance online publication.

van Maurik Matuk, F. A., Verschuuren, B., Morseletto, P., Krause, T., Ludwig, D., Cooke, S. J., Haverroth, M., Maeesters, M., Mattijssen, T. J. M., Keßler, S., Lanza, T. R., Milberg, E., Ming, L. C., Hernández-Vélez, C. A., da Silva, K. M. T., Souza, M. P. V., Souza, V. O., Fernandes, J. W., & dos Reis Carvalho, B. L. (2023). Advancing co-production for transformative change by synthesizing guidance from case studies on the sustainable management and governance of natural resources. Environmental Science and Policy, 149, Article 103574.

van Veelen, B., & Knuth, S. (2023). An urban ‘age of timber’? Tensions and contradictions in the low-carbon imaginary of the bioeconomic city. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Advance online publication.

Wamsler, C., Mulligan, J., Bukachi, V., & Mumbi, C. (2023). Activating transformation: Integrating interior dimensions of climate change in adaptation planning. Climate and Development, 15(5), 366-378. Advance online publication.

Wamsler, C., Osberg, G., Panagiotou, A., Smith, B., Stanbridge, P., Osika, W., & Mundaca, L. (2023). Meaningmaking in a context of climate change: Supporting agency and political engagement. Climate Policy, 23(7), 829-844. Advance online publication.


Galafassi, D. (2023). Breathe: Bridging the Personal and The Planetary through Augmented-Reality Experiences. In Museums and Technologies of Presence (pp. 170-181). Taylor & Francis. https://doi. org/10.4324/9781003334316-12

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Parodi, O., Wamsler, C., & Dusseldorp, M. (2023). Personal Sustainability. In T. Philipp, & T. Schmohl (Eds.), Handbook Transdisciplinary Learning (pp. 277-286). Transcript-Verlag. https://doi. org/10.1515/9783839463475-029

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Janss, J., Wamsler, C., Smith, A., & Stephan, L. (2023). The Human Dimension of the Green Deal: How to Overcome Polarisation and Facilitate Culture & System Change. The Inner Green Deal gGmbH, Cologne, Germany, and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund, Sweden. https://www.

Rupprecht, S., & Wamsler, C. (2023). The Global Leadership for Sustainable Development (GLSD) Programme: : Inner Development for Accelerating Action Towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Evaluation Report written for the Inner Development Goals (IDGs) Initiative and the Templeton World Charity Foundation. The Inner Green Deal and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS): Lund, Sweden. 034f4/1696842266957/IDG_GLSD+2023+Evaluation+Report.pdf

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Hoddy, E., Halliday, S., Ensor, J., Wamsler, C., & Boyd, E. (2023). Legal culture and climate change adaptation: An agenda for research. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 14(3). Advance online publication.

Isgren, E., Clough, Y., Murage, A., & Andersson, E. (2023). Are agricultural extension systems ready to scale up ecological intensification in East Africa? A literature review with particular attention to the Push-Pull Technology (PPT). Food security, 15(5), 1399-1420.

Kelemen, E., Subramanian, S. M., De Vos, A., Amaruzaman, S., Porter-Bolland, L., Islar, M., Kosmus, M., Nakangu, B., Nuesiri, E., Robles, G. A., Yiu, E., Emerton, L., & Zólyomi, Á. (2023). Signposts on the road toward transformative governance: how a stronger focus on diverse values can enhance environmental policies. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 64, Article 101351.

Olsson, L., Cotrufo, F., Crews, T., Franklin, J., King, A., Mirzabaev, A., Scown, M., Tengberg, A., Villarino, S., & Wang, Y. (2023). The State of the World’s Arable Land. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 48, 451-475.

Sanou, J., Tengberg, A., Bazié, H. R., Mingasson, D., & Ostwald, M. (2023). Assessing Trade-Offs between Agricultural Productivity and Ecosystem Functions: A Review of Science-Based Tools? Land, 12(7), Article 1329.

Simeoni, C., Furlan, E., Pham, H. V., Critto, A., de Juan, S., Trégarot, E., Cornet, C. C., Meesters, E., Fonseca, C., Botelho, A. Z., Krause, T., N'Guetta, A., Cordova, F. E., Failler, P., & Marcomini, A. (2023). Evaluating the combined effect of climate and anthropogenic stressors on marine coastal ecosystems: Insights from a systematic review of cumulative impact assessment approaches. Science of the Total Environment, 861, Article 160687.

Tschakert, P., Parsons, M., Atkins, E., Garcia, A., Godden, N., Gonda, N., Paiva Henrique, K., Sallu, S., Steen, K., & Ziervogel, G. (2023). Methodological lessons for negotiating power, political capabilities, and resilience in research on climate change responses. World Development, 167, Article 106247. https://doi. org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2023.106247

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