I am Professor of Risk and Sustainability at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University (Sweden), as well as Extraordinary Professor at the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North-West University (South Africa). I am also affiliated to Lund University Centre for Risk Assessment and Management (LUCRAM) and to the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow (Scotland).

My research interests focus on the interactions between the physical environment, social organisation and social behaviour in relation to societal safety and sustainability. Especially on issues of risk and vulnerability, on what makes society resilient to disturbances, disruptions and disasters, and on capacity development as an intentional process for increasing such resilience.

My research group has had significant impact on policy and practice concering issues of risk and sustainability. Perhaps most notably, as a leading scientific provider of knowledge cited in global UN policies concerning capacity development for disaster risk management and related climate change adaptation (e.g. UNDRR 2019), or as a trusted partner to a range of local authorities, governmental agencies and international organizations.

Below you find a selection of published scientific articles and books. For more information and a full list of publication, please follow the link below to Lund University Research Portal.

Selection of scientific articles
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Environment and Planning C

Fragmentation, commodification and responsibilisation in the governing of flood risk mitigation in Sweden (2021)

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Dependence, trust, and influence of external actors on municipal urban flood risk mitigation: The case of Lomma Municipality, Sweden (2018)

Disaster Prevention and Management

Whose risks? Gender and the ranking of hazards (2011)

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Troubling partnerships: Perspectives from the receiving end of capacity development (2021)

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Challenging disparities in capacity development for disaster risk reduction (2013)

Politics & Policy

Policy Entrepreneurs in Public Administration: A Social Network Analysis (2021)

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Systemic problems of capacity development for disaster risk reduction in a complex, uncertain, dynamic, and ambiguous world (2019)

Politics and Governance

The problem of fit in flood risk governance: Regulative, normative, and cultural-cognitive deliberations (2020)


Dark Side of Development: Modernity, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Livelihoods in Two Coastal Communities in Fiji (2017)

Regional Environmental Change

Drivers of abrupt and gradual changes in agricultural systems in Chad (2020)

Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies

Encampment and Cash-Based Transfer: Concord and Controversy in the World Food Programme’s Pilot Project in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania (2019)

Nations and Nationalism 

Vulnerability and nationalism: the support for the war against Iraq in five established states (2009)

Published books

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  • Sustainability Science (English) Monograph on managing risk and resilience for sustainable development
  • Katastrofriskreducering (Swedish) The first book on Disaster Risk Reduction in Swedish
  • Designing Capacity Development for DRM (English) A guideline for practical action