Associate senior lecturer
I am currently an Associate Senior Lecturer in the Division of Human Ecology, Department of Human Geography and a Research affiliate at the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden. I am also the Programme Director for the Culture, Power and Sustainability internaitonal Masters. I was born and raised in South Africa, a dynamic country, where I learnt important lessons of freedoms, people’s roles in nature and about inequality. I have 10 years research, activism, consulting and teaching experience across southern and eastern Africa, Asia, Europe and north America. I am most interested trying to understand the big picture of how people and planetary dynamics come together, the complexity of these interactions and implications for justice. I do so support a resistance to the unsustainable hegemonic system and the creation of radical alternatives.
My work is framed within the broad field of critical political ecology and I seek to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to questions of development and sustainability. I am most interested in feminist and decolonial approaches to environment and development and finding alternatives to the current destructive development paradigms. I have recently focused my research on the politics of scale within development and environmental governance in the areas of the energy crisis, health and the environment and water.
My currently funded research is focused on social and environmental justice looking at just transitions and alternatives to development. I am currently involved in a four year project for the Swedish Energy Agency on Navigating Justice Claims in the Energy Transition and a Pufendorf Theme on the Future of Human Rights.
I approach research with a view to having a societal impact. I am a core group member of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives and the Post-Development Academic-Activist Group, PEDAGOG. I also facilitate Adelante: a dialogue of global process for systemic change and am on the steering group for Women Against Destructive Extractivism in Africa (WoMin). I am also a founding member of the Collective Against Environmental Racism and a coordinator of the Anticolonial Academy, a network at Lund University. I am a research fellow of the Earth System Governance project and a member of the conceptual taskforces on Planetary Justice and ESG Teaching. I was a fellow of the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformations and am the chair of the South Africa-Sweden University Forum theme on social transformations. I am often invited to speak publicly on several environmental and social justice issues.
Key areas of expertise
- Development and sustainability
- Politics of sustainability
- Environmental governance
- Environmental and social justice and human rights
- Energy transition
- Water politics and governance
- Research methods
- Environmental assessment and management
- Health and the environment
- Environmental policy
- Project management
My PhD research focused on the political economy of water and how cross-scalar interactions influence inequitable water allocations.
I teach, supervise and examine students at undergraduate, Masters and doctoral levels in courses covering environmental governance, development and sustainability, health, theory of science, and sustainability science. I also contribute to teaching and learning outside academia in the spirit of emancipatory pedagogy. I also have a particular interest in qualitative research methods education, research ethics and theory of science - particularly a feminist and decolonial approach to knowledge. I have been the Director of studies for the Lund University Masters in International Development and am currently the Programme Manager for the Culture, Power and Sustainability Masters programme in Human Ecology. I have supervised and examined over thirty Masters students in Human Ecology and Environmental Management and Sustainability Science. I am currently co-supervise Mariko Takedomi Karlsson in the Division of Human Ecology and Corinna Burkhart in the Department of Human Geography. I have successfully co-supervised Andreas Roos in the Division of Human Ecology.
Displaying of publications. Sorted by year, then title.
When energy justice is contested: A systematic review of a decade of research on Sweden's conflicted energy landscapeVasna Ramasar, Henner Busch, Eric Brandstedt, Krisjanis Rudus
(2022) Energy Research and Social Science, 94
How renewable energy transitions impact power structures in local communitiesMaria-Louise Clausen, Ekatherina Zhukova, Vasna Ramasar
(2022) DIIS Policy Briefs
Om orättvisor i omställningen till en fossilfri framtidEric Brandstedt, Henner Busch, Vasna Ramasar
(2022) Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, 26
The Case for Interdisciplinary Crises StudiesAnnika Bergman Rosamond, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Mo Hamza, Jeff Hearn, Vasna Ramasar, et al.
(2022) Global Discourse: A Developmental Journal of Research in Politics and International Relations, 12 p.465-486
Att tillämpa en abolitionistisk politik på klimatkrisenVasna Ramasar
(2022) Mana : antirasistisk tidskrift, 2-3 p.30-33
The Entanglement of Social Inequality with Climate Change & COVID-19 : What Can We Learn from Intersecting Injustices?Vasna Ramasar
(2021) Pandemic Resilient Cities , p.47-53
Selling women the green dream: the paradox of feminism and sustainability in fashion marketingMariko Takedomi Karlsson, Vasna Ramasar
(2020) Journal of Political Ecology, 27 p.335-359
171 forskare: ”Vi vuxna bör också klimatprotestera”Per Adman, Mats Alvesson, Elina Andersson, Mimmi Maria Barmark, Ebba Brink, et al.
(2019) Dagens nyheter (DN debatt)
Linking the Water-Food-Energy Nexus to Sanitation: will it save and improve lives?Sara Gabrielsson, Jamie Myers, Vasna Ramasar
(2019) Water, Sustainable Development and the Nexus: Response to Climate Change.
New directions in earth system governance researchSarah Burch, Aarti Gupta, Cristina Y.A. Inoue, Agni Kalfagianni, Åsa Persson, et al.
(2019) Earth System Governance , p.100006-100006
Energy justice in the transition to low carbon energy systems : Exploring key themes in interdisciplinary researchDarren McCauley, Vasna Ramasar, Raphael J. Heffron, Benjamin K. Sovacool, Desta Mebratu, et al.
(2019) Applied Energy, 233-234 p.916-921
Modernist dreams and green sagas : The neoliberal politics of Iceland's renewable energy economyHrönn Guðmundsdottir, Wim Carton, Henner Busch, Vasna Ramasar
(2018) Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 1 p.579-601
The hidden price of Iceland’s green energyHenner Busch, Vasna Ramasar, Wim Carton, Hrönn Guðmundsdottir
(2018) Science Nordic
Islands grønne energi har store skjulte omkostningerHenner Busch, Vasna Ramasar, Wim Carton, Hrönn Guðmundsdottir
Problems with Firm-Led Voluntary Sustainability Schemes: The Case of Direct Trade CoffeeFinlay Macgregor, Vasna Ramasar, Kimberly Nicholas
(2017) Sustainability, 9
Reversing the arrow of arrears: The concept of "ecological debt" and its value for environmental justiceRikard Warlenius, Gregory Pierce, Vasna Ramasar
(2015) Global Environmental Change, 30 p.21-30
Governance and Politics in the Upper Limpopo River Basin, South AfricaRichard Meissner, Vasna Ramasar
(2015) Geo Journal, 80 p.689-689
Fluid Governance : Scalar politics in the South African waterscapeVasna Ramasar
(2014) Lund Dissertations in Sustainability Science
Localising global environmental governance norms: implications for justiceMelissa Hansen, Vasna Ramasar, Kent Buchanan
(2014) Governance for justice and environmental sustainability : Lessons across natural resource sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. , p.43-62
Widows: agents of change in a climate of water uncertaintySara Gabrielsson, Vasna Ramasar
(2013) Journal of Cleaner Production, 60 p.34-42
Reversing the arrow of arrears: A primer on the concept of “ecological debt” and its value for environmental justiceRikard Warlenius, Gregory Pierce, Andreas Malm, Alf Hornborg, Martin Oulu, et al.
Transition in South African water governance : insights from a perspective on powerMaryam Nastar, Vasna Ramasar
(2012) Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 4 p.7-24
Reporting on the State of the Environment: South African ExperiencesVasna Ramasar, Elizabeth Muller, Rudi Pretorius, Marian Patrick, Chantal Will, et al.
(2006) Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 8 p.619-619
HIV/AIDS: Africa’s Development Crisis?Vasna Ramasar, Susan Erskine
(2002) Rebirth of Science in Africa : A Shared Vision for Life and Environmental Sciences , p.52-84
Water and HIV/AIDS : Some Strategic ConsiderationsPeter ashton, Vasna Ramasar
(2002) Hydropolitics in the developing world : A South African Perspective , p.217-217