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Recent publications and presentations

Please find below our most recent publications and related outreach activities, including academic and popular science articles, book chapters, policy briefs, project reports, videos and presentations for policymakers, academics and the public. For information on our vision, research, education and networking activities, please see related webpages.


Academic articles on inner-outer transformation

  • Wamsler, C., Osberg, G., Osika, W., Hendersson, H., Mundaca, L. (2021) Linking internal and external transformation for sustainability and climate action: Towards a new research and policy agenda, Global Environmental Change, 71:102373. Online. (First systematic literature review in the field of inner-outer transformation)

  • Wamsler, C., Bristow, J. (2022) At the intersection of mind and climate change: Integrating inner dimensions of climate change into policymaking and practice, Climatic Change, 173(7). Online. To access to the revised figure, click  here.

  • Wamsler, C., Osberg, G., Panagiotou, A., Smith, B., Stanbridge, P., Osika, W., Mundaca, L. (2022) Meaning-making in a context of climate change: Supporting agency and political engagement, Climate Policy. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Mulligan, J., Bukachi, V., Mumbi, C. (2022) Activating transformation: Integrating interior dimensions of climate change in adaptation planning, Climate and Development. Online. (Highlighted by Nature Climate Change as 'Research Highlight')

  • Wamsler, C., Osberg, G. (2022) Transformative climate policy mainstreaming - Engaging the political and the personal, Global Sustainability 5, E13. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Mundaca, L., Osberg, G. (2022) Rethinking political agency: The role of individuals' engagement, perceptions and trust in transitioning to a low-carbon transport system, Cleaner Production, 360:132197. Online.

  • Böhme, J., Walsh, Z. & Wamsler, C. (2022) Sustainable lifestyles: towards a relational approach. Sustainability Science. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Hertog, I., Di Paola, L. (2022) Education for sustainability: Sourcing inner qualities and capacities for transformation. In: Revolutionizing sustainability education: Stories and tools of mindset transformation, Ivanova E., Rimanoczy (Eds.), pp. 49-62, Routledge. See here.

  • Woiwode C., Schäpke N., Bina O., Veciana S., Kunze I., Parodi O., Schweizer-Ries P., Wamsler C. (2021) Inner transformation to sustainability as a deep leverage point: fostering new avenues for change through dialogue and reflection, Sustainability Science, 16(3):841-858. Online.
  • Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Stasiak, D., Wamsler, C., Mar, K. A., Schäpke, N., Schroeder, H., Lawrence, M. G. (2021) Creating space for reflection and dialogue: Examples of new modes of communication for empowering climate action, GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 30(3):174-180. Online.
  • Wamsler C., Schäpke N., Fraude C., Stasiak D., Bruhn T., Lawrence M., Schroeder H., Mundaca L. (2020) Enabling new mindsets and transformative skills for negotiating and activating climate action: Lessons from UNFCCC conferences of the parties, Environmental Science and Policy, 112:227-235. Online
  • Wamsler C. (2020) Education for sustainability: Fostering a more conscious society and transformation towards sustainability, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 21(1):112-130. Online.

  • Walsh Z., Böhme J., Wamsler C. (2020) Towards a relational paradigm in sustainability research, practice and education, Ambio 50:74–84. Online.

  • Wamsler C., Reeder L., Crosweller M. (2020) The being of urban resilience. In: Handbook of Urban Resilience, Burayidi, M., Allen, A., Twigg, J., Wamsler, C. (Eds.), pp. 47-58, Routledge. Online. Also available here.
  • Walsh, Z., Böhme, J., Lavelle, B. D and Wamsler, C. (2020) Transformative education: towards a relational, justice-oriented approach to sustainability, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 21(7):1587-1606. Online.

  • Hendersson, H. and Wamsler, C. (2020) New stories for a more conscious, sustainable society: Claiming authorship of the climate story, Climatic Change, 158(3):345-359. Online.
  • Brink, E. and Wamsler, C. (2019) Citizen engagement in climate adaptation surveyed: The role of values, worldviews, gender and place. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209:1342-1353. Online.

  • Brossmann, J. Islar, M. (2019) Living degrowth? Investigating degrowth practices through performative methods, Sustainability Science 15:917–930. Online.

  • Wamsler, C. (2019) The role of individual inner dimensions and transformation in sustainability research and education. In: Sustainability and the Humanities, pp. p.359-373, Leal Filho, W. and McCrea, A. C. (Eds), Springer. Online.

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Academic articles on mindfulness, compassion & emotional intelligence

  • See Section 3 of: Wamsler, C., Osberg, G., Osika, W., Hendersson, H., Mundaca, L. (2021) Linking internal and external transformation for sustainability and climate action: Towards a new research and policy agenda, Global Environmental Change, 71:102373. Online.

  • Wamsler C., Restoy, F. (2020) Emotional Intelligence and the Sustainable Development Goals: Supporting peaceful, just and inclusive societies. In: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, pp.1-11, Leal Filho, W., Azul, L., Brandli, P., Özuyar, G. and Wall, T. (Eds.). Springer. Online.

  • Frank, P., Fischer, D. and Wamsler, C. (2019) Mindfulness, Education, and the Sustainable Development Goals. In: Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Quality Education, Leal Filho, W., Azul, L., Brandli, P., Özuyar, G. and Wall, T. (Eds), Springer. Online.

  • Wamsler, C. (2018) Mind the gap: The role of mindfulness in adapting to increasing risk and climate change. Sustainability Science, 13(4):1121-1135. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Brink, E. (2018) Mindsets for sustainability: Exploring the link between mindfulness and sustainable climate adaptation, Ecological Economics, 151:55-61. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Brossmann, J., Hendersson, H., Kristjansdottir, R., McDonald, C. and Scarampi, P. (2018) Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching, Sustainability Science, 13(1):143-162. Online.

  • Wamsler, C. (2017) How mindfulness can help the shift towards a more sustainable society, The Conversation. Online.



Popular science articles & policy reports on inner-outer transformation

  • Bristow, J., Bell, R., Wamsler, C. (2022) Reconnection – Meeting the climate crisis inside-out, policy report, The Mindfulness Initiative & LUCSUS. Online. See also here.

  • Wamsler C., Bristow J., Cooper K., Steidle G., Taggart S., Søvold L., Bockler J., Oliver T.H., Legrand T. (2022). Theoretical foundations report: Research and evidence for the potential of consciousness approaches and practices to unlock sustainability and systems transformation. Report of the UNDP Conscious Food Systems Alliance (CoFSA), United Nations Development Programme UNDP. Online.

  • Wamsler, C. (2022) What the mind has to do with the climate crisis, Mind&Life, Essay written for the Mind&Life 35th anniversary. Online. See also related online Figure​ and Table.

  • Legrand, T., Jervoise, A., Wamsler, C., Dufour, C., Bristow, J., Bockler, J., Cooper, K., Corção, T., Negowetti, N., Oliver, T., Schwartz, A., Steidle, G., Taggart, S., Søvold, L., Wright, J. (2022). Cultivating inner capacities for regenerative food systems: Rationale for action. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Online.

  • Medium article (2022) titled 'How to leave the Anthropocene — Fostering sustainability requires us to challenge our stories and paradigms'. Online.

  • Medium article (2022) titled 'It’s one story — Reconnecting to meet social and climate crises'. Online.

  • Medium article (2021) titled 'What story do you want to live?' Online

  • IASS Policy Brief 5/2021 titled 'Fostering reflection, dialogue and collaboration among actors at the UN Climate Change Conferences'. Authors: Mar, K.A., Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Schäpke, N., Stasiak, D., Schröder, H., Wamsler, C., Lawrence, M. Online.

  • Medium  article (2021) titled 'The being of change: Why our minds matter for sustainability'. Online.

  • Wamsler, C., Osberg, G., Mundaca, L. (2021) My Malmö - Climate visions for transforming the future, policy report, LUCSUS & Malmö City.

  • Article in The Conversation titled 'How mindfulness can help the shift towards a more sustainable society'. Online.

  • PreventionWeb news on 'How mindfulness can help the shift towards a more sustainable society'– The knowledge platform for disaster risk reduction. Online.

  • Other recent articles featuring the research of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program in English, e.g. in BBC Radio (Thought for the Day 06/05/2022), The Guardian, Open Democracy and different LUCSUS news articles on: our Reconnection report,  Sustainability Mindsets, ongoing research and education, life-long learning and transformation, and mindfulness.

  • Articles featuring the research of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program in Swedish, for instance in the Swedish National News,, YogaFörDig, Sydsvenskan, Landetsfria and Dagblad.​


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Presentations, pod-casts and interviews

  • Launch of our policy report 'Reconnection - Meeting the climate crisis inside-out' with Caroline Lucas MP, Member of the British Parliament and former Green Party leader; Tom Rivett-Carnac, political lobbyist for the UNFCCC and an author on climate change policy; and Yoko Alender, Member of the Estonian Parliament and Chair of its Environment Committee. Online.

  • Launch of our draft policy report 'Reconnection - Meeting the climate crisis inside-out'' with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Online.

  • Interview with Prof. Wamsler for the journal 'Nachhaltigkeit. Neu denken.' ('Sustainability. New Perspectives.'). Interview & full edition (in German).

  • IDG Global Summit 2022, featuring Johan Rockström, Otto Scharmer, Robert Kegan, etc. Online. See program and presentations by the Karolinska Institutet track, including Dan Siegel, Jamie Bristow and Christine Wamsler here.

  • Stanford University, Contemplation by Design Summit, October 25 - Novembers 2, 2021, presentation on: Inner Transformation and Sustainability. Online.

  • Dallas College Sustainability Summit, November 5, 2021, with Jamie Bristow (Mindfulness Initiative), presentation title: Can mindfulness and compassion training increase responsiveness and resilience to the climate crisis?

  • Mind&Life 2021 Summer Research Institute, The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis, Panel Discussion Science Forum on: The science of social change for sustainability (featuring Elissa Epel, Karen O’Brien, Ed Maibach and Christine Wamsler). The session is now part of the online course​ 'The mind, the human-earth connection, and the climate crisis'.

  • Mind&Life 2021 Summer Research Institute, The Mind, the Human-Earth Connection, and the Climate Crisis, Workshop by Christine Wamsler on inner transformation and sustainability. The session is now part of the online course 'The mind, the human-earth connection, and the climate crisis'.

  • MindShift Conferences, November 2020 and May 2021. LUCSUS is part of the cooperating organisations and Prof. Christine Wamsler is part of the expert panel on the development of the inner development goals (IDGs). Panel discussion about the IDGs & presentation on the science of inner transformation and sustainability. Online.

  • COP 26 EU side event on the role of leadership (and inner qualities, such as compassion) in organisations with large systemic impact. Panel featuring Prof. Christine Wamsler together with Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission and Eva Karlsson, CEO of Houdini. Event coordinator: Petra Manderscheid, Executive Director of the EU Joint Programming Initiative Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate). Online.

  • Inner Green Deal Podcast Episode 03 – What role do mindsets play in activating sustainable development and climate action? Online. The transcript of the Episode can be accessed here. Note that the PodCast includes also a discussion on the role of mindfulness/ contemplative practices for supporting sustainability and climate action.

  • The international journal Moment-by-Moment has in their edition "Strong Women" has published an interview with Prof. Christine Wamsler, discussing the background, work and impact of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program, including research on mindfulness and its relevance for politics. You can find here the original German version and a rough English translation.

  • Exhibition at the Modern Art Museum in Malmö & related lecture series on 'Sensing Nature from Within'. Prof. Christine Wamsler and Post-Doc Diego Galafassi, LUCSUS, gave a presentation on the role of inner dimensions and transformation for sustainability. Online.

  • Prestigious Dean's lecture at the University of Melbourne on how climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction can be mainstreamed in urban planning and governance to increase urban resilience.  In this lecture, Prof. Christine Wamsler also highlights the role of inner dimensions to support change (see min 35.20-39.10). See also an interview about the Dean's lecture with Alan March, an interview about the lecture with LUCSUS colleagues, and another related interview for Radio National Australia.


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Forthcoming publications

  • Osberg, G., Islar, M., Wamsler, C. (2022) Towards a post-carbon society: Supporting ecological citizenship to tackle climate change, forthcoming.

  • Ramstetter, L., Rupprecht, S., Mundaca, L., Klackl, J., Osika, W., Stenfors, C., Wamsler, C. (2022) Fostering (collective) climate action and leadership: Insights from a pilot experiment with a 10-week behavioral intervention involving mindfulness and compassion, forthcoming.

  • Stenfors, C., Ramstetter, L., Wamsler, C., Rupprecht, S., Osika, W. (2022) Compassion towards others versus self show differential associations with own wellbeing, and pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour, forthcoming.

  • Pöllänen, E., Walter, O.; Bojner Horwitz, E.; Wamsler, C. (2022) Education for sustainability: Understanding processes of change across individual, collective and systems levels, forthcoming.

  • Mar, K., Schäpke, N., Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Wamsler, C., Stasiak, D., Schroeder, H., Lawrence, M. (2022) Towards a new climate of communication at the COP: Recommendations to foster collaboration with and among non-state actors, forthcoming.

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