Hiking trail in Parc Naturel Régional Gruyère Pays-d'Enhaut. (Photo : A. Michel)
Students on an excursion in the Swiss National Park. (Photo: A. Michel)
Exploring meaningful places during a go-along interview in Naturpark Pfyn-Finges. (Photo: T. Oliveri)
In our research group, we engage with the social dimensions of nature(s) and landscapes. We work at the intersection of science and practice and are interested in perceptions, processes, and arguments related to nature conservation, landscape planning, and sustainable development. We analyze the various perceptions and justifications that influence socio-political negotiations over nature and landscapes and explore the influence of values, emotions, and senses of justice on decision making processes in nature conservation. Whereas we place our work in the realm of Political Ecology and Environmental Justice, we collaborate in inter- and transdisciplinary projects and employ approaches and methods from other fields.
Our research focuses on Switzerland and other mountainous countries.
Commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), 10/2020-12/2023
Within this inter- and transdisciplinary research project, we assess the social values of the ecological infrastructure (EI) and ecosystem services in regional nature parks in Switzerland. More ...
Project supported by a Seed Funding Grant of the Swiss Leading House for Science & Technology Cooperation, University of Geneva, as part of the Swiss Bilateral Cooperation Programme of SERI.
We newly created a blended learning course held simultaineosly at UZH and Tbilisi State University (TSU), Since fall semester 2022, we jointly teach GEO361 Advanced Human Geography: Sustainable Mountain Development, where students learn about current socio-political challenges in mountain regions and independently work on a research project. Visit www.mountainapp.net for further information and a student blog!
Project supported by the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity
In this project, we aim to strengthen the societal relevance of our research by fostering different pathways of science-policy-transfers: