Research Focus

Research Focus

University of Basel

swisspeace: Conflict and peace

swisspeace conducts research on conflict and peace with a focus on the role of political and economic actors in post-conflict settings as well as on the impact of climate change on resource-use conflicts. It draws upon theories of statehood and the dynamics of political legitimacy, multi-stakeholder approaches to mediation and peacebuilding, and impact studies regarding the effects of climate change on local populations in the global South.

Swiss TPH: Health, services, and planning

Health is not just a benefit of sustainable development – it is a prerequisite for such development. For populations trying to escape cycles of poverty, high vulnerability to disease is one of the biggest obstacles. Research in this area primarily aims to find ways of integrating effective health and sanitation strategies into participatory planning processes. Determinants of vulnerability and resilience, improved environmental sanitation, and interventions that reduce health burdens form the heart of research.

University of Bern

CDE: Natural resources, economy, governance

The aim of research in this area is to support rural development through sustainable use of renewable natural resources. It emphasizes scientific innovation and societal relevance, linking a specialized focus on natural resources (e.g. soil and water) and biodiversity with an integrative focus on sustainable development. The researchers consider natural resources with regard to problems, processes, potentials, and pathways of sustainable development.

University of Zürich

DSGZ: Livelihoods and globalization

DSGZ research on livelihoods and globalization strives to understand social change and its consequences in local contexts, and the links between these contexts and global processes. The research is positioned within theories of practice and seeks to understand how people construct and change their livelihoods through social practices in different localities, embedded in different networks and relationships.