Knowledge for Climate
(Switzerland, India, Nepal, Peru, El Salvador, Columbia) 2017 – 2020
This international network brings together multi-disciplinary expertise from Switzerland, South Asia and Latin America to develop an active international network of academic institutions in the field of climate change adaptation (CCA). The network engages in innovative and impactful research and education that is salient to the needs for achieving sustainable development. Read more.
Innovative Financing in Education and Development: Case Studies and Multi-Media Material for E-Learning
(Switzerland, India, China, South Africa and Argentina)
The new innovative financing modalities, which often explore avenues to raise financing from private sources or at minimum use market-based approaches, have the potential to become a significant source of financing for development. In this COFER project, seven consortium partners join their varied expertise, networks, and experiences to develop case studies and multimedia material on innovative financing in education. Read more.
Towards a “fluid” governance: hydrosocial analysis of flood paradigms and management practices in Ganges and Rhone basins (India, France and Switzerland) 01.05.2019 – 31.12.2021
This project aims to understand floods beyond technical approaches by emphasizing that inundations are strongly dependent on territorial and historicized dynamics and negotiations; imbued with politics, equity and cultural issues; and located at the intersection of sustainability and well-being. Read more.
Living with violence II: Rural livelihoods and the struggle for territory in post-war Sri Lanka
01.11.2013 – 30.09.2018
The aim of this research is to gain a better understanding of the geographies of violence that underpin processes of contentious territorialization in Sri Lanka. Read more.
The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Switzerland and its post-war forms of engagement in Sri Lanka
01.04.2017 – 31.05.2019
The proposed research investigates how the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Switzerland engages in development and peacebuilding in post-war Sri Lanka. It contributes to migration-development literature by analysing how political opportunity structures shape and influence the agency of transnational diaspora. Read more.
Small cities, urban environments and governance in India
01.10.2012 – 29.02.2016
The project focuses on urban environmental governance in India because of the global demographic and ecological importance of the country’s small cities. Read more.
Feminisation, agricultural transition and rural employment: Social and political conditions of asset-building in the context of export-led agriculture and alternative income generating opportunities
01.07.2017 – 30.06.2020
Transdisciplinary in nature, this project provides evidence-based knowledge for governance – knowledge that can inform negotiations of gender equality in the context of agricultural transition and rural employment, opening up pathways to sustainable development in rural areas. Read more.
Green public spaces and sustainable cities in South and Southeast Asia: Integrating needs and societal wellbeing
Q3 2017 – Present
With a focus on four coastal mega-cities of South and Southeast Asia, this proposal seeks to understand human needs in relation to green public spaces as a satisfier towards societal wellbeing in relation to three main questions:
How do people practice green public spaces in daily life, in relation to material arrangements, dispositions, and social norms?
Towards what needs and for whom do green public spaces act as satisfiers?
What are the implications for the management of green public spaces and urban planning, at the local and cross-regional level? Read more.
Evaluation of global food value chains concerning sustainability: Development of a methodology and case studies of Indian products with Swiss target market. 2017 – Present
The project aims to develop specific tools for evaluating global food value chains concerning sustainability with focus on the social and economic dimensions through case studies (value chains of Indian products with a Swiss target market): High-volume traded food products like coffee, rice and nuts with a high upgrading potential. Based on the results of our case studies, the project will evaluate potentials and develop suggestions for economic and social upgrade. Read more.