Institute of Geography


Impacts of natural hazards on society

  • Risk analysis
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Risk evolution
  • Spatial statistics

Working title of the PhD thesis:

‘Analysing losses and risk hotspots based on insurance data ‘

  • Since April 2014

Institute of Geography, University of Bern: PhD Position in ‘Analysing losses and risk hotspots based on insurance data’ . Spatial and statistical analysis of natural hazard processes and loss data (particularly due to floods)
Development of an approach for modelling loss and risk hotspots

Working title of the PhD thesis: „Analysing losses and risk hotspots based on insurance data“

  • Since September 2009

Institute of Geography, University of Basel: External Lecturer in the Geo-science Masters Programme, Courses on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Development and facilitation of lectures and exercises

  • January 2013 - January 2014

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), secondment to the World Food Programme (WFP), Regional Bureau for East and Central Africa, Nairobi: Regional Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Officer. Implementation of DRR initiatives within the WFP Regional Bureau and its 9 Country Offices, mainstreaming DRR in the entire programme cycle. Training of local staff on DRR. Strengthening the collaboration with other UN Agencies and with NGOs

  • April - November 2012

Consultant with commissions for Spatial data analysis and loss estimation (Cantonal Building Insurance Zurich and Böhringer AG Oberwil), training courses on natural hazards insurance and tour guiding through public exhibitions on humanitarian aid (SDC), writing an article about hazard mapping in the canton of Basel-Landschaft (Natural Research Society Basel)

  • September 2005 - April 2012

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Earth Science, ETHZ

  • August 2005 - March 2012

Building Insurance of the Canton Basel-Landschaft, Liestal: Head of “Prevention of Natural Hazards” and General Project Manager

  • August 2003 - March 2005

Certificate of Advanced Studies in “Risk and Safety Management of Technical Systems“, ETHZ, University of St. Gallen and EPF Lausanne. Risk Engineer Certificate (Sicherheitsingenieurin nach EiV)

  • September 2002 - June 2005

SBB AG (Swiss Railway), Zurich: Project Manager for Environmental Issues. Project Management dealing with environmental issues, mainly related to noise protection, contaminated sites and transport of dangerous goods

  • March 2000

Licensed to be eligible as a Forestry District Officer (Eidg. Wählbarkeitszeugnis)

  • September 1999 - May 2001

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Statistics, ETHZ

  • March 1999 - June 2002

Gruner AG (civil engineering company), Basel: Engineer for Environmental Issues. Modelling and assessment in the fields of environmental and technical risks, natural hazards and noise protection

  • March - October 1997

Internship at SBB AG (Swiss Railway), Lucerne: Planning and implementation of forest management and technical measures to reduce natural risks to highly exposed track sections

  • December 1996 - February 1997

Internship at the Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, Davos: Data processing for papers concerning mountain forests and snow

  • August - October 1996

Internship at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada: Mapping of plant societies, assistance with survey training

  • October 1993 - March 1999

Studies of Forestry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). Degree in Forest Engineering (Dipl. Forst-Ing. ETH)