Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung


Deportation flight. Plane on the tarmac

Circulations of Deportation: the Control of Migration and Populations in Translocal Perspective.

Investigators Prof. Dr. Susan ThiemeProf. Dr. Sabine StrasserProf. Dr. Alberto Achermann, Dr. Paolo Gaibazzi  (all University of Bern) and PD. Dr. Stephan Scheuzger (Liechtenstein Institut & ETH Zurich); financed by IDGrant University of Bern


In times of highly politicized debates about increasing “irregular” migration, authorities are called upon to enforce sovereign powers of controlling human mobility. Deportation appears to be one self-evidently legitimate solution to deal with unauthorized mobile persons but is in practice a highly complex process of statecraft. As a group of researchers from law, history, social anthropology, and geography, we are working towards an interdisciplinary research proposal for a project which aims at opening new perspectives on the reconstruction and analysis of deportation regimes in their cross-border entanglements.


Art map

mLAB: Where science and digital media meet.

InvestigatorsProf. Dr. Caroline Schurr, Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme and the whole mLAB Team, Bern; financed by Strategic funds of the Faculty of Science University of Bern


The mLAB at the Institute of Geography is an experimental space that encourages researchers to develop new modes of collaborative and collective work and to critically use arts, media and digital research methods as an integral part of their work, promoting unorthodox coalitions of aesthetics and geography.

Besides making research results visible, the focus is also on sensorial routes of knowledge creation. Digital methods and artistic perspectives enable a different kind of research, they place the researchers and the researched personalities in a completely different way at the center and in relation to each other. They open up spaces for the invisible and the unspeakable and provoke new forms of approaching a theme.

The main questions are: How can we create points of access for outsiders to the terrain of our research? What role can contemporary digital media practice play in collecting, analyzing and communicating data? What does artistic research mean in different academic fields? How can different kinds of data material (quantitative, qualitative, visual, digital) be handled aesthetically? How can art help to generate another sense of meaning alongside mere logics of utilization?

The mLAB was created as a creative and inclusive laboratory by the units critical sustainability studies and social and cultural geography of the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern and is currently run by the artist Mirko Winkel. It comprises a large team of scholars whose interest is to discover new directions and imaginative formats within and beyond geography.

2018 - 2020

Employment and Social Differences in the Health Sector: An Institutional Perspective on a Swiss Hospital

Investigators: Susan Thieme (Institute of Geography), Marina Richter (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) and Carole Ammann (University of Amsterdam); financed by the Foundation Homo Liberalis.

The interdisciplinary project ‘Employment and Social Differences in the Swiss Health Sector’ aims to unveil social differences in the health care labour market by analyzing the institutional logics of personnel policy within hospitals in a situation of staff shortage and under the pressure of neoliberal restructuring. We conduct an institutional ethnography (Smith 2005) of a Swiss acute hospital to understand the institutional logic and ruling relations that shape personnel policies in this specific place. This perspective is combined with a multilevel intersectional lens (Winker & Degele 2009) to capture how personnel policies are structured by categories of social difference such as gender, age, education, position and origin.

Projektbeschrieb.pdf (PDF, 87KB)

2018 - 2020


Wie is(s)t Bern?

Investigators: Stephan Rist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Institute of Geography, University of Bern

Seit vier Jahren führt das CDE und GIUB ein grosses R4D-SNF Forschungsprojektes zum Thema «Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit- Food Sustainability» durch. Über den Kontakt mit der Stadt Bern (Amt für Umweltschutz) und mit der Plattform «Bärenhunger» (https://www.baerenhunger.ch) wurden wir gebeten, eine transdisziplinäre und handlungsorientierte Nachhaltigkeitsanalyse der wichtigsten Ernährungssysteme der Stadt Bern zu erstellen. Die Untersuchung soll in enger Zusammenarbeit mit gesellschaftlichen Gruppen, eine Reihe von konkreten Politikmassnahmen zur Verbesserung der Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit in der Stadt Bern zu entwickeln. Diese werden dann in einer zweiten Phase über eine intensive Zusammenarbeit von Politik, Bevölkerung und Uni Bern umgesetzt.

Neueste Publikation: Wildisen, Niklas. 2019. “Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit Des Ernährungssystems Der Stadt Bern.” Universität Bern.

Wildisen, Niklas. 2019. “Ökologische Nachhaltigkeit Des Ernährungssystems Der Stadt Bern.” (PDF, 6.2 MB)