Critical Sustainability Studies

Critical Sustainability Studies

Our commitment to teaching


Winners of the Award for University Teaching 2021 from VGDH

Susan Thieme and Patricia Fry win with their seminar format the award for university teaching 2021 from the VGDH, Association for Geography at German-speaking Universities and Research Institutions (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

The seminar combined the topics sustainability, mobility & train station development and transdisciplinarity. The students learned the transdisciplinary Social Learning Video method (SLV).

In close cooperation with representatives of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and other practical partners, the students gained insight into negotiations on the future role and design of train stations as "mobility hubs", using Olten train station as a case study. These are places where sustainability issues such as access to and use of mobility for population groups, mobility infrastructure and participation in decision-making are negotiated.


Master thesis wins the 2021 Faculty Award

Laura Costea wins with her master thesis the Faculty Award 2021 for the best master thesis in Geography

Title of master thesis: "Migration infrastructure in the context of the Swiss healthcare system: recruitment agencies and their role in compensating for the shortage of physicians"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Dr. des Carole Ammann.

The thesis deals with the dependence of the Swiss health care system on professionals (nursing, physicians) recruited abroad. It analyzes 1. the daily work of agencies recruiting doctors from Romania 2. the field of tension in which these agencies operate on a daily basis. For a long time there has been an increasing demand for personnel in Switzerland and at the same time Switzerland has signed the WHO (World Health Organization) Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, which actually aims at reducing recruitment from abroad. The master thesis makes an important contribution to a differentiated debate on a highly political (and partly politicized) topic about the future of the Swiss healthcare system and the important role of international professionals in the Swiss labor market.


Innovative teaching projects in our unit

Förderung Nachhaltige Entwicklung in der Lehre (FNE), Alexander Vorbrugg, 2020

Titel: Kritische Nachhaltigkeitsforschung aus der Sicht des Globalen Südens und Ostens? Öko-sozialeTheorien und Bewegungen aus situierter Perspektive

Abstract FNE; A. Vorbrugg (2020) (PDF, 75KB)

Förderung Nachhaltige Entwicklung in der Lehre (FNE), Susan Thieme, 2019

Titel: Integration von Migrierenden in den Berner Arbeitsmarkt transdisziplinar gedacht: Social learning Videos als transdisziplinare Methode und Brücke zwischen Forschung und Praxis

Abstract FNE; S. Thieme (2019) (PDF, 75KB)

Förderung Innovative Lehre (FIL), Susan Thieme, 2019

Titel: Inverted classroom und Lehrsprache Englisch: Neukonzipierung Vorlesung „Sustainable Regional Development“, Masters Geographie 

Abstract FIL; S. Thieme (2019) (PDF, 59KB)

Förderung Interdisziplinäre Veranstaltungen (FIV), Susan Thieme, 2018

Titel: Film VerORTen - Film als sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungs- und Kommunikationsmethode

Abstract FIV; S. Thieme (2018) (PDF, 145KB)


Further links to innovative teaching

Förderung Nachhaltige Entwicklung in der Lehre (FNE)
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