Economic Development Dynamics in Rural and Mountain Regions
Digital Multilocality: Urban-Rural Linkages in the Swiss Alps
Project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (12/2018 - 05/2020)
Digital technologies have become a central part of our everyday lives. Their use challenges traditional forms of work. This project is funded through the SNF “Digital Lives” program. In this regard, the project contributes to the scientific and public debates about the potential and risk of digitalization on locally independent work arrangements and resulting economic benefits in Switzerland.
Partners: Dr. Sigve Haug, Science IT Support, University of Bern
PhD student: Reto Bürgin
Social Innovations in Swiss Mountain Regions: Shifting Away from Growth Dependency in the Tourism, Construction and Healthcare Industries
Project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (11/2018 – 11/2022)
In Swiss mountain regions, the question of future growth opportunities is an important issue in view of increasing economic, social and ecological challenges (e.g. out-migration, limited building land, unfavourable exchange rates of the Swiss franc). The aim of the project is to investigate the role of social innovations in connection with (future) growth issues in the Bernese Oberland. Social innovations are new approaches to solving social and economic challenges, which above all involve new forms of cooperation (e.g. staff sharing in tourism, new forms of basic services, public-private cooperation in the renovation of second homes, etc.). In the project, a special focus will be placed on the tourism, construction and health sectors.
Partners: Prof. Irmi Seidl, WSL; Dr. Monika Bandi Tanner, CRED
PhD students: Pascal Tschumi, Andrea Winiger, Samuel Wirth
Federal Strategy For Mountain Areas and Rural Regions in Switzerland (Expert Mandate)
|Federal Strategy For Mountain Areas and Rural Regions in Switzerland (Expert Mandate)|
|Project Timeline||January 2013-April 2014|
|Funding||State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO|
|Description||Based on the so-called Motion Maissen the Swiss Federal Council was assigned to develop a coherent strategy for the development of Swiss mountain and rural regions. We developed several input papers and a final report.|