Current Research Projects of the Group for Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management


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Special issues that GIUB is co-organising

Special Issue: "Degradation and Sustainable Management of Land":; Journal: Sustainability
Special issue: Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research”;; Journal: Ecology and Society
Special Issue: "Livelihood and Landscape Change in Africa: Future Trajectories for Improved Well-Being under a Changing Climate";; Journal: Land

Contact: Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza:


Spectral characteristics of the soil

Soil spectroscopy for assessing sustainable land management

Funding: Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern
Personnel: Simon Oberholzer,  Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

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Social-ecological systems modelling and Sustainable Land Management (SSLM):

Funding: Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management, University of Bern
Personnel: Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza, Dr. Md Sarwar Hossain 

Fieldwork mapping Land Degradation in Nigeria

Land Degradation and Its impacts on Ecosystem Services in the Nigerian Savannah

Funding: UniBE International 2021 initiative of the Vice-Rectorate Development, University of Bern, Switzerland, Rufford foundation Small grant [27153-1], IDEA WILD equipment grant
Personnel: Ademola Adenle A. Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

Forest Management South Africa

Exploring the Knowledge Dynamics Associated with Forest Management for Climate Change Adaptation in South Africa

Funding: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and Swiss-African Research Cooperation

Personnel: Dr. Ofoegbu C. and Prof. Dr. Ifejika-Speranza C.



Researchers of the unite Sustainable Land Management are members of following Research Clusters of the Geography institute Berne:

Networking and collaborations

  • The unit Sustainable Land Management is a member of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
  • The SLM research group was formed in 1987. Since 1992 it has been directing the WOCAT: World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies global soil and water conservation programme, which is run by the interdisciplinary Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern as of 1 July 2009.
  • Since 2000, the SLM research group has been hosting the editorial office of Mountain Research and Development (MRD), an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the problems and potentials of the world’s mountain regions MRD is hosted by CDE as of 1 July 2009.
  • Management of PhD study programmes within the International Graduate School IGS North-South by T. Breu