Luca Tschiderer

PhD Student

Kritische Nachhaltigkeitsforschung

+41 31 684 33 19
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

PhD Project

What does it mean if we extend the idea of the commons to include labour and our working arrangements?

As a PhD student at the University of Bern I'm interested in how workers self-define their place of work and how they would re-arrange and organise care labour if they are in charge of making the decisions in their workplaces - what if health-care workers are "reclaiming control over the conditions of our reproduction"?

By this I'm investigating worker-led cooperatives and 'alternative' working arrangements (such as Buurtzorg) in the sector that are focused on autogestion or worker self-management on the way for a potentially just and sustainable way of providing health-care.

Working title: Reclaiming Work and Care as Commons: Investigating the Role of Cooperatives, Autonomous Management, and Labour Agency for a just and sustainable Health-Care Sector.

As part of the research project Healthcare unbound: A transnational perspective on the future of the world of work in health care

Research Interests

  • Labour Geography
  • Commons
  • Economies of Care
  • Sustainable Work
  • Just Transformations
  • Political Economy of Climate Change
  • Film as research method
  • Worker's inquiry

Work History

  • 2019-2021: Student Assistant, Université de Fribourg
  • 2018-2020: Digital Platforms Assistant, United Nations OCHA
  • 2016-2017: Student Assistant, University of Innsbruck


  • 2022: MSc Geography, Université de Fribourg
    • Thesis „Unravelling Global Trade Union‘s Just Transition Strategies“
  • 2017: BSc Geography, University of Innsbruck
  • 2015: Erasmus Study Visit, University of Iceland


Thieme, Susan; Vögeli, Irene; Winkel, Mirko; Tschiderer, Luca (2023). Narrating care-work: negotiating geographical research and artistic practice in transdisciplinary teaching. QuPuG : Journal für qualitative Forschung in Pflege- und Gesundheitswissenschaft, 1(10), pp. 6-14. Medical Update Marketing & Media, Wien


Master Thesis:

Tschiderer, L. (2022). Unraveling Global Trade Unions' Just Transition Strategies. 1-97. Université de Fribourg, Fribourg.


Book Review:

Tschiderer, Luca. 2021. “Book Review of: The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work, Cara New Daggett.” Review of The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work, by Cara New Daggett. Ecol. Econ. Elsevier B.V.


I'm open for co-supervising Bachelor and Master-Thesis' in collaboration with Susan Thieme and Sarah Hartmann broadly in the scope of labour, health and care geographies related to questions of sustainability and critical social research. If you want to discuss your topic, please send me an email

Past supervisions

Bachelor: Alain Stammbach (2023): “Nachhaltigkeit bei sorgender Arbeit: Visionen und Utopien guter Pflegearbeit in einem Altenheim”


FS 2024

Feldkurs Bern / Barcelona - together with: Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Dr. Christine Bigler (IZFG), Dr. Theresa Tribaldos (CDE), Dr. Karina Liechti (CDE) and Sarah Steinegger: “Von Gemeingütern zu einer nachhaltigen Gesellschaft der Zukunft?”

HS 2023

Film und Geographie - together with: Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Mirko Winkel
Film as a transdisciplinary method for geographical investigation. In collaboration with the Global Science Film Festival Bern 2023

HS 2022

Film und Geographie - joint lecture with Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) together with: Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Prof. Irene Vögeli (ZHdK), Mirko Winkel, Nora Longatti (ZHdK), Jana Thierfelder (ZHdK) and Judith Wiedmann (ZHdK)
"Care-Arbeit erzählbar machen". Using Film as a transdisciplinary method to investigate care work

FS 2022

Sustainability in the Anthropocene (lecture by Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Prof. Dr. Chinwe Ifejika Speranza) - 25. April, Guest lecture on Just Transition



● «Geographie-Gespräche» Berner Geographische Gesellschaft, 12. December, GIUB Universität Bern, Dr. Karina Liechti (CDE) and Luca Tschiderer, Moderation Patrick Sieber (SECO): “Von Gemeingütern zu einer nachhaltigen Gesellschaft der Zukunft?”


● Collegium generale “Was ist Gesundheit?” - HS 2023, 15. November, Universität Bern, Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme and Luca Tschiderer: “Neue Wege gehen: Lokale und internationale Perspektiven auf Arbeit und Nachhaltigkeit im Gesundheitswesen der Schweiz”


● 5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Bern Edition, 28.-29. October, KinoRex Bern, Organizational support and Moderator for “Electric Malady”, together with film director Marie Lidén and Prof. Tobias Bracht (UPD)

● Momentum Kongress, Hallstatt, Austria: Gogola, M. (Gewerkschaft GPA), Perner, R. (Gewerkschaft GPA), Tschiderer, L.: "Neue Anforderungen an Arbeit: Potentiale einer Machtverschiebung, Risiken und Nebenwirkungen"





  • Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland: Tschiderer, L., Hartmann, S., Thieme, S. "Health commons: commoning work in healthcare"


  • Momentum Kongress, Hallstatt, Austria: Tschiderer, L., Hartmann, S., Thieme, S.: "Commoning Work and Healthcare - Potentials for transformative Care-work"