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Cordula Ott, Social Anthropologist

Name: Cordula Stephanie Ott Date of birth: 17 November 1958 Profession: MA Social Anthropologist (1991) Nationality: Liechtenstein Unmarried, two children (1997/2000) Present position: - Senior research scientist and consultant (Centre for Development and Environment CDE) - Research assistant (CDE/AIG, Institute of Geography, Prof. Urs Wiesmann) - Member CDE Cluster ‘Governance of Land and Natural Resources’ - PhD student Phil. Nat., University of Bern (CDE 2009-) Key Qualifications: - Global and social change, social and economic coping strategies and adaptation - Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, sustainability science - Sustainable governance of land and natural resources and sustainable development - Earth system governance and synergies in multilateral environmental conventions / PRPs, MDGs, SDGs - Equity: Environment and gender, ethnicity and social inclusion - Multi-stakeholder approaches and participation - Social and economic diversity, bio-cultural diversity, and ecosystem approaches - Mountain ecosystems and livelihoods - Impact monitoring and evaluation - Cross-scale and space coherence for sustainable development Field experience: Nepal, Ethiopia, Tajikistan/Pamir Mountains, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kenya   PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH CDE 1992 - Senior research scientist, CDE, University of Bern, Switzerland 2005 - 2013 Programme staff NCCR North-South / Transversal Package Mandate 2009 - Research assistant for Prof. Urs Wiesmann (CDE/AIG and NCCR North-South) 2009 - PhD student Phil. Nat., University of Bern 2011 - Member CDE Cluster ‘Governance of Land and Natural Resources’ 2012- Background: 1979-1982 Studies: History of Art, Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Berne, Switzerland 1980-1991 Studies: Social Anthropology, Geography and Prehistory at the University of Berne, Switzerland 1983-1992 Archaeological Service of the Canton of Berne: Part-time employee 1992/1999 Nepal: Consultancy for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation: Nepal: ‘Salleri Electricity Utilization Project’ (Solu-Khumbu, Nepal): Development of an Impact Monitoring System of Ecological and Socio-economic Changes. 1992/93 Institute of Ethnology, Berne (now: Social Anthropology): Design of a research project of the, on local knowledge, perception, strategic competence and organizational power among shifting cultivators in Madagascar. 1992-1994 Institute of Ethnology, Berne (now: Social Anthropology): Design of a research project of the, on ecology, human-environment-relationships and people’s organizational power in socio-economic and ecological transformation processes (Nepal). Major activities at CDE 1992 - Focus: Integration of socio-anthropological and socio-economic perspectives into CDE’s concepts, instruments and research activities 1994-99 Focus: Concepts and tools Natural resource management: Developing CDE's ‘Concept on Natural Resource Management’ / strategy for CDE's tools and approaches on sustainable use of natural resources; / CDE’s Guidelines for Impact Monitoring (SDC Mandates) 1994 – Concept and implementation of a CDE's training course on 'Autodidactic Learning for Sustainability' (Mali, Madagascar, India, Bolivia, Pakistan, Kenya, Thailand, etc.) (SDC Mandate) 1995/1996 Ethiopia: Research study and missions for the design of the Socio-economic Research Concept for the Soil Conservation Research Program (SCRP/CDE) 1996 Expertise: Social Accounting of OS3 (Import and Information Services for Products from Developing Countries), a fair trade organisation 1996-2000 Development of a databank ‘Approaches of development institutions on environmental issues’ (SDC ) 1998/99 Nepal: ‘Salleri Electricity Utilization Project’ (Solu-Khumbu,): Organisation and back-stopping of the follow-up on the Impact Monitoring of SELUP/SCECO (SDC Mandate) 1998 – 1999 Focus Gender and Environment: Concepts and advice for the integration of gender & environment in development projects, programmes and policy/ Project lead of a working group ‘Gender in Sustainable Land Management’ (SDC Mandate) 2001 Tajikistan: Scientific lead for field study group of CDE ‘Pamir Strategy Project’ on Sustainable Mountain Development, Khorough, July to October 2001 2002 – 2004 Focus: Multi-level/multi stakeholder approaches and development cooperation (SDC mandate) Focus: Biodiversity and Gender (SDC mandate) 2003 Coordinating Author: ‘Sustainable Development Appraisal - A tool for trans-disciplinary knowledge generation and management, supportive to learning processes, interaction and negotiation processes for local to regional development’. CDE Working Paper. 2004 - Focus: Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), Rio Conventions, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment MA / Focus: Transboundary management of natural resources (SDC mandates) 2004 Preparation and contribution for SDC’s ‘Fourth Report by Switzerland on measures taken to assist affected country parties to implement the UNCCD’. (SDC mandate) 2004/2005 Concept and Project Proposal for ESAPP: Development of a conceptual framework on Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management Planning (Umbeluzi river basin, Mozambique and Swaziland) 2004/2005 Concept, preparation and conclusions: FORUM SLM Sustainable Land Management (CDE/SDC): The Rio Conventions: Strengthening synergies and linkages between the policy and the operation level. 2004 CDE conceptual input in SDC/Division with SE Europe and CIS Toolkit ‘Integrating Environmental Issues in SDC Development Programmes and Projects’ (SDC mandate) 2004 Conceptual Framework on Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management Planning (Umbeluzi river basin, Mozambique and Swaziland; Concept and Project Proposal for ESAPP/CDE. 2005 Mozambique/Swaziland: Field Mission for ESAPP/CDE: Developing a Framework for Stakeholder Consultation in the Umbeluzi River Basin. (SDC Mandate) 2005 Concept, preparation and conclusions: FORUM SLM Sustainable Land Management (CDE/SDC): Transboundary Management of Natural Resources in Transition Countries 2005 - Focus: Climate Change, Vulnerability, Coping Strategies; International Cooperation and Research (SDC Mandates) 2006 -2008 Co-Authorship: IAASTD – International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development; Global Report Chapter 1: Context, Conceptual Framework and Sustainability Indicators. Worldbank Report. 2007/08 NCCR North-South Synthesis Project – Transversal Package Core Group: Development of a Framework for the Synthesis of the NCCR North-South Research Programme 2009 - Contributions to the NCCR North-South Synthesis Project / Research assistant for Prof. Urs Wiesmann (CDE/NCCR North-South) 2010 UNCCD United Nations Convention on Desertification: Swiss National Reporting to the Conference of Parties 2008/2009. 2012 UNCCD United Nations Convention on Desertification: Swiss National Reporting to the Conference of Parties 2010/2011. 2012 SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network – Land Governance Focus Area. Land Governance – A Positioning of Terms. 2012 Kenya: Field Study: ‘Capitalising on experiences’ of the Eastern and Southern Arica Partnership Programme ESAPP 2013 Capitalising on ESAPP Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership programme: Concept and Draft: ‘Knowledge and Integration for Sustainable Development’   Publication list INTERNAL REPORTS 2013 Concept for ‘Capitalising on the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme 1998-2013’: Analysing ESAPP as a hub of sustainability knowledge production and exchange at the society–science interface: “ESAPP Lessons Learnt” and “ESAPP Highlights” (Working title). 2008 Climate Change, Coping Strategies and Adaptation – Relevante Aspekte für Development & Research. Ein konzeptionelles Arbeitspapier der Policy Section, CDE. 2007 Framework for the NCCR North-South Synthesis - Description of Concept, Outputs and Procedure. Transversal Package Core Group. September 2007. 2005 Developing a Framework for Stakeholder Consultation in the Umbeluzi River Basin. Development of a Conceptual Framework for Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management Planning in the Umbeluzi River Basin, Swaziland and Mozambique. ESAPP Project Report. Ott C. Haupt F. 2005 MDGs und Impact Monitoring – Der Umgang von PRSP/MDGs mit Ökoregionen in Schwerpunktländern der DEZA. Projektbericht UM/CDE zuhanden der DEZA, Nov. 2005. 2005 Armut und Ökoregionen: Auswertung der CDE Retraite vom 19.Okt.05 2005 Schnittstelle Forschung-IZ: Integration laufender Forschungserfahrungen und –resultate in die IZ Praxis. Projektbericht zuhanden der DEZA, UM/CDE Dezember 05. 2005 The Rio Conventions: Strengthening synergies and linkages between the policy and operational levels. Summary of the Forum SLM workshop at SDC, 19 January 2005. 2005 Transboundary Management of Natural Resources in Transition Countries - Challenges, Potentials and Constraints for SDC and Partner Organisations, 17 November 2005, SLM Forum Workshop Report. 2004 Überblick über die Geschichte des Umweltmandates und dessen Einbettung im CDE 1989-2004. Hintergrundmaterial zur Retraite UM ‚Positionierung des Mandates in Bezug auf den Auftraggeber und in Bezug auf das CDE’, 11. Februar 2004. 2004 Die Bedeutung von Multi-Level-Stakeholder-Ansätzen für nachhaltige Landnutzung: Ansätze zur Förderung der Politik- und Strategiekohärenz zugunsten Nachhaltiger Ressourcennutzung und Nachhaltiger Entwicklung. Projektbericht zuhanden der DEZA. CDE Konzept. 2004 Contribution to the development of a Toolkit ‘Environmental Issues within SDC Programs in SE Europe’. Thematic sheets: Sustainable Development/Poverty and Environment / Governance and Environment / Project Cycle Management and Environment; and Glossary. (SDC mandate) 2004 Conceptual Framework on Integrated Transboundary River Basin Management Planning (Umbeluzi River Basin, Mozambique and Swaziland ); Draft Concept and Project Proposal for ESAPP, CDE. 2003 ‘Multi-level/Multi-stakeholder Ansätze’ - Prozesse in und Synergien zwischen den Programmen des CDE: Auswertung der CDE-Retraite 18. Juni 2003. 2003 Sustainable Development Appraisal - A tool for trans-disciplinary knowledge generation and management, supportive to learning processes/ interaction and negotiation processes for local to regional development. Coordinator, Draft Concept CDE. 2003 Analyses stratégiques autour d’enjeux régionaux développement et d’environnement – Adaptation du SDA pour l’atelier de formation DERAD, 24 nov – 6 déc. 2003. CDE, Giger M, Mathez-Stiefel S, Ott C. (engl: Strategic analysis of regional development and environmental issues - Adaptation of the SDA (Sustainable Development Appraisal ) tool for the DERAD Workshop, 24 November – 6 December 2003. CDE, Giger M, Mathez-Stiefel S, Ott C. 2001 Pamir Strategy Project PSP - Draft Report on the Initial Phase of Field Studies in GBAO mid-July to mid-September 2001. 1999 Socioeconomic Data Analysis for the SCRP Data Base Report. Input for the Database ‘Long-Term Monitoring of Six Research Stations in Ethiopia’. CDE. 1999 Sustainable Development Appraisal (SDA) – A Working Instrument to Facilitate Participatory Appraisals of Sustainability and Syntheses of Strategies for Sustainability. Draft Text for Field Testing. CDE. 1996 Integration of Community, Household, and Farming System into the Research Concept of SCRP. SCRP Mission Report, Ott, C., and Wiesmann, U. 1995 Contributions to the Socioeconomic Component of the SCRP Research Concept. SCRP Mission Report. CDE, Institute of Geography, University of Bern. 1994 Ethnologische Thesen zu Nachhaltiger Ressourcennutzung und deren Implikationen für die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Konzeptpapier CDE. 1993 SELUP Impact Monitoring: Impact Status Report. Report on the ecological and socio-economic impact of a small hydro-electric power plant (‘Salleri Electricity Utilization Project’) in Salleri, Solu-Khumbu, Nepal. Ott C, and Wymann S. 1992 SELUP Impact Monitoring: Progress Report. Initial report on the preparation of ‘Impact Monitoring of the Salleri Electricity Utilization Project’, Nepal. Ott C and Wymann S. 1990 Zwang und Wahl: Handel und Hinduisierung als Anpassungsstrategien ethnischer Gruppen in Nordwest-Nepal. Thesis in Anthropology. Institute of Ethnology, University of Berne. 1989 Buchara und Chiwa: Seide- und Ikatzentren. Institute of Ethnology, University of Berne and Historical Museum, Berne. (Seminar prize-winning) 1988 Die Bhotia Nepals – Subsistenz, Marginalität und Integration. Institute of Ethnology, University of Berne. 1986 Afrikanische Gebirgsräume und ihre Entwicklungsprobleme: Fallstudie Lesotho. Case study in a series on ‚Dynamics in African Mountain Regions’. Institute of Geography, University of Berne. PUBLICATIONS 2013 (forthcoming): Capitalising on ESAPP – Knowledge and Integration for Sustainable Development – Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (Working title).Draft. 2013 Poster: Knowledge and Integration for Sustainable Development – Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme. Poster submitted to the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2013, Monday, October 21 2013, Bern. TD-net, Switzerland. 2008 Book Review: The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts. Book by Susan Conway. Bangkok, Thailand: River Books, 2006. In: Mountain Research and Development MRD (Feb. 2008). 2007 Die Erhaltung der Feuchtgebiete – eine Massnahme zur Armutsbekämpfung. DEZA. In: Biodiversität Hotspot 15/2007. (deutsch/französisch) 2006 Transboundary Management of Natural Resources in Transition Countries – A Potential for Regional Integration. CDE/Forum SLM, SLM Briefings No. 3. (English, French, Spanish) 2005 Global Conventions and Environmental Governance. InfoResources FOCUS No 3/05. (English, French, Spanish) 2002 Tackling Gender Issues in Sustainable Land Management – A Modular Instrument for Use in Rural Development Projects with a Focus on Sustainable Land Management. CDE publication. 1997 Assessing Ecological and Social Impacts of Trans-national Industry: Lessons from International Development Co-operation. In: Managing Sustainability Dilemmas in the Developing World. Seminar Report, University of Cambridge. 1995 Umweltforschung verlangt den Einbezug aller Akteure. In: UniPress, Berichte über Forschung und Wissenschaft an der Universität Bern, Heft 85. Bern. pp.28-30. CO-AUTHOR PUBLICATIONS 2012 Hoeggel U, Ott C. 2012. Land Governance – A Positioning of Terms. SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network – Land Governance Focus Area. CDE/SDC. 2011 Bieri S, Ott C, Freytes Frey A, Cross C, Partenio F, Fernández Álvarez MI. 2011. A tool for thought and transformation: Gender-considerate global change research in practice. In: Wiesmann U, Hurni H, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 185–205. 2011 Ott C, Bieri S. 2011. From rhetoric to concept: Incremental steps for mainstreaming gender in the NCCR North-South. In: Wiesmann U, Hurni H, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 289–311. 2011 Wiesmann U, Hurni H, Ott C, Zingerli C. 2011. Combining the concepts of transdisciplinarity and partnership in research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann U, Hurni H, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 43–70. 2011 Wiesmann U, Ott C, Ifejika Speranza C, Kiteme BP, Müller-Böker U, Messerli P, Zinsstag J. 2011. A human actor model as a conceptual orientation in interdisciplinary research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann U, Hurni H, editors; with an international group of co-editors. Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 6. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 231–256. 2010 Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern. Kohler T, Giger M, Ott C, Wiesmann U, Wymann von Dach S, Maselli D. Mountain Research and Development MRD Vol. 30 Nr. 1, 1-4. Publisher: International Mountain Society IMS 2009 Innovation für eine bessere Zukunft. Andreas K, Ott C. Umwelt Perspektiven Juni 2009. 2009 The Efficiency of Simplicity – A comprehensive evolutionary perception of the Earth can help to improve the management of subsystems. Andreas K, Ott C. Conference paper for the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions 10-12 March 2009 Copenhagen, Denmark, in preparation of the Climate Change Congress, December 2009. 2009 Mountains and Climate Change: From Understanding to Action. Kohler T, Maselli D. (eds). Publisher: Geographica Bernensia and SDC. 2008 IAASTD – International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development; Global Report Chapter 1: Context, Conceptual Framework and Sustainability Indicators. Worldbank Report. 2008 Shaping Institutions for Natural Resource. Giuliani A, Wenger R, Wymann von Dach S. (eds.) Management. InfoResources Focus No 3/08. (deutsch, français, espanõl) 2007 Vom Wettermacher zum Ökosystemgestalter - Biodiversität und Klimawandel aus der Sicht der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. DEZA. In: Biodiversität Hotspot 16/2007. Ott C. Klaey A. 2006 Will Pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals Alleviate Poverty in Mountains? Mountain Research and Development Vol 26 No 1 Feb 2006: 4–8. Wymann S, Ott C, Klaey A, Stillhardt B. 2006 Status and Future of Mountain Research – Results of two Surveys by the Research Initiative of the Mountain Partnership. A Discussion Paper. Kohler T, Bachmann F, Ott C. Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, within the Research Initiative of the Mountain Partnership. 2001 Biodiversität und Nachhaltige Ressourcennutzung: ein Potential? CDE, Infothek Entwicklung & Umwelt. Infopack 6 /März 2001. 2000 Long-term Monitoring of the Agricultural Environment in Six Research Stations in Ethiopia. SCRP. Vol 1-7. (Concept and Methodology / Area of Dizi, Illubabor 1988-1994 / Area of Anjeni, Gojam 1984-1994 /Area of Gununo, Sidamo 1981-1994 /Area of Hunde Lafto, Harerge 1982-1994/ Area of Andit Tid, Shewa 1982-94/ Area of Maybar, Wello 1981-1994). 1998 Sustainable Land Management – Guidelines for Impact Monitoring. Working Documents for Public Discussion. Workbook and Toolkit Module. Jointly published by SDC, GTZ, the World Bank, and CDE. 1995 Are Small Hydels an Answer to Eliminate Deforestation? Some Ideas from an Impact Monitoring of a Small Hydel in Salleri, Solu Khumbu. Ott, C., and Wymann, S. In: Schreier H, Shah PB, Brown S. (eds.): in ICIMOD, Proc. of a Workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal, 10-12 April 1995:33-40. 1995 Sustainable Use of Natural Resources – A Conceptual Approach to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in the Context of Development. CDE, Development and Environment Reports 14. (German, English, French) 1994 Development and the Environment: Hypotheses on the Environmental Impacts of Development Activities. CDE, Handbook on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. (German, English, French, Spanish)

Over 20 years of work-experience in global approaches for SD; since 2000 active in the Switzerland UNCCD Reporting.

Topic(s)

Poverty Reduction

Available for:

Consultancy to support reporting process; Consultancy to Parties

Contact details:

​Centre for Deveopment and Environment
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern
Tel   +41 (0)31 631 88 22 / 57 79
Fax   +41 (0)31 631 85 44
cordula.ott@cde.unibe.ch

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