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Expert NameProf. Dr. Urs Wiesmann
TitleProf. Dr. phil. nat.
DivisionCentre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Institution
CityBern
CountrySwiss
Telephone+41 31 631 88 69
Emailurs.wiesmann(at)cde.unibe.ch
Work ExperienceField research in Swiss Alps, Eastern and Southern Africa, South-East Asia and Central Asia. Management of research programmes in East Africa, Central Asia, South East Asia and Switzerland. Co-director of the interdisciplinary ‘Centre for Development and Environment’ (CDE) at the Institute of Geography, University of Bern. Deputy Director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South on ‘Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change’ and Head of the NCCR Individual Project No. 1 on ‘Conceptual Framework and Methodologies for Research on Syndrome Mitigation’
QualificationsHabilitation on ‘Sustainable regional development in rural Africa, University of Bern. Venia Docendi in Geography, University Bern, 1998 2009 Extra-ordinary full professorship in Geography, University of Bern
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Other Activities1. Since 2003: Appointed Member of the IHDP Swiss National Commission (renamed commission for Sustainability of the Swiss Academies in 2006). 2. Since 1999: Head of the SDC sponsored programme ESAPP (Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme) on sustainable resource management and regional development in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Madagascar. 3. 1998: Organiser of an international conference of the Swiss Priority Programme Environment (SPPE), the Government of Kenya, and the University of Nairobi on “Research, Planning and Conflict Resolution for Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” in Kenya, sponsored by SDC and SNF.
Publications1. Kiteme BP, Wiesmann U. 2008. Sustainable River Basin Management in Kenya: Balancing Needs and Requirements. In: Hirsch Hadorn, G., et al. (eds.): Handbook of Transdisciplinary Research. Heidelberg: Springer: 63-78. 2. Ifejika Speranza C, Kitembe B, Wiesmann U. 2008. Droughts and Famines: The underlying factors and the causal links among agro-pastoral households in semi-arid Makueni district, Kenya. Global Environment Change Journal 18 (1): 220-233 3. Liniger H, Gikonyo j, Kiteme B, Wiesmann U. 2005. Assessing and managing scarce tropical mountain water resources – these case of Mount Kenya and the semi-arid Upper Ewaso Ng’iro Basin. Mountain Research and Development 25(2): 163-173 4. Hurni, H., Wiesmann, U., Kohler, T., 2001: Mitigating the Syndromes of Desertification: the Requirements for Transdisciplinary Research and Information Exchange. In: Enne, D., et al: Desertification Convention: Data and Information Requirements for Interdisciplinary Research. European Commission, EUR 19496. 9-17. 5. Wiesmann U., Gichuki, F., Kiteme, B.P., Liniger, H.P., 2000: Mitigating Conflicts over Scare Water Resources in the Highland-Lowland System of Mount Kenya. Mountain Research and Development 20 (1): 10-15.
DisciplineGeography
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