Environment and Natural Resources


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Environment and Natural Resources. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Bringing the Seed Wars to the Courtroom: Legal Activism and the Governance of Plant Genetic Resources in Brazil and India

Professor Shalini Randeria, funded by SNSF. October 2015–September 2019.
This project proposes a critical ethnography of legal activism around plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Brazil and India, two mega-diverse countries with large agricultural sectors and vibrant civil societies. In recent years, conflicts over genetic resources in Brazil and India have increasingly taken the form of class action and public interest litigation.
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Effectiveness of Partnerships for Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals: Behavioural Pathways and Impacts

Professor Liliana Andonova and Professor Gilles Carbonnier, funded by SNIS. November 2017–October 2019.
This project draws on political science, economics, management studies and public policy to advance the study of partnerships effectiveness both theoretically and empirically with respect to the SDGs.
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Environmental Regulation and Economic Competitiveness: Employment, Firms’ Location and Technology Adoption

Professors Timothy Swanson and Richard Baldwin, funded by SNSF. July 2015–June 2019.
The results of this project will provide new empirical perspectives on the economic implications of environmental policies, and they will allow us to make recommendations for effective public policies both at the environmental and the economic levels.
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Financing Investments in Clean Technologies

Joëlle Noailly and Gaétan de Rassenfosse, funded by SNSF. January 2018–December 2021.
The overarching objective of this project is to investigate how society can steer financing towards cleantech investments.
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The Global Political Ecology of Lithium Commodity Chain (LITHIUM)

Professor Marc Hufty, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2021.
In order for technological solutions not to turn into social and political problems, this project aims to understand the issues surrounding the use of lithium, a natural resource presented as an element of importance for the green economy.
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Land Commercialization, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food

Professor Elisabeth Prügl with Dr Christophe Gironde and Dr Fenneke Reysoo, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) within their joint Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d Programme). February 2015–January 2020.
This project applies a right-to-food and gender-equality perspective to examining changes in food security in the wake of land commercialization in two case countries, Cambodia and Ghana. It seeks to answer three research questions:  (1) What gendered changes in livelihoods arise from contemporary processes of land commercialization, and how do these affect food security? (2) How do local, national, and international gendered power constellations and policies influence changes in food security? (3) How does the promotion of gender equality and the right to food affect changes in food security?
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Sustainable Human Niche

Professor Timothy Swanson, funded by MAVA Foundation. September 2012–April 2019.
This project aims to analyse the sustainability of the continued expansion of the human niche due to the continued conversion of lands to food production. 
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To Save and To Defend: Global Normative Ambiguity and Regional Order

Professor Stephanie Hofmann, with Anamarija Andreska and Francesco Romani, funded by SNSF. September 2017–August 2021.
This project aims to understand and explain (1) how the global institutional level relates to regional visions of international security order and (2) why some regional security organisations are more compatible with the UN while others challenge the UN in security matters and suggests alternative orders.
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Trade and the Environment

Professor James Hollway and Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre d’études pluridisciplinaires en commerce et investissement internationaux (CEPCI, Canada). Partner: Université Laval (Professor Jean-Frédéric Morin). 2016–2019.
This project aims to explore the emergence, diffusion, implementation and impact of environmental provisions in trade agreements and trade provisions in environmental agreements.
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