Principal Investigators

The MRI's Principal Investigators are established academics based in Switzerland who guide the MRI's strategic direction. 

 

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Mountain Research Initiative


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Christian Huggel is Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich, and leads the research group Environment and Climate: Impacts, Risks and Adaptation.

Christian Huggel has previously held positions at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, ETH Zurich, University of Geneva, and has been a visiting researcher at the US Geological Survey in Anchorage, Alaska and at a number of research institutions in South America. He has been a science advisor and member of the Swiss delegation at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties. Currently, he leads several projects on climate impacts and adaptation in the tropical Andes, the Indian Himalayas, and the Alps, in collaboration with the Swiss and other national governments and international organizations. He is a Lead Author of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report – working on Chapter 12: Central and South America and the Cross-Chapter Paper on Mountains – and previously also served as a Lead Author on the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

Research Interests

KeywordsClimate Change, Hazards, Risks, Adaptation, Glaciers, Socio-Environmental Systems.

Christian Huggel’s research focuses on climate impacts, and risks and adaptation to climate change – mainly in mountain regions. His interest is to understand how climate and climate change affects environmental and socio-environmental systems, how these systems respond in the context of multiple drivers of change, and what changes can be attributed to climate change and other drivers. To adequately approach these research fields, he stresses the importance of an interdisciplinary perspective. In the past he has looked into glacier and other mountain hazards, such as glacier lake outburst floods, avalanches, and landslides; volcano-ice interactions; hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessments; integrated monitoring and early warning systems, and climate adaptation more generally. His geographic research areas include the European Alps, the Andes, Alaska, the Caucasus, and the Himalayas.

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Theresa Tribaldos is Head of Just Economies and Human Well-being Impact Area at the Centre for Development and Environment and designated UNESCO Chair on Natural and Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Mountain Development at the University of Bern.

Before joining the Centre for Development and Environment in 2015, she had a few years of experience in a consultancy firm for agricultural policy and regional development in Swiss mountain areas. She holds a PhD in International Relations from ETH Zurich, where she did research on conflict and cooperation over domestic water resources in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Sahel Area. Her Master of Arts in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King's College London looked at internal conflict and sovereignty in Columbia. Her Master of Science in Geography from the University of Zurich focused on glaciology, geobotany, biogeography, climatology, GIS and hydrology.

Research Interests

KeywordsFood systems, transformation of food systems, sustainable regional development, just transition, transdisciplinarity, natural and cultural heritage.

Sustainable development is at the core of Theresa Tribaldos' research and focuses on food systems, sustainable regional development in mountain regions and protected areas, justice implications of transition and transformation, and the role of research networks in sustainable development. Transdisciplinarity plays an important role in her research. Besides Switzerland, she has research experience in different countries of the world such as Chile, Brazil, Kenya, Portugal, Morocco.

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Adrienne Grêt-Regamey is an environmental scientist and landscape planner. She has been Professor at the Chair of Planning Landscape and Urban Systems at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, ETH Zürich (Switzerland) since 2008. 

Research Interests

Keywords: Sustainability, Spatial Planning, Spatial Modeling, Landscape and Environmental Planning, Urban Planning, 3D Visualization, Emerging and Developing Economies.

Currently, Adrienne Grêt-Regamey's research focuses on understanding how the interactions and/or actions of humans shape landscapes at various temporal and spatial scales, using different land-use decision models in forecasting and backcasting modes. For fostering participatory landscape planning, she investigates how people perceive the landscape in the three labs, where state-of-the-art 3D visualizations and auralizations of landscape changes are generated and decision support tools developed. She also explores how an iterative process between design and science can allow co-creating place specific responses satisfying human needs and demands for well-being in a sustainable manner. For one of her recent research projects, the consortium was awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation Transdisciplinary Award. In 2017, she received an ERC Starting Grant for the project GLOBESCAPE linking design and land system science to foster place-making in peri-urban landscapes. In 2018 she was finalist for the ETH ALEA Art of Leadership Award.

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