Principal Investigator,
since 2021



Theresa Tribaldos is Head of Just Economies and Human Well-being Impact Area at the Centre for Development and Environment and 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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