Dr. Cordula Ott

Senior Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

Phone
+41 31 631 57 79
E-Mail
cordula.ott@cde.unibe.ch
Office
323
Postal Address
Dr. Cordula Ott
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Sustainable governance: SLM/SRD/SD 
  • Earth system governance and synergies in multilateral environmental agreements and conventions (UNFCC; UNCCD, UNCBD; PRPs, MA, MDGs, SDGs)
  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches, sustainability science
  • Cross-scale and space coherence for sustainable development
  • Global change/climate change: poverty, resilience, social and economic coping strategies and adaptation
  • Equity: Environment and gender, ethnicity and social inclusion, multi-stakeholder approaches
  • Bio-cultural diversity, and ecosystem approaches
  • Mountain ecosystems and livelihoods
  • Impact monitoring and evaluation

​Projects

  • Senior research scientist and consultant for Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC: concepts, practice, and tools in the sphere of governance of natural resources and SD
  • UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: Assistant to Swiss Focal Point for the biannual Swiss Country Reporting for the UNCCD
  • Research assistant for Prof. Urs Wiesmann (Institute of Geography/AIG): contribution to synthesis NCCR-North-South (2014); Socio-economic Atlas of Kenya (2014)
  • PhD student Phil. Nat., University of Bern: Institutionalisation of Transdisciplinarity in North-South research partnerships
  • Capitalising on the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (ESAPP) (1999-2014): Knowledge and Integration for Sustainable Development
  • NCCR North-South / Transversal Package Mandate; Framework for the Synthesis of the NCCR North-South /SD in Mountains (2005 - 2014)

Further professional interests

  • Interface between natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • Anthropology and power
  • Ecology and transhumance/Pastoralism
  • Protected areas

Field experience

Nepal, Ethiopia, Pamir, Mozambique, Swaziland, Kenya

Languages

German, English

 

Journal Article

Ott, Cordula (2017). Enabling Transformative Research: Lessons from the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (1999–2015). Challenges in Sustainability, 5(1), pp. 15-23. Librello 10.12924/cis2017.05010015

Ott, Cordula; Kiteme, Boniface (2016). Concepts and practices for the democratisation of knowledge generation in research partnerships for sustainable development. Evidence and Policy, 12(3), pp. 405-430. Policy Press 10.1332/174426416X14700793045951

Kohler, Thomas; Giger, Markus; Hurni, Hans; Ott, Cordula; Wiesmann, Urs; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Maselli, Daniel (2010). Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern. Mountain Research and Development, 30(1), pp. 53-55. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-09-00086.1

Ott, Cordula (2008). The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts by Susan Conway. Mountain Research and Development, 28(1), pp. 95-96. International Mountain Society 10.1659/mrd.mm029

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2009). Innovation für eine bessere Zukunft: Die Nicht-Nachhaltigkeit der Schweiz erfordert ein Umdenken. Umwelt Perspektiven, 2009(3), p. 3. Galledia

Ott, Cordula (2007). Die Erhaltung der Feuchtgebiete - eine Massnahme zur Armutsbekämpfung. Hotspot, 15(07), pp. 20-23.

Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas (2007). Du faiseur de temps au créateur d'écosystème: Biodiversité et changement climatique dans l'optique de la coopération au développement. Hotspot(16), pp. 22-25. Forum Biodiversität Schweiz

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas; Stillhardt, Brigitta (2006). Will International Pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals Alleviate Poverty in Mountains? Mountain Research and Development, 26(1), pp. 4-8. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/0276-4741(2006)026[0004:WIPOTM]2.0.CO;2

Book Section

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2015). Erkenntnissysteme, Humanökologie und Ethik: C. West Churchmans Impuls zu Nachhaltiger Entwicklung am Beispiel der Klimaverhandlungen. In: Simon, Karl-Heinz; Tretter, Felix (eds.) Systemtheorien und Humanökologie: Positionsbestimmungen in Theorie und Praxis (pp. 181-214). München, Deutschland: oekom

Bieri, Sabin; Ott, Cordula; Freytes Frey, Ada; Cross, Cecilia; Partenio, Florencia; Fernández Álvarez, María Inés (2011). A tool for thought and transformation: Gender-considerate global change research in practice. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (eds.) Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South: Vol. 6 (pp. 185-205). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Ott, Cordula; Bieri, Sabin (2011). From rhetoric to concept: Incremental steps for mainstreaming gender in the NCCR North-South. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (eds.) Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South: Vol. 6 (pp. 289-311). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Wiesmann, Urs; Hurni, Hans; Ott, Cordula; Zingerli, Claudia (2011). Combining the concepts of transdisciplinarity and partnership in research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (eds.) Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South: Vol. 6 (pp. 43-70). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Wiesmann, Urs; Ott, Cordula; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Kiteme, Boniface; Müller-Böker, Ulrike; Messerli, Peter; Zinsstag, Jakob (2011). A human actor model as a conceptual orientation in interdisciplinary research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (eds.) Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South: Vol. 6 (pp. 231-256). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Hurni, Hans; Osman-Elasha, Balgis; Giger, Markus; Klaey, Andreas; Ott, Cordula; Hoeggel, Udo; Rist, Stephan; Portner, Brigitte (2009). Context, conceptual framework and sustainability indicators. In: McIntyre, Beverly D.; Herren, Hans; Wakhungu, Judi; Watson, Robert T. (eds.) Agriculture at a Crossroads: Global Report. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (pp. 1-56). Washington: Island Press

Book

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Ott, Cordula; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (eds.) (2015). Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme: Highlights from 15 years of joint action for sustainable development. Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

Ott, Cordula (2002). Tackling gender issues in sustainable land management [Textbook] . Berne: Centre for Development and Environment

Report

Hoeggel, Udo; Ott, Cordula; Crettaz, Mary Laure; Stantchev, Dimka; Schuler, Karl (2012). Land governance: A positioning of terms Bern: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Stantchev, Dimka; Kakridi Enz, Fani; Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula; Rist, Stephan; Kiteme, Boniface P.; V., Padmakumar (2008). Shaping Institutions for Natural Resource Management (InfoResources Focus 3/08). Zollikofen, Switzerland: InfoResources

Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Kakridi Enz, Fani (2005). Global conventions and environmental governance (InfoResources Focus 3/05). Zollikofen, Schweiz: InfoResources

Conference or Workshop Item

Ott, Cordula (2015). Reflections on the democratization of knowledge generation in research partnerships for sustainable development. In: Suominen, Arho; Toivanen, Hannes; Nieminen, Mika (eds.) The Book of Abstracts for The 2015 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum: Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practices and organizations (pp. 292-295). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Ott, Cordula (2015). Reflections on the Democratization of Knowledge Generation in Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance 2015 Canberra Conference. Canberra, Australia. 14.-16.12.2015.

Ott, Cordula (2014). Ethics in science: enhancing the democratisation of knowledge production in transdisciplinary research partnerships for sustainable development (Unpublished). In: The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation. Salzburg, Austria. 28.-29.08.2014.

Ott, Cordula (2014). Knowledge as a resource: enhancing the democratisation of knowledge production in transdisciplinary research partnerships for sustainable development (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance 2014 Norwich Conference. Norwich, UK. 01.-03.07.2014.

Ott, Cordula (2013). Knowledge and integration for sustainable development: Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (Unpublished). In: Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day. Bern, Schweiz. 21.10.2013.

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2009). The efficiency of simplicity. A comprehensive evolutionary perception of the earth can help to improve the management of subsystems: Transforming institutions to managing a carbon constrained world. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 6(22), p. 222002. Copenhagen, Denmark: IOP Publishing 10.1088/1755-1307/6/22/222002

Working Paper

Kohler, Thomas; Bachmann, Felicitas; Ott, Cordula (2006). Status and Future of Mountain Research: Results of two Surveys by the Research Initative of the Mountain Partnership Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Ott, Cordula; Haupt, Frank (2005). Developing a Framework for Stakehoder Consultation in the Umbeluzi River Basin: Project Report (Unpublished) (URBI stakeholder consultation). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Thesis

Ott, Cordula (2016). Transformative Forschung gestalten – Beiträge aus Theorie und Praxis transdisziplinärer Forschungspartnerschaften (Unpublished). (Dissertation, Universität Bern, Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät)

  • European Sustainability Science Group
  • Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst LED: Board Member
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences SCNAT
  • United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), expert marketplace