Dr. Brigitte Portner

Senior Research Scientist

Socio-Economic Transitions Cluster

Phone
+41 31 631 88 70
E-Mail
brigitte.portner@cde.unibe.ch
Office
423
Postal Address
Dr. Brigitte Portner
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Environmental geography;
  • Political ecology;
  • Governance of natural resources and global change

​Field experience

Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mali
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2015

Hurni, Hans; Giger, Markus; Liniger, Hanspeter; Mekdaschi Studer, Rima; Messerli, Peter; Portner, Brigitte; Schwilch, Gudrun; Wolfgramm, Bettina; Breu, Thomas Michael (2015). Soils, agriculture and food security: The interplay between ecosystem functioning and human well-being. Current opinion in environmental sustainability, 15, pp. 25-34. Elsevier 10.1016/j.cosust.2015.07.009

2014

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Bach, Simon; Lyimo, Reginald; Portner, Brigitte (2014). Beyond biofuels: jatropha’s multiple uses for farmers in East Africa (CDE Policy Brief 1). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Nyssen, Jan; Frankl, Amaury; Haile, Mitiku; Hurni, Hans; Descheemaeker, Katrien; Crummey, Donald; Ritler, Alfons; Portner, Brigitte; Nievergelt, Bernhard; Moeyersons, Jan; Munro, Neil; Deckers, Jozef; Billi, Paolo; Poesen, Jean (2014). Environmental conditions and human drivers for changes to north Ethiopian mountain landscapes over 145 years. Science of the total environment, 485-486, pp. 164-179. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.03.052

Portner, Brigitte; Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Nezir, Zufan; Breu, Thomas Michael; Hurni, Hans (2014). Biofuels for a Greener Economy? Insights from Jatropha Production in Northeastern Ethiopia. Sustainability, 6(9), pp. 6188-6202. MDPI 10.3390/su6096188

2013

Portner, Brigitte (2013). Frames in the Ethiopian Debate on Biofuels. Africa Spectrum, 48(3), pp. 33-53. GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

2012

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Grimm, Olivia; Portner, Brigitte; Kiteme, Boniface (2012). National and local perspectives on the impacts of biofuels on food security in Kenya. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation (p. 26). Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Portner, Brigitte; Zah, Rainer (2012). Pathways to sustainable bioenergy. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation (p. 25). Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Portner, Brigitte (2012). Biofuel production: Linking global discourses to national policies and local realities. In: International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD). Research for Global Transformation (p. 274). Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Kiteme, Boniface; Portner, Brigitte; Grimm, Olivia (2012). Impact of jatropha curcas (JC) on local food security in Kenya. In: IFSA Symposium. Aarhus, Denmark. 04.07.2012.

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Portner, Brigitte; Kiteme, Boniface (2012). Potentials and limitations of jatropha curcas for rural energy supply in East Africa: A case study based comparative assessment in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. In: Tech4Def Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland. 29.-31.05.2012.

Portner, Brigitte (2012). Mut zur Gerechtigkeit in einer endlichen Welt. UniPress - Forschung und Wissenschaft an der Universität Bern(153), p. 38. Bern: Abteilung Kommunikation, Universität Bern

2011

Breu, Thomas; Hurni, Hans; Portner, Brigitte; Schwilch, Gudrun; Wolfgramm, Bettina; Messerli, Peter; Herweg, Karl (2011). Sustainable land management and global development: Factors affecting land users' efforts to adopt and sustain the productive use of natural resources. In: Wiesmann, Urs; 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. 427-449). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

2010

Gmünder, Simon; Portner, Brigitte (2010). Biofuels and developing countries. In: Zah, Rainer; Binder, Claudia; Bringezu, Stefan; Reinhard, Jürgen; Schmid, Alfons; Schütz, Helmut (eds.) Future Perspectives of 2nd Generation Biofuels. TA-SWISS / Zentrum für Technologiefolgen-Abschätzung: Vol. 55 (pp. 194-202). Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag

Hurni, Hans; Abate, Solomon; Bantider, Amare; Debele, Berhanu; Ludi, Eva; Portner, Brigitte; Yitaferu, Birru; Zeleke, Gete (2010). Land degradation and sustainable land management in the Highlands of Ethiopia. In: Hurni, Hans; Wiesmann, Urs (eds.) Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives / NCCR North-South: Vol. 5 (pp. 187-207). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

2009

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

Portner, Brigitte; Salmi, Annika; Kläy, Andreas; Kakridi Enz, Fani; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Ehrensperger, Albrecht (2009). Bioenergy for the poor: Two sides of a coin (InfoResources Focus 3/09). Zollikofen, Switzerland: InfoResources

2008

Hurni, Hans; Herweg, Karl; Portner, Brigitte; Liniger, Hanspeter (2008). Soil Erosion and Conservation in Global Agriculture. In: Braimoh, Ademola K.; Vlek, Paul L.G. (eds.) Land Use and Soil Resources (pp. 41-71). Heidelberg: Springer Verlag

Giger, Markus; Hurni, Hans; Portner, Brigitte; Scheidegger, Urs (2008). Globale Landwirtschaft vor alten und neuen Herausforderungen. GAIA - ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / ecological perspectives for science and society, 17(3), pp. 280-286. München: Oekom Verlag

Hurni, Hans; Portner, Brigitte; Giger, Markus (2008). Main Findings of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) (Unpublished). In: Hearing des beratenden Kommittees CNS-FAO des Bundesamtes für Landwirtschaft. Bern, Schweiz. 03.6.-05.06.2008.

2007

Hurni, Hans; Bantider, Amare; Herweg, Karl; Portner, Brigitte; Veit, Heinz (2007). Landscape Transformation and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia: Background information for a study tour through Ethiopia, 4-20 September 2006 Bern, Switzerland: Geographisches Institut, Universität Bern

2004

Hurni, Hans; Breu, Thomas Michael; Ludi, Eva; Portner, Brigitte (2004). Der Tadschikische Pamir: Entwicklungsprobleme und Perspektiven einer Hochgebirgsregion in Zentralasien. Geographische Rundschau, 56(10), pp. 60-65. Westermann

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