Dr. Julie Zähringer

Senior Research Scientist

Land Resources Cluster

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Postal Address
Dr. Julie Zähringer
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Ecosystem services and human wellbeing
  • Land use change assessment with remote sensing and social science data
  • Conservation and development trade-offs in tropical forest landscapes
  • Environmental and livelihood impacts of large-scale land acquisitions


Further professional interests

  • Land governance
  • Agricultural transitions
  • Monitoring and assessment of land management

Field experience

Madagascar, Senegal, Haiti, Tajikistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Honduras, Ghana, Mozambique, Laos


German, English, French, Spanish, Haitian Creole, some Wolof and Malagasy


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Giger, Markus; Anseeuw, Ward; Fouilleux, Eve; Mercandalli, Sara; Burnod, Perrine; Eckert, Sandra; Kiteme, Boniface; Oberlack, Christoph; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Adelle, Camilla; Messerli, Peter (September 2017). How national and local contexts shape the impacts of foreign investment in land: a comparative analysis from three African countries (Unpublished). In: International Conference on Research for Development, (ICRD Conference). Bern, Switzerland. 5–8 September 2017.

Eckert, Sandra; Kiteme, Boniface; Njuguna, Evanson; Zähringer, Julie (2017). Agricultural expansion and intensification in the foothills of Mount Kenya: A landscape perspective. Remote sensing, 9(8), p. 784. Molecular Diversity Preservation International MDPI 10.3390/rs9080784

Zähringer, Julie G.; Schwilch, Gudrun; Andriamihaja, O. Ravaka; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2017). Remote sensing combined with social-ecological data: The importance of diverse land uses for ecosystem service provision in north-eastern Madagascar. Ecosystem services, 25, pp. 140-152. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.04.004

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Llopis Sendino, Jorge Claudio; Latthachack, Phokham; Heinimann, Andreas (2017). Land-use change in forest-frontier contexts under telecoupling: addressing methodological mapping challenges in Laos, Myanmar, and Madagascar (Unpublished). In: Resilience Conference. Stockholm, Sweden. 20-23 August 2017.

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Llopis Sendino, Jorge Claudio; Messerli, Peter (2017). The persistence of shifting cultivation as the main deforestation driver in north-eastern Madagascar – the complex underpinnings of a local exception to a global trend (Unpublished). In: International Conference on Research for Development, (ICRD Conference). Bern, Switzerland. 5-8 September 2017.


Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2016). Beyond deforestation monitoring in conservation hotspots: Analysing landscape mosaic dynamics in north-eastern Madagascar. Applied geography, 68, pp. 9-19. Elsevier 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.12.009

Bull, J.W.; Jobstvogt, N.; Böhnke-Henrichs, A.; Mascarenhas, A.; Sitas, N.; Baulcomb, C.; Lambini, C.K.; Rawlings, M.; Baral, H.; Zähringer, Julie; Carter-Silk, E.; Balzan, M.V.; Kenter, J.O.; Häyhä, T.; Petz, K.; Koss, P. (2016). Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats: A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework. Ecosystem services, 17, pp. 99-111. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.11.012

Zähringer, Julie (2016). Landscape dynamics and ecosystem service benefits in the biodiversity hotspot of north-eastern Madagascar. Generating knowledge for navigating conservation-development trade-offs (Unpublished). (Dissertation, University of Bern, Switzerland, Faculty of Science)

Breu, Thomas Michael; Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Epprecht, Michael; Giger, Markus; Jaquet, Stéphanie; Kohler, Thomas; Lardelli, Corina; Messerli, Peter; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin (2016). Spotlight on Dealing With Trade-Offs in Sustainable Development. CDE Annual Report 2015 (CDE Annual Report 2015). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)


Zähringer, Julie; Eckert, Sandra; Messerli, Peter (2015). Revealing regional deforestation dynamics in north-eastern Madagascar - Insights from multi-temporal land cover change analysis. Land, 4(2), pp. 454-474. MDPI AG 10.3390/land4020454

Amin, Ariane; Zähringer, Julie; Schwilch, Gudrun; Koné, Inza (2015). People, protected areas and ecosystem services: a qualitative and quantitative analysis of local people's perception and preferences in Côte d'Ivoire. Natural Resources Forum, 39(2), pp. 97-109. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/1477-8947.12069

Urech, Zora Lea; Zähringer, Julie; Rickenbach, Olivia; Sorg, Jean-Pierre; Felber, Hans Rudolf (2015). Understanding deforestation and forest fragmentation from a livelihood perspective. Madagascar Conservation & Development, 10(2), pp. 67-76. Institute and Museum of Anthropology, University of Zurich 10.4314/mcd.v10i2.5

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Eckert, Sandra; Hett, Cornelia; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2015). A novel approach for assessing shifting cultivation dynamics in a regional conservation hotspot - insights from nort-eastern Madagascar. In: 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Abstract Book. 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology (p. 768). Montpellier, France: Society for Conservation Biology

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Messerli, Peter (2015). Landscape mosaics to map shifting cultivation dynamics in a global biodiversity hotspot - insights from north-eastern Madagascar. In: Kettle, Chris J.; Magrach, Ainhoa (eds.) Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology. Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems - Future challenges and opportunities. Zurich, Switzerland. 07.-10.04.2015.

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2015). Linking livelihood strategies with a regional level landscape mosaic to explore trade-offs between forest conservation and human wellbeing in a Madagascar biodiversity hotspot (Unpublished). In: First Annual FLARE Network Conference. Paris, France. 27.-30.11.2015.


Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Eckert, Sandra; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2014). Shifting cultivation dynamics within an ecosystem service hotspot of pronounced global interest – a first step towards negotiating trade-offs in North-East Madagascar. Proceedings of the Global Land Project 2nd Open Science Meeting, Berlin, March 19-21, 2014, pp. 196-197.

Mekdaschi, Rima; Zähringer, Julie; Gurtner, Mathias (2014). Diagnostic and evaluation of the agricultural potentials and examples of good soil and water conservation and soil defence and restoration practices adapted to the MENA desert zones: Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Desert ecosystems and livelihoods knowledge sharing and coordination project (DELP) for the benefit of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia Bern, Switzerland: World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)


Liniger, Hanspeter; Wolfgramm, Bettina; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Lehrman, Zvi; Stevenson, Shane (April 2013). Adapting to climate change through sustainable land management: experiences of a pilot project in Tajikistan. In: 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference. Bonn, Deutschland. 09.-12.04.2013.

Hett, Cornelia; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Messerli, Peter; Eckert, Sandra; Huafang, Chen; Schmidt-Vogt, Dietrich (2013). Landscape mosaics maps as a basis for spatial assessment and negotiation of ecosystem services and their trade-offs at the meso-scale: Examples from Laos, Madagascar and China. In: 6th Annual International ESP Conference 2013. Making ecosystem services count!. Indonesien. 26.-30.08.2013.

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Eckert, Sandra; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2013). Ecosystem service trade-offs and stakeholder claims - a meso-scale study from a Madagascar biodiversity hotspot. In: 6th Annual international ESP conference 2013. Making ecosystem services count!. Indonesien. 26.-30.08.2013.

Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Hett, Cornelia; Eckert, Sandra; Ramamonjisoa, Bruno; Messerli, Peter (2013). Paysages, acteurs et services environnementaux au nord-est de Madagascar – une analyse éco-régionale (Unpublished). In: La biodiversité et les populations dans le contexte du changement climatique. Antananarivo, Madagaskar. 10.-11.12.2013.


Wolfgramm, Bettina; Stevenson, Shane; Lerman, Zvi; Zähringer, Julie; Liniger, Hanspeter (2011). Final Report for Tajikistan Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience, Component A5: Phase 1 On Agriculture & Sustainable Land Management

Zähringer, Julie; Liniger, Hanspeter; Wolfgramm, Bettina (2011). Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Resilience to Climate Change in Tajikistan. In: Tropentag, 5.-7.10.2011, Bonn Germany. Witzenhausen: DITSL