Prof. Dr. Thomas Breu

Director, CDE | Executive Director, IGS North-South

+41 31 631 30 58
Postal Address
Prof. Dr. Thomas Breu
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Natural resource management and its effects on sustainable regional development
  • Governance of socioecological systems in Southeast Asia, East Africa, Horn of Africa, and Central Asia
  • Spatial analysis and modelling approaches for the analysis of global change processes at different scales

Further professional interests

  • Conceptualization of science–policy interfaces for evidence-informed decision-making
  • Management of research partnerships programmes for sustainable development
  • Development of education and training programmes from bachelor to PhD levels for sustainable development

Field experience

15 years of field experience namely in Southeast Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand), Central Asia (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) and Africa (Ethiopia, and Kenya). Work experience in other CDE core regions including Switzerland, South America, and South Asia.


German, English, French; basic grasp of Lao and Russian


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  • Member (ad personam) of the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Institutional partner representative in the Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • Liaison person of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
  • Official contact person of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for the Swiss-Ethiopian bilateral research treaty
  • Volkswagen Foundation - Central Asia & Caucasus funding initiative
  • Member of the Commission on Sustainable Development of the University of Bern
  • Member of the Committee for the Bernese Prize for Environmental Research
  • Member of Geographical Society of Bern
  • Member of different Scientific Steering Committees