Prof. Dr. Thomas Hammer

Senior Research Scientist | Studienleiter Studienprogramme Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Education for Sustainable Development Cluster

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

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Sustainable regional and landscape development (SRLD)
  • Protected areas and regional development
  • Rural development
  • Education for sustainable development


  • Bachelor Minor Nachhaltige Entwicklung
  • Master Minor Nachhaltige Entwicklung
  • Die kulturelle Dimension Nachhaltiger Regional- und Landschaftsentwicklung (The cultural dimension of sustainable regional and landscape development; part of COST Action IS1007: Investigating Cultural Sustainability)
  • Die Bedeutung suffizienter Lebensstile für ein gutes Leben (The relevance of sufficient lifestyles for a good life)

Further professional interests

  • Concepts of sustainable development
  • Regional / global change and sustainable development
  • Desertification and rural development
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Development geography

Field experience

Alpine regions, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal


German, French, English


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  • Member of programme management, Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development / Zertifikatskurs Nachhaltige Entwicklung (CAS NE), University of Bern
  • Member of the board, Association Suisse de Géographie (ASG)
  • Member, Canton Bern Conservation Commission / Fachkommission Naturschutz, advisory commission of the Department of Economic Affairs of Canton Bern
  • Member, international Network of New Regional Development and Large Protected Areas / Arbeitskreis Neue Regionalentwicklung und Grossschutzgebiete (NeReGro)
  • Member, German Geographical Society / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG)