Dr. Patrick Bottazzi

Associated Senior Research Scientist

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Dr. Patrick Bottazzi
Geographisches Institut (GIUB)
Universität Bern
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Rural sociology
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) 
  • Multi-level governance of renewable natural resources
  • Protected areas
  • Indigenous people
  • Institutional change 
  • Common pool resources
  • Methodology in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research


  • Governance of Forest Multiples Outcomes in the Bolivian Lowlands (GOFORBO)

Further professional interests

  • Payment for environmental services assessment; remote sensing

Field experience

Bolivia, Senegal, Peru


French, English, Spanish, Italian, German, Wolof (Senegal)


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Bottazzi, Patrick; Goguen, Adam; Rist, Stephan (2016). Conflicts of customary land tenure in rural Africa: Is large-scale land acquisition a driver of "institutional innovation"? The Journal of Peasant Studies, 43(5), pp. 1-18. Routledge 10.1080/03066150.2015.1119119


Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Bottazzi, Patrick; Pillco, Maria; Calizaya, Patricia; Rist, Stephan (2015). Agroecosystem resilience and farmers’ perceptions of climate change impacts on cocoa farms in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Renewable agriculture and food systems, 30(2), pp. 170-183. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S174217051300029X

Boillat, Sébastien; Dao, Hy; Bottazzi, Patrick; Sandoval, Yuri; Luna, Abraham; Thongmanivong, Sithong; Lerch, Louca; Bastide, Joan; Heinimann, Andreas; Giraut, Frédéric (2015). Integrating Forest Cover Change with Census Data: Drivers and Contexts from Bolivia and the Lao PDR. Land, 4(1), pp. 45-82. MDPI AG 10.3390/land4010045

Jacobi, Johanna; Schneider, Monika; Pillco Mariscal, Maria; Huber, Stephanie; Weidmann, Simon; Bottazzi, Patrick; Rist, Stephan (2015). Farm resilience in organic and nonorganic cocoa farming systems in Alto Beni, Bolivia. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 39(7), pp. 798-823. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/21683565.2015.1039158


Reyes-García, Victoria; Paneque-Gálvez, Jaime; Bottazzi, Patrick; Luz, Ana C.; Gueze, Maximilien; Macía, Manuel J.; Orta-Martínez, Martí; Pacheco, Pablo (2014). Indigenous land reconfiguration and fragmented institutions: a historical political ecology of Tsimane’ lands (Bolivian Amazon). Journal of Rural Studies, 34, pp. 282-291. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2014.02.007

Bottazzi, Patrick; Crespo, David; Soria, Harry; Dao, Hy; Serrudo, Marcelo; Benavides, Jean Paul; Schwarzer, Stefan; Rist, Stephan (2014). Carbon sequestration in community forests: trade-offs, multiple outcomes and institutional diversity in the Bolivian Amazon. Development and Change, 45(1), pp. 105-131. Wiley 10.1111/dech.12076

Bottazzi, Patrick; Reyes-García, Victoria; Crespo, David; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Galvarro, Harry Soria; Jacobi, Johanna; Clavijo, Marcelo; Rist, Stephan (2014). Productive Diversification and Sustainable Use of Complex Social-Ecological Systems: A Comparative Study of Indigenous and Settler Communities in the Bolivian Amazon. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 38(2), pp. 137-164. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/21683565.2013.841606

Rist, Stephan; Darr, Barbara; Bottazzi, Patrick (2014). At the Interface of Culture, Development, and Forests: Insights from Bolivia and Kenya. In: Pretzsch, Jürgen; Darr, Dietrich; Uibrig, Holm; Auch, Eckhard (eds.) Forests and Rural Development. Tropical Forestry: Vol. 9 (pp. 167-204). Berlin: Springer 10.1007/978-3-642-41404-6_7


Bottazzi, Patrick; Dao, Hy (2013). On the road through the Bolivian Amazon: a multi-level land governance analysis of deforestation. Land use policy, 30(1), pp. 137-146. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.03.010

Balsiger, Urs; Bottazzi, Patrick; Breu, Thomas Michael; Bürgi, Elisabeth; Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Giger, Markus; Kiteme, Boniface; Kohler, Thomas; Lardelli, Corina; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Schneider, Flurina (2013). Spotlight on governance of land and natural resources: CDE annual report 2012 (CDE Annual Report, 2012). Bern: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)


Bottazzi, Patrick (2012). Governance of biocultural diversity: Theoretical aspects, framework, and empirical perspectives. In: International Conference on Research for Development, 20.-22.8.2012, Bern, Switzerland.


Geiser, Urs; Bottazzi, Patrick; Epprecht, Michael; Fokou, Gilbert; Fritschi, Astrid; Ramakumar, R.; Shahbaz, Babar; Steinmann, Bernd; Strasser, Balz (2011). Access to livelihood assets: Inclusion, exclusion, and the reality of development interventions. In: Wiesmann, Urs; Hurni, Hans; ed, al (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. 313-330). Bern: Geographica Bernensia


Boillat, Sébastien; Alca, Castillo Jamil; Álvarez, Alex; Bottazzi, Patrick; Ponce Camacho, Dora; Serrano, Elvira; Biffi, Valeria; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Larsen, Peter Bille; Rist, Stephan (2010). Protected Areas and Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia and Peru: Dilemmas, Conflicts, and Ways Out. 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. 501-515). Bern, Schweiz: Geographica Bernensia

  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)
  • Centre for Environment and Development (CDE)
  • University of Michigan (UMICH)
  • United Nation Environmental Program (UNEP/GRID)