Dr. Christoph Oberlack

Senior Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

+41 31 631 30 61
Dr. Christoph Oberlack
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Hallerstrasse 10
CH-3012 Bern
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Oberlack, Christoph; Eisenack, Klaus (2017). Archetypical barriers to adapting water governance in river basins to climate change. Journal of institutional economics, pp. 1-29. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1744137417000509

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local contexts shape the impacts of foreign investment in land: a comparative analysis from three African countries (Unpublished).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.

Oberlack, Christoph; Tejada, Laura; Rist, Stephan; Messerli, Peter; Giger, Markus (22 March 2017). Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials (Unpublished). In: Land and Poverty Conference 2017: Responsible Land Governance—Towards an Evidence-Based Approach. Washington DC. 22. März 2017.

Oberlack, Christoph; Boillat, Sébastien; Brönnimann, Stefan; Gerber, Jean-David; Giger, Markus; Heinimann, Andreas; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Mann, Stefan; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Wiesmann, Urs (2017). Polycentric governance in telecoupled resource systems: Is the tragedy of the grabbed commons unavoidable? (Unpublished). In: XVI. Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Utrecht, Netherlands. 10-14 July 2017.


Oberlack, Christoph; Tejada, Laura; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Giger, Markus (2016). Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials. Global environmental change, 41, pp. 153-171. Elsevier 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.10.001

Oberlack, Christoph (2016). Diagnosing institutional barriers and opportunities for adaptation to climate change. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 22(5), pp. 805-838. Springer 10.1007/s11027-015-9699-z

Delaney, Aogán; Evans, Tom; McGreevy, John; Blekking, Jordan; Schlachter, Tyler; Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa; Tamás, Peter A.; Crane, Todd A.; Eakin, Hallie; Förch, Wiebke; Jones, Lindsey; Nelson, Donald R.; Oberlack, Christoph; Purdon, Mark (2016). Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods (CCAFS Working Paper 167). Frederiksberg, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)


Eisenack, Klaus; Moser, Susanne C.; Hoffmann, Esther; Klein, Richard J.T.; Oberlack, Christoph; Pechan, Anna; Rotter, Maja; Termeer, Catrien J.A.M. (2015). Reply to: Opening up the black box of adaptation decision-making. Nature climate change, 5(6), pp. 494-495. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nclimate2619

Oberlack, Christoph; LaHaela Walter, Philipp; Schmerbeck, Joachim; Tiwari, BK (2015). Institutions for sustainable governance of forests: Equity, robustness and cross-level interactions in Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, India. International journal of the commons, 9(2), pp. 670-697. Igitur

Oberlack C. (2015). Institutional economics of climate adaptation. Elaborating diagnostic methods for adaptation barriers and opportunities. PhD Thesis, University of Freiburg.


Eisenack K, Moser SC, Hoffmann E, Klein RJT, Oberlack C, Pechan A, Rotter M, Termeer CJAM (2014). Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation. Nature Climate Change 4, 867-872.

Oberlack C, Eisenack K. (2014). Alleviating barriers to urban climate change adaptation through international cooperation. Global Environmental Change 24, 349-362.

Oberlack C. (2014). Diagnostic patterns of livelihood impacts of large-scale land acquisitions. Paper presented at the 8th General ECPR Conference, Glasgow, 4-6 September 2014; also presented at the 5th Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 18-21 June 2014.

Oberlack C, Eisenack K. (2014). Diagnostic patterns of barriers to climate adaptation in water resource systems. Paper presented at the 5th Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 18-21 June 2014.


Oberlack C, Neumärker B. (2013). A diagnostic approach to the institutional analysis of climate adaptation. Constitutional Economics Network Paper 01-2013. Freiburg, Germany: Univ. Freiburg.


Oberlack C, Neumärker B. (2011). Economics, institutions and adaptation to climate change. Constitutional Economics Network Paper 04-2011. Freiburg, Germany: Univ. Freiburg.