Matthias Fries

Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

+41 31 631 88 37
Matthias Fries
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Information systems management and IT Consulting
  • Development of web-based geographic information system (GIS) applications
  • Geoprocessing and process automation (ArcGIS, R-statistics, GDAL, etc.)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis
  • GIS application development and teaching (Python)
  • Capacity development in geographic information systems  and information systems management
  • Database management systems and metadata


Further professional interests

  • Spatial vizualizations
  • Open source GIS
  • Information security and risk management

Field experience

Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Lao PDR, Myanmar


German, English, French, Spanish (basic)

Jump to: 2015 | 2014


Krauer, Jürg; Singo, Patience; Tudev, Enkhtsetseg; Hodel, Elias; Fries, Matthias; Gämperli, Ursula (2015). Artisanal and small scale mining in Mongolia: Statistical overview based on survey data by suom 2012 [Map]. In: National Thematic Map Series. Ulaanbaataar, Mongolia: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Bern Open Publishing (BOP); Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Krauer, Jürg; Fries, Matthias; Gämperli, Ursula; Hodel, Elias; Kassawmar, Tibebu; Zeleke, Gete; Aragie, Yohannes (2014). EthioGIS-2 data catalog: National geospatial database system Ethiopia Addis Abeba, Ethiopia: Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC)

  • QGIS usergroup Switzerland
  • ESRI user forum Switzerland
  • Geographische Gesellschaft Bern