Dr. Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Senior Research Scientist | Associate Editor, MRD

Sustainability Governance Impact Area

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Postal Address
Dr. Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Social-ecological systems resilience and adaptation to global change
  • Local environmental knowledge, ethnoecology and biocultural diversity
  • Sustainable development in mountain regions (Associate Editor of Mountain Research and Development)
  • Community-based conservation, restoration and natural resource management
  • Social learning, multi-stakeholder, and gender approaches


Further professional interests

  • Inter- and transdisciplinary research for sustainable development and natural resource management
  • Management and coordination of research partnership programmes with developing countries
  • Teaching and capacity development (at university, technical, and community levels)

Field experience

  • Latin America (particular expertise in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil; 13 years based in the field
  • Eastern and Southern Africa (particular expertise in Madagascar and Mozambique; 1 year based in the field
  • Western Mediterranean (6 years living in Portugal)


French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, German (basic knowledge)


Jump to: 2018 | 2016


Mathez, Sarah-Lan; Huamán, Martin (2018). "Qora Hampiyku”: Nuestras plantas medicinales en las comunidades de Pitumarca, Cusco, Perú. Bern, Suiza: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, en colaboración con Bern Open Publishing (BOP) 10.7892/boris.117166


Hurni, Hans; Molden, David; Zimmermann, Anne B.; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Price, Martin F.; Thibault, Marlène; Mosher, Debby; Ingraham, Kathleen (eds.) (2016). Mountain Research and Development, 36(1-4). International Mountain Society

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