Dr. Cordula Ott

Senior Research Scientist

Sustainability Governance Cluster

Phone
+41 31 631 52 71
E-Mail
cordula.ott@cde.unibe.ch
Office
259
Postal Address
Dr. Cordula Ott
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Global Governance and Sustainability Transformation
  • Policy coherence for Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability science, inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Global and Climate Change: local resilience, coping strategies and adaptation
  • Equity: social inclusion, multi-stakeholder processes, gender and ethnicity
  • Bio-cultural diversity and ecosystem approaches
  • Mountain ecosystems and livelihoods
  • Impact monitoring and evaluation

​Projects

  • Agenda 2030/ SDG Interlinkages/ Sustainability Transformation (since 2016)
  • PhD of Science in Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland: Transformative Forschung gestalten – Beiträge aus Theorie und Praxis transdisziplinärer Forschungspartnerschaften (2016)
  • Lead ‚Forum Entwicklung und Umwelt‘ (GIUB/CDE) (2017-2019)          
  • Member CDE Cluster ‘Sustainability Governance’ (since 2011)
  • UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: Assistant to Swiss Focal Point (SDC) (since 2018)
  • Capitalising on global and regional CDE programs: NCCR North-South ‘Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change’/ ESAPP Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (2010-2015)
  • Research assistant, Prof. Dr. Urs Wiesmann: CDE/GIUB (2001-2014)
  • Sustainable Development in Mountains (2005-2014)
  • NCCR North-South ‘Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change’: Programme staff ‘Transversal Package’ (2005-2013)
  • CDE senior research scientist and consultant for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC (‘Environmental mandates’, Global SD frameworks and reports) (since 1992)

Further professional interests

  • Interface between natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities
  • Anthropology and power
  • Ecology and transhumance/Pastoralism
  • Protected areas

Field experience

Nepal, Ethiopia, Pamir, Mozambique, Swaziland, Kenya, Zimbabwe

Languages

German, English

 

Journal Article

Oberlack, Christoph; Breu, Thomas Michael; Giger, Markus; Harari, Nicole; Herweg, Karl Günter; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Messerli, Peter; Moser, Stephanie; Ott, Cordula; Providoli, Isabelle; Tribaldos, Theresa Margarete; Zimmermann, Anne; Schneider, Flurina (2019). Theories of change in sustainability science: Understanding how change happens. GAIA - Ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / ecological perspectives for science and society, 28(2), pp. 106-111. Oekom Verlag 10.14512/gaia.28.2.8

Ribeiro, Barbara; Bengtsson, Lars; Benneworth, Paul; Bührer, Susanne; Castro-Martínez, Elena; Hansen, Meiken; Jarmai, Katharina; Lindner, Ralf; Olmos-Peñuela, Julia; Ott, Cordula; Shapira, Philip (2018). Introducing the dilemma of societal alignment for inclusive and responsible research and innovation. Journal of responsible innovation, 5(3), pp. 316-331. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/23299460.2018.1495033

Ott, Cordula (2017). Enabling Transformative Research: Lessons from the Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (1999–2015). Challenges in Sustainability, 5(1), pp. 15-23. Librello 10.12924/cis2017.05010015

Ott, Cordula; Kiteme, Boniface (2016). Concepts and practices for the democratisation of knowledge generation in research partnerships for sustainable development. Evidence and Policy, 12(3), pp. 405-430. Policy Press 10.1332/174426416X14700793045951

Kohler, Thomas; Giger, Markus; Hurni, Hans; Ott, Cordula; Wiesmann, Urs; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Maselli, Daniel (2010). Mountains and Climate Change: A Global Concern. Mountain Research and Development, 30(1), pp. 53-55. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-09-00086.1

Ott, Cordula (2008). The Shan: Culture, Art and Crafts by Susan Conway. Mountain Research and Development, 28(1), pp. 95-96. International Mountain Society 10.1659/mrd.mm029

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2009). Innovation für eine bessere Zukunft: Die Nicht-Nachhaltigkeit der Schweiz erfordert ein Umdenken. Umwelt Perspektiven, 2009(3), p. 3. Galledia

Ott, Cordula (2007). Die Erhaltung der Feuchtgebiete - eine Massnahme zur Armutsbekämpfung. Hotspot, 15(07), pp. 20-23.

Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas (2007). Du faiseur de temps au créateur d'écosystème: Biodiversité et changement climatique dans l'optique de la coopération au développement. Hotspot(16), pp. 22-25. Forum Biodiversität Schweiz

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas; Stillhardt, Brigitta (2006). Will International Pursuit of the Millenium Development Goals Alleviate Poverty in Mountains? Mountain Research and Development, 26(1), pp. 4-8. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/0276-4741(2006)026[0004:WIPOTM]2.0.CO;2

Book Section

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2015). Erkenntnissysteme, Humanökologie und Ethik: C. West Churchmans Impuls zu Nachhaltiger Entwicklung am Beispiel der Klimaverhandlungen. In: Simon, Karl-Heinz; Tretter, Felix (eds.) Systemtheorien und Humanökologie: Positionsbestimmungen in Theorie und Praxis (pp. 181-214). München, Deutschland: oekom

Bieri, Sabin; Ott, Cordula; Freytes Frey, Ada; Cross, Cecilia; Partenio, Florencia; Fernández Álvarez, María Inés (2011). A tool for thought and transformation: Gender-considerate global change research in practice. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (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. 185-205). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Ott, Cordula; Bieri, Sabin (2011). From rhetoric to concept: Incremental steps for mainstreaming gender in the NCCR North-South. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (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. 289-311). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Wiesmann, Urs; Hurni, Hans; Ott, Cordula; Zingerli, Claudia (2011). Combining the concepts of transdisciplinarity and partnership in research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (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. 43-70). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Wiesmann, Urs; Ott, Cordula; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Kiteme, Boniface; Müller-Böker, Ulrike; Messerli, Peter; Zinsstag, Jakob (2011). A human actor model as a conceptual orientation in interdisciplinary research for sustainable development. In: Wiesmann, Urs Martin; Hurni, Hans (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. 231-256). Bern: Geographica Bernensia

Hurni, Hans; Osman-Elasha, Balgis; Giger, Markus; Klaey, Andreas; Ott, Cordula; Hoeggel, Udo; Rist, Stephan; Portner, Brigitte (2009). Context, conceptual framework and sustainability indicators. In: McIntyre, Beverly D.; Herren, Hans; Wakhungu, Judi; Watson, Robert T. (eds.) Agriculture at a Crossroads: Global Report. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (pp. 1-56). Washington: Island Press

Book

Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Ott, Cordula; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (eds.) (2015). Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme: Highlights from 15 years of joint action for sustainable development. Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE); Bern Open Publishing (BOP)

Ott, Cordula (2002). Tackling gender issues in sustainable land management [Textbook] . Berne: Centre for Development and Environment

Report

Bergöö, Michael; Ebneter, Laura Isabella; Bader, Christoph; Ott, Cordula; Breu, Thomas Michael (2019). Dépasser les silos : structurer une politique cohérente. L’importance des interactions mutuelles entre les ODD pour une politique de durabilité prévoyante de la Suisse (Policy Brief). Zürich, Schweiz: Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland; SDSN Switzerland

Hoeggel, Udo; Ott, Cordula; Crettaz, Mary Laure; Stantchev, Dimka; Schuler, Karl (2012). Land governance: A positioning of terms Bern: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Stantchev, Dimka; Kakridi Enz, Fani; Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula; Rist, Stephan; Kiteme, Boniface P.; V., Padmakumar (2008). Shaping Institutions for Natural Resource Management (InfoResources Focus 3/08). Zollikofen, Switzerland: InfoResources

Ott, Cordula; Kläy, Andreas; Wymann von Dach, Susanne; Kakridi Enz, Fani (2005). Global conventions and environmental governance (InfoResources Focus 3/05). Zollikofen, Schweiz: InfoResources

Conference or Workshop Item

Ott, Cordula (2019). Reflection on responsible innovation in Earth System Governance (Unpublished). In: Conference on Earth System Governance 'Urgent Transformations and Earth System Governance: Towards Sustainability and Justice. Oaxaca, Mexico. 8-10 November.

Ott, Cordula (2017). Innovation meets sustainable development: A framework for engaged, responsible, and inclusive research (Unpublished). In: The Future of STI – The Future of STI Policy: New practices and models of research and innovation as a challenge for STI policy. AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria. 7-9- June, 2017.

Ott, Cordula (2015). Reflections on the democratization of knowledge generation in research partnerships for sustainable development. In: Suominen, Arho; Toivanen, Hannes; Nieminen, Mika (eds.) The Book of Abstracts for The 2015 Annual Conference of the EU-SPRI Forum: Innovation policies for economic and social transitions: Developing strategies for knowledge, practices and organizations (pp. 292-295). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Ott, Cordula (2015). Reflections on the Democratization of Knowledge Generation in Research Partnerships for Sustainable Development (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance 2015 Canberra Conference. Canberra, Australia. 14.-16.12.2015.

Ott, Cordula (2014). Ethics in science: enhancing the democratisation of knowledge production in transdisciplinary research partnerships for sustainable development (Unpublished). In: The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation. Salzburg, Austria. 28.-29.08.2014.

Ott, Cordula (2014). Knowledge as a resource: enhancing the democratisation of knowledge production in transdisciplinary research partnerships for sustainable development (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance 2014 Norwich Conference. Norwich, UK. 01.-03.07.2014.

Ott, Cordula (2013). Knowledge and integration for sustainable development: Eastern and Southern Africa Partnership Programme (Unpublished). In: Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day. Bern, Schweiz. 21.10.2013.

Kläy, Andreas; Ott, Cordula (2009). The efficiency of simplicity. A comprehensive evolutionary perception of the earth can help to improve the management of subsystems: Transforming institutions to managing a carbon constrained world. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 6(22), p. 222002. Copenhagen, Denmark: IOP Publishing 10.1088/1755-1307/6/22/222002

Working Paper

Kohler, Thomas; Bachmann, Felicitas; Ott, Cordula (2006). Status and Future of Mountain Research: Results of two Surveys by the Research Initative of the Mountain Partnership Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Ott, Cordula; Haupt, Frank (2005). Developing a Framework for Stakehoder Consultation in the Umbeluzi River Basin: Project Report (Unpublished) (URBI stakeholder consultation). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Thesis

Ott, Cordula (2016). Transformative Forschung gestalten – Beiträge aus Theorie und Praxis transdisziplinärer Forschungspartnerschaften (Unpublished). (Dissertation, Universität Bern, Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät)

  • LED Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst, Stiftungsrat/Liechtenstein Development Service: Board Member
  • ESG Earth System Governance Project ESG, Senior Fellow
  • European Sustainability Science Group
  • SCNAT Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • UNCCD United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification, expert
  • SAGUF Schweizerische Akademische Gesellschaft für Umweltforschung und Ökologie/Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology