Mountain Research and Development

Mountain Research Journal

Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is the leading international scientific journal specifically devoted to sustainable development in the world’s mountains. By publishing peer-reviewed innovative research articles, MRD

  • offers a platform for pioneering mountain research from a wide range of disciplines that integrates civil-society knowledge
  • brings together insights from science, practice, and policy analysis
  • strengthens networks within and between science and practice, from development organizations to decision-makers in politics, business, and society

Mountain Research and Development appears four times a year and is open access. It is published by the International Mountain Society. The editorial team at the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is supported by an international editorial board comprising renowned scientists and development experts.

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Current issues

Sarah-Lan Mathez-Stiefel

Towards more sustainable food systems in mountains

Mountain populations in developing countries are even more affected by undernourishment and malnutrition than their average fellow citizens. The latest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” looks into the reasons for this and explores promising approaches to making food systems in mountain regions more sustainable – such as “nutrition-sensitive agriculture”. Further topics include the impact of changing glacier conditions on mountaineering in New Zealand and of ski tourism on wildlife in Poland, and more.

Mountain Research and Development Vol 38, No 4

A. J. T. Johnsingh (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Infrastructure, people, and nature in mountains

Dam construction is a controversial issue. A study in the Darjeeling Himalayas in India explores local residents’ perception of a new dam 1.5 years after its completion. Other topics in the latest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” include water-holding characteristics of karst forests in China, immigration of refugees to the European Alps as a source of social innovation, benefits and drawbacks of Acacia decurrens plantations in Ethiopia, and more.

Mountain Research and Development, Volume 38, No 3

Mount Kenya
Urs Wiesmann

Water resources in mountain regions – and more

European countries import flowers and vegetables from Kenya. But how does commercial horticulture for export affect water resources in the Mount Kenya area? This is investigated in a study by CDE researchers in the newest issue of “Mountain Research and Development”. Other papers in this issue examine how climate change affects treelines in Nepal, how climate warming impacts on snow and water availability in a ski area in New Hampshire, USA, and more.

Mountain Research and Development, Volume 38, No 2

mountains sheeps
Fanny Bréart de Boisanger

Making value chains work for mountain farmers

Promoting sustainable development in mountain regions usually means strengthening agricultural value chains – and ensuring the inclusion of small-scale producers, farm labourers, and ethnic minorities. The newest issue of “Mountain Research and Development” provides examples of how inclusive value chains can reduce poverty. Further topics in this issue include Bhutanese herders’ perceptions of climate change impacts, effects of increasing tourism on vegetation patterns in Laojun Mountain National Park in China, and others.

Mountain Research and Development, Volume 38, No 1