Dr. Norman M. Kearney

Senior Research Scientist

Just Economies and Human Well-Being Impact Area

+41 31 684 69 24
Dr. Norman M. Kearney
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of Professional Focus

  • SDG interactions
  • Food systems
  • Sustainability transformations
  • Knowledge integration
  • System dynamics modelling
  • Scenario analysis
  • Natural language processing


  • G20 Land Initiative course on sustainable agriculture for land restoration (with WOCAT and the UNCCD)
  • Nature-based solutions for sustainable food systems (with the Wyss Academy, ecos, SOLcollab, Global Infrastructure Basel, and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture)
  • 2030PLUS: Deep system change for sustainable development (with the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Development)

Further Professional Interests

  • Social psychology
  • Political economy
  • International relations theory
  • Macro-sociology
  • Cultural evolution
  • Ethics and political philosophy


English, Spanish, German, French

Jump to: 2023


Oberlack, Christoph; Lundsgaard-Hansen, Lara; Kearney, Norman Michael; Hurni, Kaspar (June 2023). Community-based collective action and sustainable development around infrastructure mega-projects (Unpublished). In: IASC Global Conference. Nairobi, Kenya. 17-22 June 2023.

Lundsgaard-Hansen, Lara; Kearney, Norman; Hurni, Kaspar; Oberlack, Christoph (March 2023). Mega-infrastructure projects: Engaging with the giant – (im)possible? (Unpublished). In: IfL research workshop #8: Spatially related research practice in challenging environments: Authoritarianism, conflicts and war. Leipzig. March 23–24.

Liechti, Karina; Kearney, Norman; Michel, Fabian; Moser, Stephanie (2023). Waldbrandgefahr: Wahrnehmung und Kommunikation. Communis, 2023(05), pp. 40-41. Schweizerischer Verband der Bürgergemeinden und Korporationen (SVBK)

Geobey, Sean; Campbell, Sean; Kearney, Norman (2023). Testing participatory budgeting voting design: Two cases from the city of Kitchener. Local Development & Society, pp. 1-20. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/26883597.2023.2227359

  • Fellow, Earth System Governance
  • Member, SDG Task Force on the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Member, Archetypes Network