Dr. Christoph Oberlack

Head of Sustainability Governance Cluster

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christoph.oberlack@cde.unibe.ch
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Dr. Christoph Oberlack
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Sustainability governance, networked governance
  • Institutional analysis of social-ecological systems
  • Archetype analysis in sustainability research
  • Case study synthesis methodologies
  • Land-use change (local to global, telecoupled)
  • Large-scale land acquisitions
  • Climate change adaptation

Projects

Field experience

Myanmar, Laos, Kenya, Peru, Switzerland, UNFCCC

Teaching

  • Sustainability Governance Initiatives (Master, seminar, lead with Elke Kellner, University of Bern).
  • Challenges in Geography 1 (Master, lecture and seminar, team teaching and coordination, University of Bern)
  • Handeln für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (Master, seminar, team teaching, University of Bern)
  • Theorie und Empirie: Werkzeuge der Wissenschaft (Bachelor, lecture, team teaching, University of Bern)
  • Interdisciplinary group projects (Bachelor and Master Sustainable Development, resource person, University of Bern)
  • Forum Entwicklung und Umwelt (Master, seminar, team teaching, University of Bern).
  • Political economy of policy reform (Master, tutorial, University of Freiburg (Breisgau))
  • Constitutional economics (Master, tutorial, University of Freiburg (Breisgau))
  • Political economy of land grabbing (Master, seminar, University of Freiburg (Breisgau))
  • Economics, institutions and the environment (Master, lecture, University of Freiburg (Breisgau));
  • Weltwirtschaftsordnung und Global Governance (Bachelor, tutorial, University of Freiburg (Breisgau)).

Languages

English, German, Spanish, French

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2019

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph; Gerber, Jean-David (2019). Polycentric governance compensates for incoherence of resource regimes: The case of water uses under climate change in Oberhasli, Switzerland. Environmental science & policy, 100, pp. 126-135. Elsevier 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.06.008

Giger, Markus; Nolte Ward Anseeuw, Kerstin; Breu, Thomas Michael; Chamberlain, Wytske O.; Messerli, Peter; Oberlack, Christoph; Haller, Tobias (2019). Impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on common-pool resources: evidence from the land matrix (In Press). In: Haller, Tobias; Breu, Thomas; De Moor, Tine; Rohr, Christian; Znoj, Heinzpeter (eds.) The Commons in a Glocal World: Global Connections and Local Responses. Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management. London: Routledge

Schneider, Flurina; Lundsgaard-Hansen, Lara Maria; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Myint, Win; Tun, Nwe Nwe; Oberlack, Christoph; Feurer, Melanie; Nydegger, Katharina Barbara; Messerli, Peter (2019). Sustainable and Just Development in Myanmar: Land disputes in Tanintharyi Region between commercial interests, nature conservation and human well-being (Unpublished). In: Global Land Project 4th Open Science Meeting (GLP-OSM). Bern, Switzerland. 24-26 April 2019.

Vijge, Marjanneke J.; Metcalfe, Robin; Wallbott, Linda; Oberlack, Christoph (2019). Transforming institutional quality in resource curse contexts: The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Myanmar. Resources policy, 61, pp. 200-209. Elsevier 10.1016/j.resourpol.2019.02.006

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph (2019). Cooperation, competition and coercion in polycentric governance systems: The case of water-energy governance in Oberhasli, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: Cooperation, competition and coercion in polycentric governance systems. Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. 10-11 March 2019.

Oberlack, Christoph; Lundsgaard, Lara; Bastide, Joan (2019). Governance innovations for sustainability transformations: the case of multi-stakeholder platforms on oil palm in Myanmar (Unpublished). In: Leverage Points conference. Lüneburg, Germany. 06-08 February 2019.

Oberlack, Christoph (2019). Governance in telecoupled land systems: the case of Thilawa Special Economic Zone, Myanmar (Unpublished). In: Presentation at the 4th Advanced Training Course of COUPLED EU-ITN.

Oberlack, Christoph (2019). Governance innovations for sustainability transformations: the case of multi-stakeholder platforms on oil palm concessions in Myanmar (Unpublished). In: Workshop: New directions in agri-environmental governance. Neuchatel, Switzerland. 28-29 May 2019.

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

Oberlack, Christoph; Sietz, Diana; Bürgi-Bonanomi, Elisabeth; Brémond, Ariane Carole; Dell’ Angelo, Jampel; Eisenack, Klaus; Ellis, Erle; Epstein, Graham; Giger, Markus; Heinimann, Andreas; Kimmich, Christian; Kok, Marcel T.J.; Manuel-Navarrete, David; Messerli, Peter; Meyfroidt, Patrick; Václavík, Tomáš; Villamayor-Tomás, Sergio (2019). Archetype analysis in sustainability research: Meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy-making (Unpublished). In: 4th Open Science Meeting of Global Land Programme. Bern, Switzerland. 24-26 April 2019.

Oberlack, Christoph; Sietz, Diana; Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth; de Brémond, Ariane; Dell'Angelo, Jampel; Eisenack, Klaus; Ellis, Erle C.; Epstein, Graham; Giger, Markus; Heinimann, Andreas; Kimmich, Christian; Kok, Marcel TJ; Manuel-Navarrete, David; Messerli, Peter; Meyfroidt, Patrick; Václavík, Tomás; Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio (2019). Archetype analysis in sustainability research: meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy making. Ecology and Society, 24(2) Resilience Alliance Publications 10.5751/ES-10747-240226

Eisenack, Klaus; Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio; Epstein, Graham; Kimmich, Christian; Magliocca, Nicholas; Manuel-Navarrete, David; Oberlack, Christoph; Roggero, Matteo; Sietz, Diana (2019). Design and quality criteria for archetype analysis. Ecology and Society, 24(3) Resilience Alliance Publications 10.5751/ES-10855-240306

Schneider, Flurina; Giger, Markus; Harari, Nicole; Moser, Stephanie; Oberlack, Christoph; Providoli, Isabelle; Schmid, Leonie; Tribaldos, Theresa; Zimmermann, Anne (2019). Transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge and sustainability transformations: Three generic mechanisms of impact generation. Environmental science & policy, 102, pp. 26-35. Elsevier 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.08.017

2018

Oberlack, Christoph; Winiger, Andrea; Kupferschmied, Patrick; Giger, Markus; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan (November 2018). Archetypical strategies for safeguarding community access to land and natural resources in the global land rush (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance Conference 2018. Utrecht, Netherlands. 5-8 November 2018.

Tribaldos, Theresa Margarete; Schneider, Flurina; Oberlack, Christoph; Rist, Stephan (November 2018). Governance of sustainability problems through transdisciplinary research: pathways to impact in agricultural systems (Unpublished). In: Earth System Governance Conference 2018. Utrecht, Netherlands. 5-8 November 2018.

Boillat, Sébastien; Gerber, Jean-David; Oberlack, Christoph; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Rist, Stephan (2018). Distant Interactions, Power, and Environmental Justice in Protected Area Governance: A Telecoupling Perspective. Sustainability, 10(11), p. 3954. MDPI 10.3390/su10113954

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph; Gerber, Jean-David; Weingartner, Rolf (18 June 2018). Polycentric governance can compensate an incoherent regime under climate change. The case of multifunctional water use in Oberhasli, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: Multi-use of water and related management implications under a changing climate. 18.-19.6.2018.

Delaney, Aogán; Evans, Tom; McGreevy, John; Blekking, Jordan; Schlachter, Tyler; Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa; Tamás, Peter A.; Crane, Todd A.; Eakin, Hallie; Förch, Wiebke; Jones, Lindsey; Nelson, Donald R.; Oberlack, Christoph; Purdon, Mark; Rist, Stephan (2018). Governance of food systems across scales in times of social-ecological change: a review of indicators. Food security, 10(2), pp. 287-310. Springer 10.1007/s12571-018-0770-y

Roggero, Matteo; Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio; Oberlack, Christoph; Eisenack, Klaus; Bisaro, Alexander; Hinkel, Jochen; Thiel, Andreas (2018). Introduction to the special issue on adapting institutions to climate change. Journal of institutional economics, 14(03), pp. 409-422. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1744137417000649

Oberlack, Christoph; Eisenack, Klaus (2018). Archetypical barriers to adapting water governance in river basins to climate change. Journal of institutional economics, 14(03), pp. 527-555. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1744137417000509

Oberlack, Christoph; Boillat, Sébastien; Brönnimann, Stefan; Gerber, Jean-David; Heinimann, Andreas; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (2018). Polycentric governance in telecoupled resource systems. Ecology and Society, 23(1) Resilience Alliance Publications 10.5751/ES-09902-230116

Giger, Markus; Anseeuw, Ward; Hendriks, Sheryl L.; Van Der Laan, Michael; Annandale, John; Bourblanc, Magalie; Fouilleux, Eve; Mercandalli, Sara; Burnod, Perrine; Reys, Aurélien; Eckert, Sandra; Kiteme, Boniface; Oberlack, Christoph; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Adelle, Camilla; Messerli, Peter (2018). Impacts of Large Agricultural Investments - a comparative analysis from three African countries (Unpublished). In: Land and Poverty Conference 2018: Land Governance in an Interconnected World. Washington, DC, USA. March 19-23, 2018.

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph (2018). Evolving polycentric climate governance: The case of multifunctional water use in Oberhasli, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: Polycentric Climate Governance after Paris: Expectations, Challenges and Pathways. University of Freiburg, DE. 12-14.4.2018.

Lundsgaard, Lara Maria; Schneider, Flurina; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Oberlack, Christoph; Myint, Win; Messerli, Peter (2018). Whose Agency Counts in Land Use Decision-Making in Myanmar? A Comparative Analysis of Three Cases in Tanintharyi Region. Sustainability, 10(10), p. 3823. MDPI 10.3390/su10103823

Oberlack, Christoph; Winiger, Andrea; Anesini, Ursina Theresa (2018). Workshop-Report on ‘Governance in telecoupled land systems’ Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern

Eisenack, Klaus; Gotgelf, Anastasiia; Kasymov, Ulan; Lutz, Patrick; Perez, Patricia; Oberlack, Christoph; Sietz, Diana (2018). Second research workshop on Archetype analysis in sustainability research Berlin, Germany: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Oberlack, Christoph; Sietz, Diana; Bürgi, Elisabeth; Brémond, Ariane Carole; Dell’ Angelo, Jampel; Eisenack, Klaus; Ellis, Erle; Epstein, Graham; Giger, Markus; Heinimann, Andreas; Heinimann, Andreas; Kimmich, Christian; Kok, Marcel T.J.; Manuel-Navarrete, David; Messerli, Peter; Meyfroidt, Patrick; Václavík, Tomáš; Villamayor-Tomás, Sergio (2018). Archetype analysis in sustainability research: Meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy-making (Unpublished). In: 2nd International Research Workshop on Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research. Berlin, Germany. 28 February - 02 March 2018.

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph (2018). Adaptive Capacity in polycentric climate governance: The case of multifunctional water use in Oberhasli, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: 2018 Earth System Governance Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands. 05-08 November 2018.

Vijge, Marjanneke; Metcalfe, Robin; Wallbott, Linda; Oberlack, Christoph (2018). Governance transformations to reverse the resource curse? The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Myanmar (Unpublished). In: 2018 Earth System Governance Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands. 05-08 November 2018.

Eisenack, Klaus; Villamayor-Tomas, Sergio; Epstein, Graham; Kimmich, Christian; Magliocca, Nicholas; Manuel-Navarrete, David; Oberlack, Christoph; Roggero, Matteo; Sietz, Diana (2018). Design and quality criteria for archetype analysis (Unpublished). In: 2nd International Research Workshop on Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research. Berlin, Germany. 28 February - 02 March 2018.

Kellner, Elke; Oberlack, Christoph; Gerber, Jean-David (2018). Evolving polycentric climate governance. The case of multifunctional water use in Oberhasli, Switzerland. In: Füreder, Leopold; Weingartner, Rolf; Heinrich, Kati; Braun, Valerie; Köck, Günter; Lanz, Klaus; Scheurer, Thomas (eds.) Alpine Water - common good or source of conflicts? Proceedings of the Forum Alpinum 2018 & 7th Water Conference (p. 79). Breitenwang (Tyrol): Austrian Academy of Sciences Press

2017

Giger, Markus; Anseeuw, Ward; Fouilleux, Eve; Mercandalli, Sara; Burnod, Perrine; Eckert, Sandra; Kiteme, Boniface; Oberlack, Christoph; Zähringer, Julie Gwendolin; Adelle, Camilla; Messerli, Peter (September 2017). How national and local contexts shape the impacts of foreign investment in land: a comparative analysis from three African countries (Unpublished). In: International Conference on Research for Development, (ICRD Conference). Bern, Switzerland. 5–8 September 2017.

Oberlack, Christoph; Boillat, Sébastien; Brönnimann, Stefan; Gerber, Jean-David; Giger, Markus; Heinimann, Andreas; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe; Mann, Stefan; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Wiesmann, Urs (2017). Polycentric governance in telecoupled resource systems: Is the tragedy of the grabbed commons unavoidable? (Unpublished). In: XVI. Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. Utrecht, Netherlands. 10-14 July 2017.

Balsiger, Urs; Bastide, Joan; Bieri, Sabin; Breu, Thomas; da Silva-Trolliet, Tamara Rebecca; Ehrensperger, Albrecht; Harari, Nicole; Heinimann, Andreas; Kiteme, Bonifcae; Lardelli, Corina; Messerli, Peter; Oberlack, Christoph; Weger, Barbara (2017). Spotlight on engaged and transformative science. CDE annual report 2016 (CDE Annual Report 2016). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Messerli, Peter; Oberlack, Christoph; Tejada, Laura; Rist, Stephan; Giger, Markus (2017). Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials. Keynote presentation. (Unpublished). In: Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty. Washington, DC, USA. 20-24 March 2017.

Oberlack, Christoph; Winiger, Andrea; Kupferschmied, Patrick; Sietz, Diana; Eisenack, Klaus (2017). Research workshop "Analysing Archetypes in sustainability research". Workshop Report Centre for Development and Environment and Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland

2016

Oberlack, Christoph; Tejada, Laura; Messerli, Peter; Rist, Stephan; Giger, Markus (2016). Sustainable livelihoods in the global land rush? Archetypes of livelihood vulnerability and sustainability potentials. Global environmental change, 41, pp. 153-171. Elsevier 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.10.001

Oberlack, Christoph (2016). Diagnosing institutional barriers and opportunities for adaptation to climate change. Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change, 22(5), pp. 805-838. Springer 10.1007/s11027-015-9699-z

Delaney, Aogán; Evans, Tom; McGreevy, John; Blekking, Jordan; Schlachter, Tyler; Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa; Tamás, Peter A.; Crane, Todd A.; Eakin, Hallie; Förch, Wiebke; Jones, Lindsey; Nelson, Donald R.; Oberlack, Christoph; Purdon, Mark (2016). Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods (CCAFS Working Paper 167). Frederiksberg, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

2015

Eisenack, Klaus; Moser, Susanne C.; Hoffmann, Esther; Klein, Richard J.T.; Oberlack, Christoph; Pechan, Anna; Rotter, Maja; Termeer, Catrien J.A.M. (2015). Reply to: Opening up the black box of adaptation decision-making. Nature climate change, 5(6), pp. 494-495. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nclimate2619

Oberlack, Christoph; LaHaela Walter, Philipp; Schmerbeck, Joachim; Tiwari, BK (2015). Institutions for sustainable governance of forests: Equity, robustness and cross-level interactions in Mawlyngbna, Meghalaya, India. International journal of the commons, 9(2), pp. 670-697. Igitur

Oberlack C. (2015). Institutional economics of climate adaptation. Elaborating diagnostic methods for adaptation barriers and opportunities. PhD Thesis, University of Freiburg.

2014

Eisenack K, Moser SC, Hoffmann E, Klein RJT, Oberlack C, Pechan A, Rotter M, Termeer CJAM (2014). Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation. Nature Climate Change 4, 867-872.

Oberlack C, Eisenack K. (2014). Alleviating barriers to urban climate change adaptation through international cooperation. Global Environmental Change 24, 349-362.

Oberlack C. (2014). Diagnostic patterns of livelihood impacts of large-scale land acquisitions. Paper presented at the 8th General ECPR Conference, Glasgow, 4-6 September 2014; also presented at the 5th Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 18-21 June 2014.

Oberlack C, Eisenack K. (2014). Diagnostic patterns of barriers to climate adaptation in water resource systems. Paper presented at the 5th Workshop on the Ostrom Workshop (WOW5), Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 18-21 June 2014.

2013

Oberlack C, Neumärker B. (2013). A diagnostic approach to the institutional analysis of climate adaptation. Constitutional Economics Network Paper 01-2013. Freiburg, Germany: Univ. Freiburg.

2011

Oberlack C, Neumärker B. (2011). Economics, institutions and adaptation to climate change. Constitutional Economics Network Paper 04-2011. Freiburg, Germany: Univ. Freiburg.