Dr. Henri Rueff

Head of Sustainable Land Systems Impact Area

+41 31 684 69 42
Dr. Henri Rueff
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
University of Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Environmental Economics in drylands
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation in dryland rural areas
  • Agriculture economics in drylands 
  • Sustainable land management
  • Sustainable development
  • Extensive pastoral systems in resource scarce areas (deserts, and high altitude mountains)
  • Dryland afforestation ecosystem services and disservices
  • Transformative change  


  • GEO 7

Further professional interests

  • Gaia hypothesis
  • Food systems

Field experience

Algeria, China, Israel, Laos, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Palestine, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand  


French, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew

Please find a list of Publications here.

  • SFIAR Swiss information platform on agricultural research for development
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Nomadic Peoples
  • Reviewer for the “Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation” combined DFID/ESRC/NERC research funding scheme in the United Kingdom
  • Member of SDC Climate Change & Environment Network
  • Member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management of IUCN
  • Member of ProClim
  • Ex-fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
  • IUAS Member of the Commission on Nomadic Peoples at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
  • Visiting research scientist at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Member of DesertNet International, Economics working group