Dr. Alexandra Vlachos

Senior Research Scientist | Lecturer

Transformative Education and Science Impact Area

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Dr. Alexandra Vlachos
Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Universität Bern
Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern

Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and teaching
  • History of sustainability, esp. sustainable forestry, agriculture, and land care
  • Natural resource and land conflicts
  • Scientific writing across disciplines
  • Social and historical dimensions of ecological conservation and land management
  • Narrative networks and actor-network-theory (ANT)


Further professional interests

  • Environmental History
  • Indigenous, local, and scientific environmental knowledge production and exchange in remote communities
  • The history of botany, ethnobotany, and gardening
  • Past and present use of agroecology, permaculture, land care, forest gardens and ecological gardening
  • Links between human health, large-scale biodiversity conservation, and ecosystem resilience
  • Human-animal relations

Field experience

Australia, Canada, Switzerland


English, German, French


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Vlachos, Alexandra; Gaynor, Andrea (2021). The oldest new woodland on earth: Recognising, mapping, naming and narrating the Great Western Woodlands. International review of environmental history, 7(2), pp. 125-144. ANU Press 10.22459/IREH.07.02.2021.05


Bradby, Keith; Vlachos, Alexandra (November 2020). Accelerating Restorative Change in South Western Australia during COVID Lockdown. In: The Australian & New Zealand Environmental History Network. Online: The Australian & New Zealand Environmental History Network

Vlachos, Alexandra (2020). Fortress Farming in Western Australia? The Problematic History of Separating Native Wildlife from Agricultural Land through the State Barrier Fence. Global environment : a journal of transdisciplinary history, 13(2), pp. 368-403. White Horse Press 10.3197/ge.2020.130206

San Martín, William; Vlachos, Alexandra; Wynn, Graeme (2020). Epidemics & Ecologies. Reading in the time of COVID-19.


Vlachos, Alexandra (August 2019). “Fencing out nativeness? Western Australia’s State Barrier Fence in historical perspective." (Unpublished). In: Presentation held at the European Society of Environmental History (ESEH) Conference “Borders in/of Environmental History”. Tallinn. 21-25 August 2019.


Vlachos, Alexandra (2017). The Power of Stories in the South Moresby Controversy: A Narrative Network Analysis. In: Vaz, Estelita; Joanaz de Melo, Cristina; Costa Pinto, Lígia M. (eds.) Environmental History in the Making. 1: Explaining. Environmental History: Vol. 6 (pp. 31-47). Cham, Switzerland: Springer 10.1007/978-3-319-41085-2_3

Vlachos, Alexandra (2017). “Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site". Environment & society portal, Arcadia, 1 Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society 10.5282/rcc/7738


Vlachos, Alexandra (July 2014). Stories, Memories and the Struggle over South Moresby, Haida Gwaii. (Unpublished). In: Presentation held at the World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH). Guimaraes, Portugal. 8-12 July 2014.


Vlachos, Alexandra (22 August 2013). ’The perfect substance’: Resource conflict over the Western Red Cedar on Haida Gwaii, Canada (Unpublished). In: European Society of Environmental History (ESEH) Conference “Circulating Natures: Water – Food – Energy”. Munich. 21.-24.8.2013.

Vlachos, Alexandra (7 February 2013). Totempfahl oder Zeitungspapier? Holznutzungskonflikte auf Haida Gwaii, Kanada (Unpublished). In: Schweizerische Geschichtstage. Fribourg. 7. - 9.2.2013.

Vlachos, Alexandra (2013). Patrick Kupper: Wildnis schaffen. Eine transnationale Geschichte des Schweizerischen Nationalparks. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Geschichte, 63(2), pp. 309-311. Schwabe


Rohr, Christian; Camenisch, Chantal; Krämer, Daniel; Vlachos, Alexandra (2012). Umweltgeschichte in der Schweiz und ihr Beitrag zur Kulturgeschichte. Traverse - Zeitschrift für Geschichte / Revue d'histoire, 2012(1), pp. 193-211. Chronos


Rohr, Christian; Vlachos, Alexandra (2011). Vulkan. In: Jaeger, Friedrich (ed.) Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit, Bd. 14 (pp. 467-474). Stuttgart: Metzler

Vlachos, Alexandra (2011). Trouble in the Woods. Holzkonflikte global: Nordamerika, Gastvortrag im Rahmen der Vorlesung von Prof. Dr. Christian Rohr zum Thema "Kulturgeschichte des Waldes", FS 2012.

  • International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), Secretary
  • Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network
  • NiCHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment)
  • American Society of Environmental History (ASEH)
  • European Society of Environmental History (ESEH)