Peter Messerli

portrait Prof. Peter Messerli

Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern
Universität Bern
Kochergasse 4
CH-3011 Bern

Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 63 14
E-mail: peter.messerli(at)
Phone: +41 (0) 31 631 63 14
E-mail: peter.messerli(at)

Programs in which Peter Messerli holds an official function:
GLPco-chair2016 -
ProClim-Advisory Committee2015 -

Key Publications of Peter Messerli (up to ten) :
Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the Secretary-General. 2019. Global Sustainable Development Report 2019: The Future Is Now - Science for Achieving Sustainable Development. New York, USA: United Nations.

Messerli, P., Kim, E. M., Lutz, W., Moatti, J.-P., Richardson, K., Saidam, M., Smith, D., u. a. (2019). Expansion of sustainability science needed for the SDGs. Nature Sustainability, 1–3.

Nilsson, M., Chisholm, E., Griggs, D., Howden-Chapman, P., McCollum, D., Messerli, P., Neumann, B., u. a. (2018). Mapping interactions between the sustainable development goals: Lessons learned and ways forward. Sustainability Science.

Meyfroidt, P., Roy Chowdhury, R., de Bremond, A., Ellis, E. C., Erb, K.-H., Filatova, T., Garrett, R. D., u. a. (2018). Middle-range theories of land system change. Global Environmental Change, 53, 52–67.

Oberlack, C., Sietz, D., Bürgi Bonanomi, E., de Bremond, A., Dell’Angelo, J., Eisenack, K., Ellis, E. C., u. a. (2019). Archetype analysis in sustainability research: Meanings, motivations, and evidence-based policy making. Ecology and Society, 24(2).

Magliocca, N. R., Ellis, E. C., Allington, G. R. H., Dell Angelo, J., Mertz, O., de Bremond, A., Messerli, P., u. a. (2018). Closing global knowledge gaps: Producing generalized knowledge from case studies of social-ecological systems. Global Environmental Change, 14.

Messerli P, Bader C, Hett C, Epprecht M, Heinimann A. 2015. Towards a Spatial Understanding of Trade-Offs in Sustainable Development: A Meso-Scale Analysis of the Nexus between Land Use, Poverty, and Environment in the Lao PDR. Webb E, editor. PLOS ONE 10:e0133418.

Van Vliet N, Mertz O, Heinimann A, Langanke T, Pascual U, Schmook B, Adams C, Schmidt-Vogt D, Messerli P, Leisz S, et al. 2012. Trends, drivers and impacts of changes in swidden cultivation in tropical forest-agriculture frontiers: A global assessment. Global Environmental Change.

Messerli P, Heinimann A, Epprecht M. 2009. Finding Homogeneity in Heterogeneity – a New Approach to Quantifying Landscape Mosaics Developed for the Lao PDR. Human Ecology, 37(3).

Messerli P. 2004: Alternatives à la culture sur brûlis sur la Falaise Est de Madagascar: Stratégies en vue d'une gestion plus durable des terres. African Studies Series A17, Geographica Bernensia, Berne, pp. 348

Expertise of Peter Messerli:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Research Interface / Management
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Mitigation of Change
Topic PedosphereSoil Degradation / Erosion / Desertification
Topic BiosphereBiodiversity
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseAgriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Food Security
Trade / Globalisation
Land Cover / Land Use / Landscape
Topic Politics/LawRegionalization / Globalization
Topic SocietyEmployment / Social Security / Poverty
Perception / Behaviour / Attitudes
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Economic Sustainability
Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric
National / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FramePast
Recent / Today
MethodsData Collection - Interviews, Questionnaires
Data Analysis
Policy Analysis and Formation
Applied Research / Technology
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Peter Messerli:
Sustainability of socio-ecological systems; Contextuality of sustainable development; Ecosystem Goods and Services; Land Use and Land Cover Changes; Multi-level Multi-Stakeholder Analysis; Shifting cultivation and transformations under global change; Agroforestry; Upland Rice cultivation; Rural livelihood strategies;

Last update: 5/5/22
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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