Here are some of the members of the Environmental Humanities Switzerland research network.
Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; Researcher (associate), EBES, University of Zurich; Member of the RCC Society of Fellows, Ludwig-Maximilians University
Philippe Forêt (University of Chicago PhD) is a geographer and sinologist. His publications are mostly about the physical encounter of China with modern science and global culture. His current book project examines a scholarly dispute about the discovery that climate and society may have changed in ancient Inner Asia. Forêt has received awards from ten countries for his work, was twice elected Fellow in an Institute for Advanced Study and is a member of the Society of Fellows of the Rachel Carson Center.
Designer and Ecologist
Flurina Gradin is a Designer and Ecologist with a focus on urban ecology and biodiversity. She has a background as a journalist and in communications and is working as a research associate at Zurich University of the Arts for the Bachelor’s programme in Design and for the Master’s programme in Transdisciplinary Studies.
Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; University of Zurich
My research centers on the history of how humans perceive, alter or manage the natural world, and how the natural world alters the way people live and think. To date my publications and presentations have aimed to understand the pursuit of environmental restoration, the perception of alien invasive species, and the relationships between humans and their bodily symbionts and other co-travelers.
Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; ETH, Zurich
We live in a time of rapid and fundamental man-made ecological change. In my research I am concerned with how we can better understand and manage the emerging ecological novelty of the Anthropocene in order to maintain vital ecosystem services, reduce poverty, and save unique biodiversity.
Explorer; EH-CH webmaster; The Sven Hedin Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Larsson is a journalist, explorer, photographer and media entrepreneur. He is a two time National Geographic grantee working with a series of expeditions to Central Asia in Sven Hedin’s footsteps. The objective is to document human-environmental changes in these areas during the last century.
Research associate at the University of the Arts in Zürich
Outreach coordinator at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Juanita’s professional background is in designing inquiry-based learning exhibits in the natural sciences. Since 2012 at the PSC she has developed workshops and experiments to engage children and teens with plant science. Her exhibition Klimagarten 2085 is a narrative environment designed to create dialogue about the effects of climate change on food and landscape.
Researcher and photographer
As a freshwater ecologist, Alison endeavours to understand the processes that shape and transform ecosystems. As an environmental photographer, she aspires to capture their intricacies and obscurities in documenting environmental change. Shifting to the terrestrial subterrain, her current research addresses the disconnect between the diversity and ecological significance of fungi and the lack of attention to their conservation.
Political Geographer and Cultural Critic
Rory Rowan is a political geographer and cultural critic. His research spans widely across critical social theory, political ecology and the environmental humanities, and currently focuses on the political and philosophical dimensions of the Anthropocene, planetary governance and the emergence of private industry and extraction in outer space. He is author with Claudio Minca of ‘On Schmitt and Space’ (Routledge, 2015) and regularly contributes writing on politics, art and cultural criticism to a number of print and online publication as well as working collaboratively with artists and curators. From 2014 to 2017 he was a Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Political Geography Research Unit at the University of Zurich and he is a Guest Lecturer in the Masters of Fine Arts Programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).
Postdoc in the architecture department at ETH Zürich
I am an interdisciplinary scholar and artist whose work centers on “de-naturalizing” nature, or investigating the histories, politics, ideologies, etc. that shape ideas and institutions of nature, with the aim of reaching more critical understandings of contemporary human-environment relations. I am a founding member of the art-research projects: the Los Angeles Urban Rangers and World of Matter.
Research Associate at the Department of Environmental Studies of the University of Zürich
For the past century, the environments in which humans live have been going through a deep and abrupt change – physically, biologically and socially – on an unprecedented extent. My research examines the reciprocal relations between human actions and environmental changes, with the aim of finding ways to reduce economic inequality, enhance biodiversity and generally learn how to live within our planet›s boundaries.
Rooted in my life-long love for animals, my interest in the epistemological implications of environemtal issues has been mediated by my study of English and Italian Romanticism: the poetry, prose and philosophical writings of figures such as Shelley and Leopardi prove how strictly intertwined environmental reflections are with discussions on human rights and social and political freedom.
The work of contemporary post-humanist thinkers such as Rosi Braidotti and Roberto Marchesini inspires my current interests in human-animal interaction in its multiple urban manifestations, from animal-assisted therapy to the presence of animals in schools.