Study and continuing education in Geography of Food
How could our food supply be made more sustainable? In the exciting online course, you will learn what sustainability means in the context of our global food system. We also show how food value chains need to be designed to pursue the goals of Agenda 2030 in line with the sustainable development of the United Nations.
Degree programme – Bachelor’s
The Geography of Food Research Group leads the following UNR Bachelor modules:
Global Food Systems
Providing a sustainable diet for the world is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. How will the global food system evolve, and what strategies are necessary to produce enough food without destroying the resource base? In this module we explore these questions and take a look into the future.
Eco-Balance Sheets and Label Management (minor)
This module builds on knowledge from previous minors to enable students to understand, question and put into practice methods for communicating sustainability outcomes. Through the use of eco-balance sheets or label assessments in practice, the importance of sustainability becomes tangible. Discussions with experts from industry, science and politics make the possibilities and limitations of the measurability, verifiability and communication of sustainability comprehensible.
In an increasingly complex world, the demand for professional support and advice is increasing. Be it professional advice, for example in the areas of energy or nature management, or process-oriented support, for example in conflict mediation. In this module, you will become familiar with selected consulting methods and instruments and practice them in class. Of central importance in the module is the concrete technical consultation of an organisation (company, association, etc.), from securing the consulting contract to the consulting types on offer.
Designing Sustainable Food Systems
How can food value chains be designed to contribute to sustainable development? The first part of this module, an eLearning course, provides insights into the sustainability of the global food system, the role of food value chains and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the second part, students analyse an existing value chain and outline possible strategies for sustainable development.
Completed Bachelor’s theses 2016 - 2019
- Jennifer Schmid (2019): Mutter- und Ammengebundene Kälberaufzucht in Milchvieherden der Schweiz - warum ist sie nicht weiterverbreitet?
- Sarah Hell (2019): Bedeutung von Betriebskooperationen für die Innovationskraft der Berglandwirtschaft
- Patricia Krayer (2018): From chicks to nuggets : an assessment of socio-economic and ecological impacts of chicken value chains from Brazil to Switzerland
- Lucas Meile (2018): Resilienzbewertung einer Reihe Landwirtschaftsbetriebe in der Region Wädenswil: Denkansatz Transition Town Wädenswil
- Jasmin Siegrist (2017): Naturparkwirte: Verstärkte Zusammenarbeit Landwirtschaft und Gastronomie im regionalen Naturpark Schaffhausen
- Mustafa Ardic (2017): Promoting chances of Colombian coffee in the department of Antioquia, Colombia
- Manuel Pérez (2016): Globale Standortsuche und Potenzialanalyse für die Pinienkernenproduktion
- Mark Knecht (2016): Machbarkeitsstudie für Hass Avocado in Guatemala
- Sonja Züst (2016): Umweltfreundliches Bio-Obst: Wie gut sind Bio-Bananen und Orangen?
Degree programme – Master’s
The Geography of Food Research Group leads the following modules in the Master’s programme
Agrofoodsystem and Chains
Food systems are the basis of our nutrition, elementary components of the environment and our society, and important drivers of the global economic system. In this module, students acquire strategies - from production to consumption - to satisfy the multiple requirements of a sustainable food system.
Summer School Geography of Food
During the two-week "Geography of Food" summer school, students will work intensively on the topic of sustainability in the food value chain: from the production to the consumption of food. There are thirty available places for students from all over the world to participate. The Summer School takes place alternately in Switzerland, India and Slovenia. Acquiring specialist know-how is just as important as intercultural dialogue.
Existential ecological pressures are increasing, and resource shortages and resulting conflicts are intensifying. Added to this, there are far-reaching global shifts, both economic and political. In this module we assume the following thesis: The central driver of social development is the economy. Strategies and initiatives with a sustainability impact must start here. The economy itself needs fundamental reform and further development. But how? After completing this module you will know more...
Topics for Master's thesis
Completed Master’s theses
- Hoinkes Carla (2018): How do consumers deal with sustainability issues in chocolate products?
- Schwab Sereina (2017): Nischenproduktion und Diversifizierung – Chance für die Schweizer Landwirtschaft?
- König Alex (2015): Environmental Hotspots and the Potential of Clean Technologies in the South African Fruit Supply Chain
- Stauffacher Sabine (2014): Enhanced Sustainability in the Coffee Value Chain: Opportunities and Challenges for Linking Smallholder South Indian Robusta Farmers to Small-Roasters in Switzerland
The Geography of Food Research Group leads the "Geography of Food" module in the foodward (German only) CAS in Food Responsibility