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Blättler Dominic
Social scientist PhD, MSc Geography (lic.phil.nat.)


Professor for rural development & innovation


Abteilung Masterstudien

Curriculum vitae

Akademische Ausbildung

2008PhD on rural development, forest/agricultural policy and governance in the transition context (Vietnam). University of Oxford.
1999MSc on agricultural innovation and processes of diffusion of innovation (Vietnam). University of Berne.

Berufliche Tätigkeiten

Since 2010Professor for rural development & innovation at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL, Zollikofen, Switzerland.
2008 - 2010Scientific collaborator at the Swiss College of Agriculture, Dept. of Economics. Research and teaching.
2002 - 2008Freelance consultant/expert for various NGOs and companies in Vietnam and Switzerland.
2002 - 2004Research leader (within PhD), qualitative and quantitative field research; Vietnam. Collaboration with Helvetas.
1999Project leader ‘equest’ online-research; concept development for an innovative platform for market research. Impact AG.
1997 - 1998Research leader (within MSc), qualitative and quantitative field research; Vietnam. Collaboration with Helvetas.
1995 - 1996Teaching & research assistant. Institute of Geography, University of Berne.


  • Institutions, governance, state/society relations
  • Rural development and livelihoods, particularly in mountainous areas; smallholder agriculture
  • Agricultural and forest policy; policy reform
  • Diffusion of innovation in agriculture
  • Natural resource management
  • Fragile contexts and conflict-sensitive work
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, surveys, statistical and network analysis
  • Project management in research and consultancy, particularly in multidisciplinary and multicultural team settings 
  • Focal region and countries: Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, India, Mongolia


Team International agriculture – Society dand policies


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