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University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
Friday, August 18, 2023
Monday, January 1, 2024
The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is an interdisciplinary research centre of the University of Bern. Its overarching goal is to produce and share knowledge for sustainable development in cooperation with partners in the global North and South.
As a successful candidate, you will be part of a large research project entitled “From Farm to Fork and beyond: A Systemic Approach for Implementing True Cost Accounting for Food in Switzerland (TRUE-COST-OF-FOOD)”, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Food and agriculture systems have significant environmental, social, and health impacts that are not reflected in the cost of food. True cost accounting for food (TCAF) - measuring social, environmental, and health impacts in monetary terms - has been put forward at the national and international levels as a potentially powerful tool for transforming food systems. TRUE-COST-OF-FOOD first aims at providing a comprehensive understanding and a unified methodology of TCAF in Switzerland, based on existing research in other contexts. It does so by 1) integrating the public health dimension and developing health impact metrics; 2) proposing implementation pathways and analyzing their acceptability by engaging with Swiss stakeholders across the value chain; 3) identifying interdependencies and levers for change at different levels, including policy-making, the private sector, and consumers; 4) building a proof of concept to shed light on the multifunctionality of food and ease the shift towards healthier and more sustainable food for all. TRUE-COST-OF-FOOD takes an interdisciplinary, holistic, and systemic approach to food systems. Several disciplines (agriculture, public health, environmental engineering, economics, business and innovation, behavioral sciences, and international relations) will work together to achieve the above-mentioned goals.
Under the guidance of senior project members based at the University of Bern, the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH (School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences BFH-HAFL), and the University of Lausanne, you will conduct your main research in Switzerland. You will be affiliated with the research group of Dr. Theresa Tribaldos (CDE, University of Bern) and work closely with partners at the other universities involved in TRUE-COST-OF-FOOD.