Overview of actors

Centre for Development and Environment - University of Bern

CDE is Switzerland’s centre of excellence for sustainable development.

One of the University of Bern’s strategic research centres, we are tasked with mainstreaming sustainability throughout the university’s research and teaching. We conduct research and teaching on behalf of a more sustainable world. Our aim is to chart pathways to sustainable development and to initiate transformations in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnerships to achieve the Goals

How we work

CDE engages in social learning and co-production of knowledge in several world regions, invests in long-term partnerships, and connects local realities to global debates. CDE is internationally respected for its work with diverse partners on sustainable development, for beneficially shaping multi-stakeholder dialogues, for harnessing knowledge on behalf of transformative solutions, and for fostering commitments and action among decision-makers in politics, business, and civil society.

... and why

We are committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda through our theory of change. We combine sound research with inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to analysis and transformation. Our research agenda is created within long-standing partnerships spanning the global North and South.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Agriculture and Forestry
Environment and Disaster Risk Management
Health and Nutrition
Monitoring and Evaluation

CDE employs around 100 people from 25 disciplines, has activities in four regions of the global South as well as in Switzerland and Europe, and is currently implementing over 80 projects with an annual turnover of CHF 13 million.

Opportunities offered

Internships for students no
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates no
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no
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Type of organisation

Training and research institution

Field(s) of activity

Development Cooperation


Bern, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation

Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East and Northern Africa
North America
South/East Asia and Pacific
Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Between 200 and 1000

Outside Switzerland:
Between 20 and 50

Learn more

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