Dr. Sabin Bieri (Switzerland) triggered her interest for development issues in Bolivia, where she herded lamas and sheep with local women and researched the importance of herding within the changing smallholder strategies. Back in Switzerland, she analysed social movements which, through squatting and camping at the riverside, challenged and actually redefined urban life in Swiss cities in the 1980’s. Her PhD completed, she specialized in questions of labour and refined her vocabulary on excretion in the context of a sanitation research project at the Centre for Gender Studies of the University of Bern. As a fellow at the Centre, Sabin conceptualized and still co-directs the advanced studies programme on gender, justice and globalization at the University. Since 2012, she works as head of the “Multidimensional Disparities” cluster at the Centre for Development and Environment, and is lucky enough to combine her interests in inequalities and social justice with questions of sustainable development. She does so by exploring the nexus of market-led agriculture, rural employment and sustainable development.
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