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Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth

Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth investigates the role of business in society and its potential to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The idea of sustainable impact is to improve institutional conditions that encourage public and private interest groups to engage in cooperation on the local, national, and international levels and enable together inclusive and sustainable change. In our concrete projects in Africa and Eastern Europe, we study the successes and failures of development cooperation in rural development and the build-up of sustainable economic ecosystems. In our projects, we are dedicated to the interdisciplinary merging of anthropology, economic sociology, and political economy, and in our approach, we apply qualitative and quantitative methods. The combination of interdisciplinarity and fieldwork research enables us to provide thorough, profound, and applicable analyses and solutions to sustainable change.




Head of sector

Jovana Dikovic


Associated research fields


Related publication highlights

Aerni P (2023) COP-27: A great opportunity to address the double crisis of food security and climate change–and for the EU to re-align its farm to fork strategy. Frontiers in Environmental Economics. 1:1082869.

Zaccari, C., De Vivo, R., Pawera, L., Termote, C., Hunter, D., Borelli, T. et al (2023). Lessons learned from the Second International Agrobiodiversity Congress: Adopting agricultural biodiversity as a catalyst for transformative global food systems. Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, 100411.

Aerni, P. and Zou, W. (2022) Stakeholder Surveys in Selected African Countries on the Perception of Initiatives to Promote Capacity Development (CD) for Agricultural Innovation. CCRS Working Paper 1/2022.(see 

Aerni, P. (2021) ‘Decentralized economic ecosystems in Switzerland and their contribution to inclusive and sustainable change’. Sustainability 13(8), 4181.

Aerni, P. ‘"Business as Part of the Solution": SDG 8 Challenges Popular Views in the Global Sustainability Discourse’. MPDI Book Series on Transitioning toward Sustainability, pp 67-101 (2021).

Aerni, P. (2017) ‘Principled Embeddedness: How Foreign Direct Investment May Contribute To Inclusive And Sustainable Growth In Developing Economies’. ATDF Journal 9(1/2), 3-19 (

Aerni, P., Nichterlein, K., Rudgard, S, Sonnino, A. (2015) ‘Making Agricultural Innovation Systems (AIS) Work for Development in Tropical Countries’. Sustainability 7 (1), 831-850, (auch gut für ‘Sustainable Agriculture)