Bille Larsen Peter
Peter Bille Larsen, Senior lecturer and researcher, has a strong interest critical theory, environmental anthropology and political ecology. His work addresses the intersection between environmental conservation and social equity concerns, including work in the fields of heritage, environmental governance, international human rights standards and sustainable development. Primary fieldwork sites include the Peruvian Amazon, Viet Nam and global level organizations and processes. He works extensively with international organizations, NGOs and community-based organizations through collaborative efforts and policy-oriented action research. As President of the Interface Commission he promotes new approaches to engaged anthropology and collaborative practice.
Current researcg focusses on sub-regional environmental governance, environmental defenders, heritage and development in Vietnam as well as the changing conditions of environmental civil society. He recently initiated the Geneva Heritage Lab involving a small team of researchers addressing global heritage dynamics. As a member of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO, he chairs the Geneva dialogues on rights fields within the mandates of UNESCO.
Courses taught at UNIGE include sustainable development and public policy analysis in the Master of Environmental Sciences, a course on the social and environmental dilemmas in contemporary capitalism Master's program in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability and a course on sustainability standards and social regulation in the Masters Sustainable Societies and Social Change.
- "Regional Orders in International Environmental Politics (REORIENT)" (funded by the SNSF)
- Decoloniality and heritage. Pathways towards collaborative approaches to indigenous and minority cultural heritage and landscape sustainability. This pilot project, co-organized jointly with Marisa Lazzari and Francesco Orlandi Barbano, of an interdisciplinary nature involves cooperation with the University of Exeter.
- UNESCO and Human Rights Geneva Dialogues (2021 - on - going). Presiding this collaborative dialogue initiative spearheaded by the Swiss National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the UNESCO, the OHCHR, University of Geneva and the NGO REGARD network.
- Collaborative research on sustainable development and heritage in Old Dongola Sudan (2019-2021).Collaborative action research initiative with Warzaw University on local perceptions, sustainable development and heritage in the Old Dongola area.
- "At" risk: Understanding contemporary environmental civil society challenges" (funded by the Fondation Ernest Boninchi)
- "Facilitating evidence-based policy recommendations for states to improve the protection of environmental civil society and environmental defenders" (funded by the Geneva Science-Policy Interface)
- Engaged anthropology (2020 - ). Presiding SEG Interface Commission involved in collaborative research, dialogues and Summer School initiatives.
- Anthropology of heritage and creativity. This initiative with EPFL, builds on a collaborative effort with colleagues, namely Florence Graezer Bideau, at the College of Humanities as a visiting scholar in 2021 (https://actu.epfl.ch/news/we-need-to-stop-being-socially-naive-about-what-he/) including the preparation of an international conference and phd school (https://edu.epfl.ch/coursebook/en/interrogating-heritage-and-creativity-AR-622).
- T421018: Sustainability, social regulation and standardization
- T405233: Social and environmental dilemmas in capitalism
- AT14E202: Introduction au développement durable et l’analyse des politiques publiques (fait partie de l'atelier «Environnement alpin et sociétés»)
- T421211: Workshop 2B: Sustainable consumption and social change
Dr. Peter Bille Larsen
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