Dr. Dominic Blättler


Dr. Dominic Blättler Dozent Ländl. Entwicklung & Innovation

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
    Fachbereich Agronomie
    Länggasse 85
    3052 Zollikofen


  • Lecturer in Rural Development & Innovation


  • BSc in agriculture

  • MSc in Life Sciences

  • MSc E-3: Sustainable Natural Resource Management

  • MSc AF-32: Policies and Institutions as Drivers for Development and Innovation

  • MSc AF-33: Rural Development in Practice

  • BSc BLAi-134: Projects and Policies

  • BSc BLAi-024: People, Plants and Policies


  • Lecturer for rural development and innovation at HAFL-BFH, PhD in social sciences; consultant and researcher.

    Experience in:
    Project management in applied research projects and service mandates to do with agriculture and rural development, particularly in interdisciplinary and multicultural team settings

    Evaluation work, external reviews, supporting development initiatives

    Agricultural and forest policy, adoption of innovation in agriculture, communication and knowledge networks, rural development, livelihoods and natural resource management, governance, state/society relations

    Qualitative and quantitative research, surveys, statistical and network analysis
  • 1990 Lehrerdiplom (equivalent to BA in Education) Teacher’s Training College Berne, Switzerland
  • 1999 lic.phil.nat. (equivalent to BSc & MSc) Geography University of Berne, Switzerland
  • 2008 PhD Social Sciences University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 2018 Training course Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding; swisspeace, Switzerland (3 days)
    2013 Training course Participatory Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation at Wageningen University, Netherlands (3 weeks)
    2013 Certificate for university teaching/didactics, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland
    2010 Training for Facilitators, at AGRIDEA, Switzerland (5 days)


  • 2020-ongoing. Quality & Compliance Study Fruits & Vegetables Value Chain GQSP Georgia, in Georgia; funded by UNIDO.

  • 2019-ongoing. Project Agri/Peace, in Palestine; funded by EFORD/SUDAC.

  • 2019-20. Analysis of the Agricultural Knowledge and Information System Georgia, in Georgia; funded by UNDP.

  • 2018-19. External Review of the Sustainable Livelihood and Social Development (SLSD) project, in Afghanistan; funded by SDC.

  • 2014. External Review of the Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP), in Afghanistan; funded by SDC.

  • 2013-14. Study for outcome monitoring and learning in potato cultivation within the project ILRC, in Afghanistan; funded by HSI.

  • 2013-14. Mid-term Review Global Programme Food Security SDC, in Switzerland; funded by SDC.


  • Saric J; D Blaettler, B Bonfoh, S Hostettler, E Jimenez, B Kiteme, I Koné, JA Lys, H Masanja, E Steinger, BR Upreti, J Utzinger, MS Winkler, T Breu. 2019. Leveraging research partnerships to achieve the 2030 Agenda: Experiences from North-South cooperation. GAIA 28 (2): 143-150.

  • Blaettler D, W Wardak, 2019. External Review Sustainable Livelihood and Social Development Project SLSD. Afghanistan. SDC Kabul, 53p.

  • Blaettler D, B Wolfgramm, R Zehnder, A Haidery, R Kirgizbekova, T Leuzinger, P Fehle. 2017. The Rustaq NRM Study. Potentials and Limitations for Improved Natural Resource Management in Mountain Communities in Rustaq District, Afghanistan. Final Report. SDC Kabul, 53p.

  • Hutton C, D Blaettler. 2016. From Peasants to Lords. The Intellectual Evolution of Grant Evans. Journal for Laos Studies 3 (1): 24-36.

  • Blaettler D, S Bhuchar, J Sediqi, 2014. Potato cultivation in Saighan & Kahmard. A case study for outcome monitoring and learning within the project ILRC, Afghanistan. Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation Kabul, 19p.

  • Blaettler D, H Musadiq, 2014. External Review Sustainable Land Management Project SLMP. Afghanistan. SDC Kabul, 35p.

  • Guenat D, D Blaettler, T Haller, B Batkhishig. 2014. Linking Herders to Carbon Markets. Synthesis Report. SDC Ulaanbataar, Bern, 59p.

  • Blaettler D. 2008. State of Mind. Forest ownership, the private sphere and governance in reform socialist transition. Oxford, University of Oxford [PhD thesis].


  • Merton College & St Antony's College, Oxford University, Alumni

  • Oxford Union, member

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • German - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English - Full professional proficiency
  • French - Professional working proficiency
  • Afghanistan
  • Viet Nam
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • Switzerland
  • Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • United Kingdom
  • Bangladesh
  • Japan