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Prof. h.c. Dr. Anna Hersperger



member of directors board, teamleader


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 37


 Research Interests

  • Spatial planning and landscape planning: instruments and processes
  • Land use conflicts and conflicting landscape services
  • Driving forces and actors of land change and urbanization
  • Sprawl
  • Multifunctional periurban landscapes
  • Spatial adjacencies and interactions in spatial planning


PhD Harvard University, USA, 2000
Master of Environmental Planning Arizona State University, USA, 1994
Dipl. Kulturingenieurin ETH ETH Zürich, 1989



05.09.2019: Professor honoris causa at the University of Bucharest

2011- Group leader Landscape Ecology Group, WSL
2006- 2010 Group leader Landscape Management, WSL
2002-2006 Researcher at the WSL
2001-2002 Post Doc at the Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich
1994-1995 Researcher at the NSL (formerly ORL Institute), ETH Zürich
1991-1992 Researcher at the NSL (formerly ORL Institute), ETH Zürich
1989-1991 Engineer at Emch+Berger AG Aarau, Aarau, Ingenieure + Planer

Newest Publication:

Oliveira, E., Hersperger, A. M., 2018, Disentangling the Governance Configurations of Strategic Spatial Plan-Making in European Urban Regions, Planning Practice & Research:1-15.