The long-term effects of industrial palm oil production on population and environment in tropical regions of Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia

Palm oil production is currently expanding at a still increasing rate and the resulting social and environmental impacts have triggered a major debate. We are taking the political debate on palm oil as an opportunity to establish an interdisciplinary and interfaculty research platform that is committed to conducting research and teaching on this topic with the aim of providing fact-based foundations for a future Swiss foreign trade policy that favours sustainable production.

The coordination is carried out by postdoc researcher Dr. Maria del Pilar Ramirez Gröbli (

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