- Social Sciences, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
- Geographic networks, Historical networks, Knowledge and innovation networks, Networks in arts and humanities
Educational and work
Activities: Dr. Philippe Forêt is a senior geographer with an expertise on climate and civilization and a wide range of publications in environmental studies, on modernity in Asia, and in the history of the geosciences. Since 2013, Philippe has co-directed the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences). At the University of Basel, he leads with Prof. Max Bergman the Social Transitions Research Group. At the University of Zurich, he is a research associate in Prof. Marc Hall’s Environmental History Research Group. Impact: Philippe is one of the founding members of the BRIDGES UNESCO MOST Sustainability Science Coalition, where he represents “Environmental Humanities Switzerland.” He has received awards from institutions in ten different countries, from the Swiss National Science Foundation to Harvard (Dumbarton Oaks). The Institute of Advanced Studies of Nantes, the Swedish Collegium in Uppsala, and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich have elected him Fellow. His previous affiliations include the Universities of Stockholm and St. Gallen, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich. Training: Philippe went to the Collège de France and to the University of California at Berkeley for postdoctoral training. The University of Chicago awarded him a PhD for a dissertation on development policy in imperial China. His other degrees are from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, The New Sorbonne University, and the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris. Philippe grew up in Sahel Africa and attended Lycée Lamine Gueye in Dakar, Senegal.