Dr. Philippe Forêt leads a training, research, and outreach program of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology with Prof. Christoph Kueffer (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich / HSR Rapperswil ) and Dr. Marc Hall (University of Zurich).
His key assignments are conducting multi-campus research at the frontier of the natural sciences and nurturing a dialogue between the humanities, public policy, and society. Philippe has supervised team projects in the environmental humanities, in human and environmental geography, on modern and contemporary Asia, on climate research, on energy and climate policy, and on the Sino-European exchanges in the arts and sciences.
He is currently teaching an MA seminar on the Anthropocene at the University of Basel. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Society of Fellows at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Ludwig-Maximilians University) in Munich. These past two decades, Philippe has been successively assistant, associate, visiting, and full professor in human geography, Chinese and Central Asian studies, and environmental history.
Between 2002 and 2007, he was also a researcher in cartography in the Department of Civil Engineering of ETH Zurich. He went to the University of California at Berkeley and Collège de France in Paris for postdoctoral training in modern history and natural resources. After four years spent at Peking University and Tokyo University, Philippe earned a PhD degree in geography from the University of Chicago for a dissertation on the development policy of the Qing dynasty.