The Centre for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures (CSF) at Franklin University Switzerland supports research, teaching and community activities across interrelated systems of environmental and cultural practices that impact our earth.



Our focus grows from the conviction that to engage effectively with the environmental and societal challenges facing today's world, researchers and educators need to work together not only across the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities, but also beyond university walls. Finding solutions for a world increasingly shaped by climate change and social injustice requires stakeholders from across generations, across the town and gown divide, and across disciplines. Our mission is to provide a vibrant platform to bring together interested researchers, artists and authors, students, alumni and community leaders to conduct research, and collaborate on projects, events and educational and outreach initiatives across Switzerland and Europe.


Christoph Kueffer
Co-Director, Affiliate Professor Environmental Humanities

Caroline Wiedmer
Co-Director, Professor for Comparative Literature

Rim Maslouh
Assistant, Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures

Affiliated Members

Gabriel Gee
Professor of Art History, Franklin University

Giulia Miniero
Professor for International Marketing

Johanna Fassl
Professor of Art History, Franklin University

Brack Hale
Professor of Environmental Science

Clarice Zdanksi
Instructor Art History and Studio Art


Ariane Tanner
Post- Doctoral Student, History of Science, ETH Zurich


Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainable Futures (CSF-FUS)
Franklin University Switzerland
Caroline Wiedmer
Via Ponte Tresa 29
6924 Sorengo


The CSF acts as an educational hub for Franklin's programs in Social Justice and Sustainability hyperlink, Environmental Science and Studies hyperlink, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies hyperlink, Art History hyperlink and the Zurich Program in Sustainable Cities hyperlink. These programs allow students to explore issues of sustainability and justice through the lenses of literature, art, cultural studies, film, creative writing and environmental sciences/studies, encouraging the exchange of ideas across the ever-changing definitions of what it means to be environmentally and socially sustainable in the various domains of human activities.

Franklin is committed to an interpretation of the liberal arts which is both topic-based and hands-on. We encourage our undergraduate and graduate students to go beyond the class room in a number of programs, including our signature Academic Travel program, our Zurich Program and our internship program to understand the impact of knowledge on the world. In the Environmental Humanities, this sort of learning helps understand the impact of different forms of knowledge and different disciplinary perspectives on our response to climate change and environmental injustice.

The CSF supports research projects among undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, professors, and members of different local and national communities; and builds networks among researchers and practitioners at universities across Europe and Switzerland through research collaborations, conferences, lecture-series and the Sustainable Cities Forum, a symposium dedicated to student research which takes place every May at Franklin University Switzerland.


We invite and support research from inter-and transdisciplinary perspectives, including artistic practices, and we encourage our faculty, our postdocs and our students to tackle environmental and social justice problems through the combined lenses of narrative, film, art, history, environmental and justice studies.

Current research projects include change-agents in Swiss biodiversity, urban sustainability, migration and social justice, and soil. Our researchers have received grants from the Bundesamt für Umwelt (The Federal Office for the Environment, FOEN), the SAGUF, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and Franklin University's Faculty Development Fund.


September 9 – 12, 2021

Retooling Knowledge: Sustainable Development Goals from the Perspective of the Environmental Humanities
A symposium held at Franklin University Switzerland (FUS), Lugano (Switzerland)

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