Ivo Wallimann-Helmer

Prof. Dr. phil. in Environmental Humanities, Director of the UniFR_ESH institute


 +41 26 300 8826

  • Professor, Department of Geosciences
    PER 14 bu. 3.333.2
    Ch. du Musée 4
    1700 Fribourg
    PER 14, 3.333.2

    Hours of reception:
    Monday: 10:30-16:00
    Tuesday: 09:00-17:00
    Friday: 09:00-16:00

    Nach Vereinbarung / Sur rendez-vous / By appointment (environment@unifr.ch)



The core areas of my work investigate conceptual and normative issues of justice in climate action and environmental protection, technological innovation for sustainability, and the fair differentiation of responsibilities in environmental practice and most recently food systems. My key interest concerns the conceptual conflicts between the global and intergenerational dimensions of these challenges and the local and temporal differentiations of responsibilities between relevant agents. For further information about my current projects, please visit: https://www.unifr.ch/env/en/research/


Studies in philosophy and German language and literature in Zurich and Berlin. 2010 PhD thesis on the ideal of equality of opportunity. 2004-2012 various positions at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Zurich in practical Philosophy. 2009-2019 lecturer for ethics, political philosophy, climate ethics, medical ethics and ethical decision-making at various universities and technical colleges. 2012-2015 post-doc at the Center for Ethics at the University of Zurich. 2010-2018 managing director of the program Advanced Studies in Applied Ethics of the University of Zurich. Since 2018 Professor for Environmental Humanities at the University of Fribourg and since 2019 the director of the UniFR_ESH Institute.

Research and publications

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Teaching and courses

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