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Prof. Dr. Peter Poschen

External professor (Socio-Economic Sustainability)Prof. Dr. Peter Poschen






Research Interests   |   Professional Experience   |   Publications

Research interests

  • Social dimension of sustainable development
  • Socio-economics of the use of land and natural resources
  • Social and labor market impacts of climate change
  • Green jobs and greening of enterprises
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Governance


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Professional Experience

12/2015 - present:

  • Director, International Labor Office (ILO) in Brazil, Brasilia

11/2009 – 11/2015

  • Director, Enterprises Department, ILO, Geneva
    • Lead ILO global program on Green Jobs
    • ILO coordinator and representative Rio +20 UN Conference Sustainable Development 2012

03/2006- 10/2009

  • Senior Advisor Sustainable Development and Climate Change, ILO, Geneva

07/2002 - 02/2006

  • Coordinator Decent Work Pilot Programs, ILO, Geneva

(Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Ghana, Morocco, Philippines)

01/2000 – 06/2002

  • Team leader industrial activities, ILO, Geneva

09/1995 - 12/1999             

  • Forestry and Wood Industries Specialist, ILO, Geneva

08/1994- 08/1995             

  • Coordinator country program ‘Environment and the World of Work’ Chile, ILO, Santiago, Chile


  • Forestry and Wood Industries Specialist, ILO, Geneva


  • Forestry Expert and Social Forestry Adviser to ILO labor- intensive public works program, ILO, Geneva


  • Lecturer and Researcher, Addis Abeba University, Alemaya College of Agriculture, Ethiopia


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Since 2008

  • University Freiburg, Masters Environmental Governance: module Global Societal Change

1995 - 1998

  • University of Dresden, Guest lecturer UNESCO M. Sc. program International Forestry,


  • University (ETH) Zurich, Guest lecturer M.Sc. program international Forestry: module agroforestry

1984 – 1986

Addis Abeba University, Alemaya College of Agriculture, Lecturer and researcher B.Sc program agriculture: Ecology and Forestry 


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Selected Publications

2015    Decent Work, Green Jobs and the Sustainable Economy – solutions for climate change and sustainable development’, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK, 181p.


2015     ‘Green Jobs – Protecting the environment can go hand in hand with economic prosperity and job opportunities. Finance & Development December 2015 pp. 14-18. IMF, Washington (with Michael Renner)


2012     ‘Working towards sustainable development – opportunities for decent work and social inclusion in a green economy’. 185 p. ILO, Geneva (editor and of the main authors).


2009     ‘Decent work for all – from ILO initiative to global goal’ in Maclean, R. and Wilson D. (eds.) ‘International Handbook of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Handbook’, Springer Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands


2008     ‘Global challenges for sustainable development: strategies for green jobs’, ILO Background Note G8 Labour and Employment Ministers Conference, Niigata, Japan, 11-13 May 2008, 17p.


2008     ‘Green jobs for Asia and the Pacific’ Background paper for ILO Regional Research Conference, Niigata, Japan, 21-23 April 2008


2007     ‘Decent work for sustainable development – the challenge of climate change’ Paper for the Governing Body of the ILO, 300th Session November 2007, 12 p.


2007      ‘Climate change and energy’ in Labour and the Environment: a Natural Synergy, UNEP, WHO, ILO pp.42-57, UNEP, Nairobi

                                    (with Olfa Khazri)


2007      Green jobs: facing up to ‘an inconvenient truth’, World of Work No.60, August 2007, pp 4-11, ILO, Geneva


2005      From pilots to decent work country programmes – Lessons from the decent work pilot programme, ILO Geneva


2003      ‘Employment in the forest industries in Europe and North America to 2010 – a contribution to the European Forestry Sector Outlook Study’. (with P. Blombäck and M. Lövgren), FAO/ECE, Geneva.


2001      ‘Globalization and sustainability – the forestry and wood industries on the move’. with Mattias Lövgren, ILO, Geneva, 122p.


2001      ‘El rol de la OIT en la certificación forestal’. en Ambiente y Desarrollo, Vol, XVII No 2 Junio 2001, p51-60, Santiago, Chile


2001      ‘Social aspects of certification standards’ invited paper, in Forest Certification: Forging Novel Incentives for the Environment and Sustainable Forest Management’ M. Simula, E. Rametsteiner, A. Blasten, T. Green (eds.)  Proceedings of an international workshop Brussels, Belgium, 6-7 September 2001, European Forestry Institute, Joensuu, Finland, 168 p.


2000      ‘Criteria and indicators for social aspects of sustainable forest management – a guide to ILO texts’. Forest certification project, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ, Eschborn.


2000      ‘Public participation in Forestry in Europe and North America’. (Team member and co-author) Report of Team of Specialists Joint FAO/ECE/ILO Committee. ILO, Geneva.


1998      ‘People, forests and sustainability’ Report of the FAO/ECE/ILO Team of Specialists on Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management, Geneva (convener of the team and co-author).


1998      ‘Safety and health in forestry work’ an ILO Code of Practice (with E. Kastenholz), International Labour Office, Geneva


1998      ‘Forestry’ chapter editor and contributing author Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety (4th ed) Vol III pp68.1-68.41, ILO Geneva


1997      ‘Forests and employment – much more than meets the eye’ invited paper XI World Forestry Congress, Antalya, Turkey 13-22 October 1997, Proceedings Vol. 4, p.61-79.


1997      ‘Efectos socio-ambientales de la expansión forestal en la Noveva Región’. A. Unda, P. Poschen and A. Stuardo. Ambiente y Desarrollo, Marzo 1997, Santiago, Chile, pp.40-46.


1995      ‘La justicia social en el desarrollo rural chileno – aspectos laborales en el libre comercio’ (with A. Contegrán, J. Echenique, R. Plant, co-ordinator E. Klein) Documento de trabajo no. 25, Organisación Internacional del Trabajo, Santiago.


1991      ‘Forest worker training – a stepchild no longer?’ Invited paper,   X. World Forestry Congress, Paris 1991, Proceedings Vol.8 pp. 107-116.


1987     ‘The Application of Farming Systems Research to Community Forestry – the Case of the Hararghe Highlands, Eastern Ethiopia’. Tropical Agriculture [1], Triops Publ., Langen, Germany, 250 p - (reprinted 1989) 


1986      ‘An evaluation of the Acacia albida-based agroforestry system in the Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia’. In Agroforestry Systems No 4 pp 129-143  also published in P.K.R. Nair (ed.) (1988) Agroforestry Systems in the Tropics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 385-401.


1986      Fuel- and wood consumption surveys in developing countries: a proposal for an efficient, low-cost method and the results of its application in Eastern Ethiopia’. (with G. Eiche) Resource Management and Optimization 4 (1) p. 1-16.


1982      ‘Barefoot agro-foresters: a suggested catalyst’ in L. MacDonald (ed.) Proceedings of Workshop Agroforestry in the African Humid Tropics, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1981, United Nations University, Tokyo.


1980      ‘El Jaúl con pasto, la práctica de un sistema silvo-pastoril en Costa Rica’. CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica, 6p. Presented at the Course about Agroforestry Techniques in the Humid Tropics by J. Combe.


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