Michael Brander joined the group as an external PhD student in summer 2015. His research focuses on the political drivers and impacts of price volatility and spikes in agricultural markets. He is also a researcher at the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS), an associated Institute of the University of Zurich.
Before starting his PhD, Michael worked for more than six years for the Biovision Foundation, an NGO engaged in sustainable development projects and awarded the "Alternative Nobel Prize". As Project Coordinator for Advocacy & Policy Michael was responsible for a large project on agriculture and food security policies, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He conducted various missions abroad, including to East Africa, and was based in Berlin, Germany, for one year.
Michael holds a Master in "Comparative and International Studies" (MACIS) from the ETH and University of Zurich, as well as a Bachelor in "International Affairs" completed at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) with a study term at the University of Economics in Prague (VŠE).
His thematic priorities and interests are in the realm of rural development, agricultural politics and policies, food and nutrition security, international environmental- and trade politics, and global governance and the multilateral system. Michael speaks English, French and German.