Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich
Philipp Aerni is currently the director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich. He is also a lecturer at the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Basel. As an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented scholar, he has organized many academic conferences and workshops but is also engaged in consulting and editorial activities. He co-founded the journal “African Technology Development Forum” and authored several journal publications and books, including “Global Business in Local Culture: The Impact of Embedded Multinational Enterprises” (SpringerBriefs in Economics, 2018).
After studying Geography at the University of Zurich, Philipp Aerni did a PhD in Agricultural Economics at ETH Zurich on the acceptance of transgenic rice in the Philippines. Subsequently, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, a very enriching experience in a university that is in his words “very embedded in society”. This was followed by several other post-doctoral research experiences in Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand and Switzerland. In 2012-13, Philipp Aerni worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on the topic related to the remuneration of positive externalities in agriculture.