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With approximately 130 members, the Institute of geography and sustainability (IGD) develops fundamental and applied research, provides training in research and intervenes in the public debate on major contemporary issues of sustainability.

The IGD relies on its expertise in different environments (cities, margins, mountains, etc.) and approaches the processes of societal, territorial and environmental transformation by integrating skills in geography and human and social sciences.

In addition, the institute offers expertise in certain methodological areas, in particular cartography, quantitative methods and qualitative methods in the fields of geography and social sciences.

Each researcher participates in one or more research collectives: five thematic collectives, five transversal collectives emerging research initiatives.

The IGD develops its activities in two locations: the Lausanne site (Geopolis building) and the Sion-Bramois site. In Sion, the IGD focuses on topics related to tourism and mountain studies (in collaboration with the CIRM).


Director Professor Jean Ruegg
Tél. : +41 21 692 35 53
Deputy director Professor Leïla Kebir
Tél. : +41 27 205 73 17
Lausanne Sion
Address Address
Université de Lausanne
Institut de géographie et durabilité
Mouline - Géopolis
CH - 1015 Lausanne
Université de Lausanne
Institut de géographie et durabilité
Site de Sion
Chemin de l'Institut 18
CH - 1967 Bramois (Sion)
Secretariat Secretariat
Géopolis room 3602 Room 216
Marcia Curchod
Tel. : +41 21 692 30 70
Christelle  Monnet
Tel. : +41 27 205 73 22
Carole Oppliger
Tel. : +41 21 692 35 50
Johanne Aebischer
Tel. : +41 21 692 30 70
Fabienne Hanlon
Tel. : +41 21 692 30 70
Access Access
Campus interactive map Situation Map
Geopolis building