Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    Undergraduate assistant, Department of Geography, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1999
    Intern, Agenda 21-Büro der Stadt München, Munich, Germany

  • 2000
    Consultant, Project: ‚Kernindikatoren der Nachhaltigkeit’,, Basel, Switzerland

  • 2001
    Consultant, Project: ‘Proyecto piloto de Fortalecimiento de la Gestión Ambiental Descentralizada en el Estado de Guanajuato’ in Guanajuato, Mexico; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)

  • 2004
    Visiting researcher, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

  • 2000 – 2005
    Research fellow, Institute of Agricultural Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2011
    Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Geography, System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen, Norway

  • Since 2005
    Lecturer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • Since 2005
    Managing partner, Flury&Giuliani GmbH, Research and Consulting in Agricultural and Regional Economics, Zurich, Switzerland

  • Since 2012
    Senior research fellow, Department of Geography, System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen, Norway

  • Since 2017
    Full professor, Department of Geography, System Dynamics Group, University of Bergen, Norway

Selected publications

  • Tendall D., Jörin J., Kopainsky B., Edwards P., Shreck A., Le Q. B., Grant M., Six J. (accepted). Food system resilience: Defining the concept. Global Food Security.

  • Derwisch S., Morone P., Kopainsky B., Tröger K. 2015. Investigating the drivers of innovation diffusion in a low income country context. The case of adoption of improved maize seed in Malawi. Futures.

  • Alessi S.M., Kopainsky B. 2015. System dynamics and simulation-gaming: Overview. Simulation and Gaming. DOI: 10.1177/1046878115596390.

  • Stave K., Kopainsky B. 2015. A system dynamics approach for examining mechanisms and pathways of food supply vulnerability. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Forthcoming. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-015-0289-x

  • Kopainsky B., Huber R., Pedercini M. 2015. Food provision and environmental goals in the Swiss agri-food system: System dynamics and the social-ecological systems framework. Systems Research and Behavioral Science 32(4): 414-432. DOI: 10.1002/sres.2334

  • Kopainsky B., Tribaldos T., Flury C., Pedercini M., & Lehmann H.-J. 2014. Synergien und Zielkonflikte zwischen Ernährungssicherheit und Ressourceneffizienz in der Schweiz. Agrar-forschung Schweiz 5(4): 132-137.

  • Davidsen P.I, Kopainsky B., Moxnes E., Pedercini M., Wheat D.I. 2014. A systems education at Bergen. Systems 2(2): 159-167.

  • Kopainsky B., Alessi S.M., Pedercini M., Davidsen P.I. 2014. Effect of prior exploration as an instructional strategy for system dynamics. Simulation and Gaming. DOI: 10.1177/1046878113517536.

  • Kopainsky B., Pirnay-Dummer P., Alessi S.M. 2012. Automated Assessment of Learners' Understanding in Complex Dynamic Systems. System Dynamics Review 28(2): 131-156.

  • Kopainsky B., Tröger K., Derwisch S., Ulli-Beer S. 2012. Designing Sustainable Food Security Policies in Sub-Saharan African Countries: How Social Dynamics Over-Ride Utility Evaluations for Good and Bad. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. 29(6): 575-589.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Knowledge analysis in coupled social-ecological systems. A pilot study in smallholder farmer communities in Zambia. Peder Sather Center for Advanced Studies, UC Berkeley. Co-principal investigator, 2014 – 2015

  • Environmental-economic models for evaluating the sustainability of the Swiss agri-food system. Swiss National Science Foundation, National Research Program 69 "Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production". Co-principal investigator, 2013 – 2016

  • Simulation based tools for linking knowledge with action to improve and maintain food security in Africa. Norwegian Research Council. Principal investigator, 2012 – 2017

Media coverage

  • Kopainsky, B. 2014. På randen av en matkrise. HUBRO, 20-21. (interview)

  • Kopainsky, B. 2014. On the verge of a food crisis. The UiB Magazine, 2014/2015, 24-25. (interview)


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