Prof. Dr. Manfred Max Bergman

Professor (Professur Bergman)


Rheinsprung 21
4051 Basel


Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM)

Manfred Max Bergman holds the Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the Department of Social Sciences. He is a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss UNESCO National Commission, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. He has studied at the Universities of California (BA), Geneva (MA), and Cambridge (PhD). Since 2014, he chairs the Basel Sustainability Forum and the World Sustainability Forum. Previous academic affiliations include the Universities of Cambridge, Florence (European University Institute), Geneva, Loyola Chicago, Notre Dame, Oxford, Stellenbosch, St. Gall, Texas A&M, the Witwatersrand, and Zurich.


The research and teaching activities of the Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM) are mainly focused on sustainability in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact, specifically how sustainability intersects business and society in a globalized world. In pursuing policy-relevant and change-oriented research, SRaM is working on a new research approach, entitled Social Transitions Research (STR). As part of SCORE (Sustainable Corporate Responsibility), co-directed by Prof Klaus Leisinger, SRaM is conducting research in this vein in China, India, and the USA. Furthermore, SRaM collaborates with a number of national and international partners, notably the Centre for Responsible Business (India), MDPI (Switzerland and China), Scort (Switzerland), and the Forum Vies Mobiles (France). Max Bergman supervises on topics relating to sustainability, mobility, and work. Information on his publications are available at and at

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