I serve currently as Co-Director of the Social Transitions Research Group in the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Basel (Switzerland) as well as Professor of environmental humanities and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brac University (Bangladesh). I am also a member of the Rachel Carson Center for environment and society, and of the Bridges coalition for sustainability at the UNESCO Management of Social Transformations program. The Working Group of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF, University of Basel) that I lead with Christoph Kueffer and Marc Hall has promoted transformational research on collapse and recovery. We have facilitated the emergence of the environmental humanities in Switzerland, which is a field that I seek now to develop outside Europe.
I have held positions in various institutions, from Peking University, the University of Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, the University of Zurich, and Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich. The Swedish Collegium and the Institute of Advanced Studies of Nantes have both elected me Fellow. I owe to a fellowship from Harvard my first book (Mapping Chengde. The Qing landscape Enterprise / 图解承德 — 清代的造园工程. My sixth book (A Documented Negative Outcome. How Geographers Immobilized the Past Climate of Asia) should be published in the Silk Roads series of the University of Chicago Press. My teaching and publications have connected two types of interactions in the geography of knowledge: nature and culture in Asia, and fieldwork and review processes in the environmental sciences.