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Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development

The Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development, best known as HEID, was founded in 1927 at the time of the League of Nations. It is an institution dedicated to providing students from all over the world the means to undertake international studies, from a historical, legal, economic, political and social perspective. It is an autonomous publicly funded private academic institution with close ties but separate from the University of Geneva. It has created in 1995 an “International Environmental Studies Unit” which does teaching and research on the international dimensions of environmental questions. Its research has been focused on water and climate change issues.

Urs Luterbacher will be the principal contact person at HEID for the ACQWA project. Urs Luterbacher is a Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva Switzerland. He took his Licence and PhD degrees from the University of Geneva after doing graduate work at the University of Michigan. Prof. Luterbacher has done work on dynamic models of arms races, the general theory of conflict and cooperation, political systems modeling and more recently in the analysis of conflict and cooperation related to environmental questions. Prof Luterbacher has been visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Nebraska. He is the author of several books and articles on Arms race modelling, Conflict and cooperation and international cooperation about global environmental change. His latest work on International relations and global climate change was published by MIT press.

Ellen Wiegandt was one of the principal investigator of the ACQWA project and was leading WP4. Unfortunately she left us suddenly after a short illness at the beginning of 2009. The ACQWA partners will remember a nice and dedicated person from the project kickoff meeting. We wish to thank her for her great efforts. Above all, we trust that she now rests in peace...

In our memories, Ellen still holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and has worked in a wide number of different positions, in particular as Scientific Director, Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Programme (HDP), Research Fellow and Coordinator, International Environmental Studies Unit, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva and in the context of the Society and Environment Program, Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Sion. She is a lecturer at the Graduate School for International Studies and Development (HEID), and is the 2003 recipient of the Moppert Prize for Sustainable Development.