Urs Luterbacher


Spoken languages
English, French
Areas of expertise
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Energy
  • Environment, environmental policies, law, and economics
  • Sustainable development
  • Water


PhD, Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) and University of Geneva  
Urs Luterbacher was Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International from 1973-2010. He has done work on problems of international conflict and cooperation and international environmental problems using formal models and game theory. He is also a member of ProClim the Forum for Climate and Global Change of the Swiss Academy of Sciences and of the Consultative Organ on Climate Change, a committee set up by the Swiss Academy of Sciences to advise the Swiss government on climate change.


The International Politics of Climate Change. Co-authored with Detlef Sprinz. MIT Press, 2001.

  • Front Page and Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Appendix
  • References
  • "Glaciers and Efficient Water Use in Central Asia" in Benjamin S. Orlove,Ellen Wiegandt,Brian H. Luckman. Darkening Peaks: Glacier Retreat, Science, and Society.  University of California Press, 2008.
  • "Water and Mountains, Upstream and Downstream: Analyzing Unequal Relations." Paper prepared for the workshop entitled 'Legal Aspects of Water Sector Reforms' in Geneva in April 2007 by the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC) in the context of the research partnership 2006-2009 on water law sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).
  • "Water Control and Property Rights: An Analysis of the Middle Eastern Situation." In: Martin Beniston. Climatic Change: Implications for the Hydrological Cycle and for Water Management. Advances in Global Change Research. Volume 10, Springer Publishers, 2002.
  • "The New Political Economy of Trading and Its Institutional Consequences" with Carla Norlöff, International Political Science Review, 20, 4 (1999), 341-358.
  • "Simulating the Response of a Small Open  Politico-Economic System to International Crises: The Case of Switzerland"  with T. Michael Clarke, Pierre Allan et Nicolas Kessler, Management Science, January 1987, 270-287.