Dr Desiree Daniel-Ortmann

Profile details


Desiree Daniel-Ortmann is a Departmental Lecturer for the Master’s in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford. Previously, Desiree was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Geography, University of Bern in Switzerland. Desiree holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn, Germany (2018), a Master’s in Geoinformatics from the University of Muenster, Germany (2011) and a Bachelor’s in Geomatics from the University of the West Indies (2009).

Research and Teaching

Desiree is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of development geography, sustainability science and digital technologies. In current research and teaching, Desiree focuses on four core thematic areas: 

  • Operationalization of relational values within the context of Nature’s Contribution to People
  • Documentality, land tenure and livelihood resilience
  • The role of role of emerging technologies such as blockchain in enabling resilience and driving transformative change
  • The ontological nature of resilience and power

Desiree is currently involved in the National Ecosystem Assessment for Grenada as a lead and contributing author. 


Resilience, power dynamics, sustainable land management, relational values and Nature's Contribution to People, blockchain technology, social and formal ontology