Staff

Bernhard Truffer

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer

Department head, Cluster Cirus

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

Head of Department Environmental Social Sciences
Cluster leader Cirus

Research interests

  • Technological Innovation Systems & Industry dynamics
  • Geography of transitions
  • Institutional dimensions of transition processes
  • Sustainable transformation of infrastructure sectors (particularly urban water management)
  • Foresight and strategic planning
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary research


Graduations

Full Professor Appointment as a full professor (20%) at the University of Utrecht for the chair “Geography of Transitions in Urban Infrastructures”. Start of appointment August 1, 2014.
Adj Professor University of Bern (January 2011) in Economic Geography
Habilitation University of Bern (June 2006) in Economic Geography and Sustainable Development. Title of the thesis: The analysis of socio-technical transformations in environmental and regional research
Ph. D. University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1993 in Economic Geography (Dr. rer nat) (“Neo-Ricardian land rent theory and urban land use dynamics”, summa cum laude).
M. Sc. University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1987 in Human and Economic Geography (secondary degrees in Mathematics and Economics)
High. Teach.  University of Fribourg (Switzerland) 1984 in Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Professional Experience

2014 - today Member of the Editorial Board (Advisory Editor) of the journal Research Policy
2014 - today Full professor University of Utrecht, Faculty of Geosciences
2012 - today Head of department ESS (Environmental Social Sciences) and leader of its research cluster Cirus (Environmental Innovation and sustainability Transitions) at Eawag
2011 - 2014

Adjunct professor in economic geography at the University of Bern.

2010 - 2011 Fellow in Sustainability Science, Kennedy School, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
2010 - 2011 Contributing author to IPCC WG III
2010 - today Founding (associate) editor of the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (Elsevier)
2006 - 2012 Head of department Cirus (Innovation Research in Utility sectors) at Eawag, Dübendorf
2003 - 2013 Affiliated to the Science Policy Group at the Social Science Resarch Centre (WZB), Berlin.
1996 - 2013 Affiliated to ETH Environmental Science Department (Lecturer)
2002 - 2010 Lecturer (Privatdozent) in Economic Geography at the University of Bern
2002 Guest Scientist at the Social Science Research Centre, Berlin (WZB) – Research Unit “Innovation and Organization” (Prof. Dierkes)
2001 Guest Scientist at the Society & Technology Research Group at DaimlerChrysler Co. in Berlin (Prof Minx)
2001 - 2005 Head of research group CIRUS at EAWAG, Kastanienbaum.
1997 - 2001 Initiator and head of project of the transdisciplinary research program "Greenhydro" at EAWAG, Kastanienbaum.
1993 - 1996 Head of research group at the Human Ecology department, EAWAG, Dübendorf.


Awards and distinctions

2014 Best student paper award  for a paper with Lea Fünfschilling at the 5th international conference on sustainability transitions in Utrecht, August 2014
2014 Nomination for the best paper award for a paper with Christian Binz at the 5th international conference on sustainability transitions in Utrecht, August 2014 
2014 Nominated by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management over the last 5 years. (This is based on a quantitative analysis of research from 2008-2012).
2013 Best Paper award of the journal Regional Studies for Truffer, B., Coenen, L. 2012 Environmental innovation and sustainability transitions in regional studies. Regional Studies. 46 (2), 1-22.
2012 Winner of the Chris Freeman award 2012 for the Special issue in Research policy on sustainability transitions edited by Jochen Markard, Rob Raven and Bernhard Truffer. The Freeman award is made for a publication which is the most significant collective contribution to the interaction of science and technology studies with the study of innovation
2010 2010 The Dutch KSI price for the “Outstanding paper in the field of Transitions and Innovation Systems“ for the paper Markard, J., Truffer, B. 2008. Technological innovation systems and the multi-level perspective: towards an integrated framework. Research Policy, 37, 596 - 615.
2008 The “Best Paper 2007 Award” of the Journal Environmental Modelling and Software in the category  “Integrated Modelling”: Reichert, P., Borsuk, M., Hostmann, M., Schweizer, S., Spörri, C., Tockner, K., Truffer, B. 2007. Concepts of decision support for river rehabilitation. Environmental Modeling and Software, 22, 188 - 201.
2000 Winner of the Swiss Transdiciplinarity Award 2000 for “addressing a political hot spot in Switzerland with professional interdisciplinary research as well as a regard for political and economic realities and nescessities”. SFr 15’000.-
1993 Doctoral thesis “Rententheorie und Nutzungsdynamik” at the University of Fribourg awarded with summa cum laude.

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Address

E-Mail: bernhard.truffer@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5670
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC E27

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Expert of

wastewater, decentralized technologies, transdisciplinary research, hydropower

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