Inputs for Societal Decision Making

Integrating social-, natural- and engineering sciences

Decisions regarding the allocation and management of water resources, investment in water infrastructure and environmental protection almost always involve conflicting interests. Scientific input can help decision makers and resource managers anticipate the consequences of interventions. Socio-economic and policy analysis provides insight into the contexts in which decisions are made and implemented.


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May 2, 2017

A conflict is developing in Africa’s Lake Victoria between fish farming in cages and the “normal” fishing industry. Added to that are other factors such as invasive species, wastewater pollution, pesticides and dam construction are putting the unique ecosystem under increasing pressure.  Read more

April 19, 2017

In early 2015, the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Nagra, proposed two locations for storage in deep geological repositories. Read more


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Scientific publications

Hoffmann,S.; Pohl,C.; Hering,J.G. (2017) Exploring transdisciplinary integration within a large research program: Empirical lessons from four thematic synthesis processes, Research Policy, 46(3), 678-692, doi:10.1016/j.respol.2017.01.004, Institutional Repository
Fischer,M.; Schläpfer,I. (2017) Metagovernance and policy forum outputs in Swiss environmental politics, Environmental Politics, 1-23, doi:10.1080/09644016.2017.1284981, Institutional Repository
Liu,Wenfeng; Antonelli,M.; Liu,Xingcai; Yang,Hong (2017) Towards improvement of grey water footprint assessment: With an illustration for global maize cultivation, Journal of Cleaner Production, 147, 1-9, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.01.072, Institutional Repository
Eggimann,S.; Mutzner,L.; Wani,O.; Schneider,M.Y.; Spuhler,D.; Moy de Vitry,M.; Beutler,P.; Maurer,M. (2017) The potential of knowing more – a review of data-driven urban water management, Environmental Science and Technology, doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04267, Institutional Repository
Brouwer,R.; Brouwer,S.; Eleveld,M.A.; Verbraak,M.; Wagtendonk,A.J.; van der Woerd,H.J. (2016) Public willingness to pay for alternative management regimes of remote marine protected areas in the North Sea, Marine Policy, 68, 195-204, doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.03.001, Institutional Repository
Larsen,T.A.; Hoffmann,S.; Lüthi,C.; Truffer,B.; Maurer,M. (2016) Emerging solutions to the water challenges of an urbanizing world, Science, 352(6388), 928-933, doi:10.1126/science.aad8641, Institutional Repository
Lanz,K.; Rahn,E.; Siber,R.; Stamm,C. (2014) NFP 61 – Thematische Synthese 2 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung» Bewirtschaftung der Wasserressourcen unter steigendem Nutzungsdruck, 84 S., Institutional Repository
Hoffmann,S.; Hunkeler,D.; Maurer,M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen, 86 S., Institutional Repository
Maurer,M.; Chawla,F.; von Horn,J.; Staufer,P. (2012) Abwasserentsorgung 2025 in der Schweiz, 21, 232 S., Institutional Repository
Kunz,Y.; von Gunten,U.; Maurer,M. (2009) Wasserversorgung 2025 – Vorprojekt Standortbestimmung im Auftrag des BAFU, 198 S., Institutional Repository

Consulting and knowledge transfer


Dr. Karim Abbaspour
  • drinking water
  • groundwater
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
PD Dr. Heiko Gebauer
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • technology concepts
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling