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.

News

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October 18, 2017

Compared to other foodstuffs, Switzerland’s drinking water shows low levels of contamination with antibiotic-resistant bacteria or resistance genes. This was demonstrated in a study of eight drinking water systems carried out by Eawag researchers on behalf of the Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association (SVGW) and water suppliers. Read more

October 9, 2017

A study by Eawag environmental social scientists has identified a total of 23 forums in Switzerland concerned with water-related issues, such as the Swiss Water Management Association (SWV), Water Agenda 21, the Swiss Water Association (VSA) and the Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association (SVGW).  Read more

Scientific publications

Ingold, K. (2017) How to create and preserve social capital in climate adaptation policies: a network approach, Ecological Economics, 131, 414-424, doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.08.033, Institutional Repository
Scholten, L.; Maurer, M.; Lienert, J. (2017) Comparing multi-criteria decision analysis and integrated assessment to support long-term water supply planning, PLoS One, 12(5), e0176663 (30 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0176663, Institutional Repository
Jones, G. D.; Droz, B.; Greve, P.; Gottschalk, P.; Poffet, D.; McGrath, S. P.; Seneviratne, S. I.; Smith, P.; Winkel, L. H. E. (2017) Selenium deficiency risk predicted to increase under future climate change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 114(11), 2848-2853, doi:10.1073/pnas.1611576114, Institutional Repository
Müller, C.; Elliott, J.; Chryssanthacopoulos, J.; Arneth, A.; Balkovic, J.; Ciais, P.; Deryng, D.; Folberth, C.; Glotter, M.; Hoek, S.; Iizumi, T.; Izaurralde, R. C.; Jones, C.; Khabarov, N.; Lawrence, P.; Liu, W.; Olin, S.; Pugh, T. A. M.; Ray, D. K.; Reddy, A.; Rosenzweig, C.; Ruane, A. C.; Sakurai, G.; Schmid, E.; Skalsky, R.; Song, C. X.; Wang, X.; de Wit, A.; Yang, H. (2017) Global gridded crop model evaluation: benchmarking, skills, deficiencies and implications, Geoscientific Model Development, 10(4), 1403-1422, doi:10.5194/gmd-10-1403-2017, Institutional Repository
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
To the library
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 p, Institutional Repository
Hoffmann, S.; Hunkeler, D.; Maurer, M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen. Thematische Synthese 3 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung», 83 p, Institutional Repository
Maurer, M.; Chawla, F.; von Horn, J.; Staufer, P. (2012) Abwasserentsorgung 2025 in der Schweiz, 232 p, Institutional Repository
Kunz, Y.; von Gunten, U.; Maurer, M. (2009) Wasserversorgung 2025. Vorprojekt Standortbestimmung im Auftrag des BAFU, 198 p, Institutional Repository

Consulting and knowledge transfer

Experts

Dr. Karim Abbaspour
  • drinking water
  • groundwater
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
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