Staff

Christian Binz

Dr. Christian Binz

Group Leader, Cluster: Cirus

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

Christian is a tenure-track group leader in the cluster Sustainable Transitions and Business Innovations (CIRUS) at the Department of Environmental Social Sciences at Eawag, and an Associate Post-Doctoral Researcher at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden.

He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Bern in 2012. Christian is a recipient of the Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Sustainability Science (2015) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has worked as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Lund University (Sweden), UC Berkeley (USA), Tsinghua University (China) and Eawag.

His main research interests are centered on the potential for transformative innovation in the water and energy sectors. By combining recent insights from transition studies, economic geography and institutional sociology, he aims to explore how multi-scalar institutional arrangements hinder or support radical innovation in clean-tech industries and sustainability transitions in key infrastructure sectors.

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Projects

GLORIWA assesses path dependencies in urban water management by analyzing the global actor structures and institutional rationalities that stabilize the current dominant design
The BARRIERS project aims at improving our understanding of the institutional barriers for radical innovation in UWM. It analyzes ‘lighthouse cities’ that experiment with non-grid UWM systems
Wings is an inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program that strives to develop novel non-grid-connected water and sanitation systems that can function as comparable alternatives to network-based systems.

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Publications

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Heiberg, J., Truffer, B., & Binz, C. (2022). Assessing transitions through socio-technical configuration analysis – a methodological framework and a case study in the water sector. Research Policy, 51(1), 104363 (19 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.respol.2021.104363, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Gong, H. (2021). Legitimation dynamics in industrial path development: new-to-the-world versus new-to-the-region industries. Regional Studies. doi:10.1080/00343404.2020.1861238, Institutional Repository
Hacker, M. E., & Binz, C. (2021). Institutional barriers to on-site alternative water systems: a conceptual framework and systematic analysis of the literature. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(12), 8267-8277. doi:10.1021/acs.est.0c07947, Institutional Repository
Hacker, M. E., & Binz, C. (2021). Navigating institutional complexity in socio-technical transitions. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 40, 367-381. doi:10.1016/j.eist.2021.09.003, Institutional Repository
Larsen, T. A., Gruendl, H., & Binz, C. (2021). The potential contribution of urine source separation to the SDG agenda - a review of the progress so far and future development options. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 7(7), 1161-1176. doi:10.1039/D0EW01064B, Institutional Repository
Miörner, J., & Binz, C. (2021). Towards a multi-scalar perspective on transition trajectories. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 40, 172-188. doi:10.1016/j.eist.2021.06.004, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Gosens, J., Yap, X. S., & Yu, Z. (2020). Catch-up dynamics in early industry lifecycle stages - a typology and comparative case studies in four clean-tech industries. Industrial and Corporate Change, 29(5), 1257-1275. doi:10.1093/icc/dtaa020, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Coenen, L., Murphy, J. T., & Truffer, B. (2020). Geographies of transition - from topical concerns to theoretical engagement: a commentary on the transitions research agenda. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34, 1-3. doi:10.1016/j.eist.2019.11.002, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2020). The governance of global innovation systems: putting knowledge in context. In J. Glückler, G. Herrigel, & M. Handke (Eds.), Knowledge and space: Vol. 15. Knowledge for governance (pp. 397-414). doi:10.1007/978-3-030-47150-7_17, Institutional Repository
Gosens, J., Binz, C., & Lema, R. (2020). China's role in the next phase of the energy transition: contributions to global niche formation in the Concentrated Solar Power sector. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34, 61-75. doi:10.1016/j.eist.2019.12.004, Institutional Repository
Heiberg, J., Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2020). The Geography of technology legitimation: how multiscalar institutional dynamics matter for path creation in emerging industries. Economic Geography, 96(5), 470-498. doi:10.1080/00130095.2020.1842189, Institutional Repository
Hipp, A., & Binz, C. (2020). Firm survival in complex value chains and global innovation systems: evidence from solar photovoltaics. Research Policy, 49(1), 103876 (16 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.respol.2019.103876, Institutional Repository
Hoffmann, S., Feldmann, U., Bach, P. M., Binz, C., Farrelly, M., Frantzeskaki, N., … Udert, K. M. (2020). A research agenda for the future of urban water management: exploring the potential of non-grid, small-grid, and hybrid solutions. Environmental Science and Technology, 54(9), 5312-5322. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b05222, Institutional Repository
Gebauer, H., & Binz, C. (2019). Regional benefits of servitization processes: evidence from the wind-to-energy industry. Regional Studies, 53(3), 366-375. doi:10.1080/00343404.2018.1479523, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Razavian, N. B., & Kiparsky, M. (2018). Of dreamliners and drinking water: developing risk regulation and a safety culture for direct potable reuse. Water Resources Management, 32(2), 511-525. doi:10.1007/s11269-017-1824-1, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Anadon, L. D. (2018). Unrelated diversification in latecomer contexts - the emergence of the Chinese solar photovoltaics industry. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 28, 14-34. doi:10.1016/j.eist.2018.03.005, Institutional Repository
Fuenfschilling, L., & Binz, C. (2018). Global socio-technical regimes. Research Policy, 47(4), 735-749. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2018.02.003, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2017). Anchoring global networks in urban niches. How on-site water recycling emerged in three chinese cities. In N. Frantzeskaki, V. Castán Broto, L. Coenen, & D. Loorbach (Eds.), Routledge Studies in Sustainability Transitions: Vol. 5. Urban Sustainability Transitions (pp. 23-36). doi:10.4324/9781315228389, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2017). Global innovation systems - a conceptual framework for innovation dynamics in transnational contexts. Research Policy, 46(7), 1284-1298. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2017.05.012, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Gosens, J., Hansen, T., & Hansen, U. E. (2017). Toward technology-sensitive catching-up policies: insights from renewable energy in China. World Development, 96, 418-437. doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.03.027, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Truffer, B., & Coenen, L. (2016). Path creation as a process of resource alignment and anchoring: industry formation for on-site water recycling in Beijing. Economic Geography, 92(2), 172-200. doi:10.1080/00130095.2015.1103177, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Harris-Lovett, S., Kiparsky, M., Sedlak, D. L., & Truffer, B. (2016). The thorny road to technology legitimation — Institutional work for potable water reuse in California. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 103, 249-263. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2015.10.005, Institutional Repository
Kiparsky, M., Thompson Jr., B. H., Binz, C., Sedlak, D. L., Tummers, L., & Truffer, B. (2016). Barriers to innovation in urban wastewater utilities: attitudes of managers in California. Environmental Management, 57(6), 1204-1216. doi:10.1007/s00267-016-0685-3, Institutional Repository
Harris-Lovett, S. R., Binz, C., Sedlak, D. L., Kiparsky, M., & Truffer, B. (2015). Beyond user acceptance: a legitimacy framework for potable water reuse in California. Environmental Science and Technology, 49(13), 7552-7561. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b00504, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Truffer, B., & Coenen, L. (2014). Why space matters in technological innovation systems-mapping global knowledge dynamics of membrane bioreactor technology. Research Policy, 43(1), 138-155. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2013.07.002, Institutional Repository
Li, L., Binz, C., Lu, Y., Truffer, B., & Shi, Y. (2013). Institutional trajectory for diffusing on-site wastewater treatment in urban China. Water Science and Technology, 68(5), 1180-1187. doi:10.2166/wst.2013.328, Institutional Repository
Truffer, B., Binz, C., Gebauer, H., & Störmer, E. (2013). Market success of on-site treatment: a systemic innovation problem. In T. A. Larsen, K. M. Udert, & J. Lienert (Eds.), Source Separation and Decentralization for Wastewater Management (pp. 209-223). London: IWA Publishing. , Institutional Repository
Binz, C., Truffer, B., Li, L., Shi, Y., & Lu, Y. (2012). Conceptualizing leapfrogging with spatially coupled innovation systems: the case of onsite wastewater treatment in China. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79(1), 155-171. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2011.08.016, Institutional Repository
Gebauer, H., Truffer, B., Binz, C., & Störmer, E. (2012). Capability perspective on business network formation: empirical evidence from the wastewater treatment industry. European Business Review, 24(2), 169-190. doi:10.1108/09555341211204026, Institutional Repository
Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2011). Technological innovation systems in multi-scalar space. Analyzing an emerging water recycling industry with social network analysis. Geographica Helvetica, 66(4), 254-260. doi:10.5194/gh-66-254-2011, Institutional Repository
Störmer, E., Binz, C., & Truffer, B. (2010). Globale Herausforderung für die Siedlungswasserwirtschaft. Ein Roadmapping für dezentrale Wassertechnologien im Jahr 2020. Technikfolgenabschätzung: Theorie und Praxis, 19(1), 40-48. Retrieved from http://www.tatup-journal.de/tatup101_stua10a.php, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: christian.binz@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5030
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC E11

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Expert of

decentralized systems, innovation, global change, sustainable transitions, urban water management

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Research Focus

  • Clean-tech innovation
  • Globalization
  • Institutions
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • China

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