Dr. Eng. Environment ETH
I develop methods and tools to support planning and decision making related to (urban) water and waste management. I try to answer questions around how to build the sustainable sanitation systems combining novel and conventional technologies and considering local appropriateness, resource recovery, climate change, and stakeholder preferences. The aim is to enable practice and policy to consider novel technology and system configurations and their contribution to circular economies, ecological cities, and climate change adaption, particularly in rapidly expanding urban areas.
As a trained environmental engineer I combine expertise about technology design with methods from material flow analysis, sustainability evaluation, multi-criteria decision analysis, and participatory planning.
So far, I have been working mainly with human waste (excreta and urine, blackwater, and greywater) but I am currently expanding the scope of my methods to consider also stormwater and organic solid waste, and how different waste streams can be managed integrated in a sustainable citywide system.
Whenever possible, I adopt not only an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, but also a design thinking approach in close collaboration with partners from practice and policy in order to have a positive impact on society and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.