Staff

Dorothee Spuhler

Dorothee Spuhler

Dr. Eng. Environment ETH, Postdoctoral Researcher

Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

About Me

Dr. Eng. Environment ETH

I develop methods and tools to support planning and decision making related to (urban) water and waste management. 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.

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Projects

Development of systematic but generic methods for the generation of locally appropriate sanitation system options and for the quantification of sustainability performance indicators.
An inter- and transdisciplinary strategic research program that strives to develop novel non-gridconnected water and sani- tation systems that can function as comparable alternatives to network-based systems.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Address

E-Mail: dorothee.spuhler@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5628
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC F25

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Research Focus

Sustainable Urban Water Management

Strategic Sanitation Planning

Resource recovery potentials and environmental emissions of sanitation systems

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