Judit Lienert

Dr. Judit Lienert

Group Leader, Cluster: DA (Decision Analysis)

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

Leader of the Cluster Decision Analysis

in Department Environmental Social Sciences

Research interests

  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA)
  • Environmental decision making
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to integrate "hard facts" and "subjective values"
  • Simplify decision processes to increase their practicability
  • Problem structuring, elicitation of stakeholder preferences, behavioral aspects, dealing with uncertainty
  • Transdisciplinary approaches to involve stakeholders in applied projects

Empirical Focus

  • Sustainable Urban Water Management
  • Management of Ecosystem Services



  • Please see the projects on the Cluster Decision Analysis site
  • Urine source separation as new element in wastewater management: Novaquatis


The swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research 2008 was given to the project Novaquatis for its visionary, innovative and integrative approach in urban water management

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

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
Marttunen, M.; Belton, V.; Lienert, J. (2018) Are objectives hierarchy related biases observed in practice? A meta-analysis of environmental and energy applications of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, European Journal of Operational Research, 265(1), 178-194, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2017.02.038, Institutional Repository
Marttunen, M.; Lienert, J.; Belton, V. (2017) Structuring problems for multi-criteria decision analysis in practice: a literature review of method combinations, European Journal of Operational Research, 263(1), 1-17, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2017.04.041, Institutional Repository
Langhans, S. D.; Lienert, J. (2016) Four common simplifications of multi-criteria decision analysis do not hold for river rehabilitation, PLoS One, 11(3), e0150695 (27 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150695, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Duygan, M.; Zheng, J. (2016) Preference stability over time with multiple elicitation methods to support wastewater infrastructure decision-making, European Journal of Operational Research, 253(3), 746-760, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2016.03.010, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Scholten, L.; Egger, C.; Maurer, M. (2015) Structured decision-making for sustainable water infrastructure planning and four future scenarios, EURO Journal on Decision Processes, 3, 107-140, doi:10.1007/s40070-014-0030-0, Institutional Repository
Scholten, L.; Schuwirth, N.; Reichert, P.; Lienert, J. (2015) Tackling uncertainty in multi-criteria decision analysis – an application to water supply infrastructure planning, European Journal of Operational Research, 242(1), 243-260, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2014.09.044, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Schnetzer, F.; Ingold, K. (2013) Stakeholder analysis combined with social network analysis provides fine-grained insights into water infrastructure planning processes, Journal of Environmental Management, 125, 134-148, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.03.052, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Koller, M.; Konrad, J.; McArdell, C. S.; Schuwirth, N. (2011) Multiple-criteria decision analysis reveals high stakeholder preference to remove pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater, Environmental Science and Technology, 45(9), 3848-3857, doi:10.1021/es1031294, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Larsen, T. A. (2010) High acceptance of urine source separation in seven European countries: a review, Environmental Science and Technology, 44(2), 556-566, doi:10.1021/es9028765, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J.; Güdel, K.; Escher, B. I. (2007) Screening method for ecotoxicological hazard assessment of 42 pharmaceuticals considering human metabolism and excretory routes, Environmental Science and Technology, 41(12), 4471-4478, doi:10.1021/es0627693, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 5574
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC E28

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Research Group

Competence Cluster
Decision Analysis

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