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

  • Awards
    Haag, F., Lienert, J., Schuwirth, N, Reichert, P. OMEGA Best Paper Award 2019: Identifying non-additive multi-attribute value functions based on uncertain indifference statements. OMEGA 85: 49-67.
  • Marttunen, M., Lienert, J., Belton, V. EURO Award for Best EJOR Paper. Structuring Problems for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in practice: A literature review of method combinations. Assoc. of Europ. Operational Res. Societies, 30. EURO Conference, Dublin 26.6.19
  • Die Schweizer Akademien der Wissenschaften haben den Preis "td-net for transdisciplinary research" 2008 an Novaquatis verliehen als Auszeichnung für den innovativen und integrativen Ansatz in der Siedlungswasserwirtschaft

CV / Publications

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Hoffmann, S.; Feldmann, U.; Bach, P. M.; Binz, C.; Farrelly, M.; Frantzeskaki, N.; Hiessl, H.; Inauen, J.; Larsen, T. A.; Lienert, J.; Londong, J.; Lüthi, C.; Maurer, M.; Mitchell, C.; Morgenroth, E.; Nelson, K. L.; Scholten, L.; Truffer, B.; 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
Marttunen, M.; Haag, F.; Belton, V.; Mustajoki, J.; Lienert, J. (2019) Methods to inform the development of concise objectives hierarchies in multi-criteria decision analysis, European Journal of Operational Research, 277(2), 604-620, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2019.02.039, Institutional Repository
Haag, F.; Lienert, J.; Schuwirth, N.; Reichert, P. (2019) Identifying non-additive multi-attribute value functions based on uncertain indifference statements, Omega: the international journal of management science, 85, 49-67, doi:10.1016/, Institutional Repository
Aubert, A. H.; Bauer, R.; Lienert, J. (2018) A review of water-related serious games to specify use in environmental Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Environmental Modelling and Software, 105, 64-78, doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.03.023, 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
Zheng, J.; Lienert, J. (2018) Stakeholder interviews with two MAVT preference elicitation philosophies in a Swiss water infrastructure decision: aggregation using SWING-weighting and disaggregation using UTAGMS, European Journal of Operational Research, 267(1), 273-287, doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2017.11.018, 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
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
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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Expert of

decision analysis, transdisciplinary research, sustainable water management, stakeholder participation

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Research Group

Competence Cluster
Decision Analysis

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