Department Environmental Social Sciences

CrossWater - Transboundary Micropollution Regulation in Europe: the definition of appropriate management scales


One major challenge faced in environmental management is to adapt the spatial scale of regulation to specific environmental problems. From a natural science perspective, the appropriate scale of management units can be defined by the boundaries beyond which physical, chemical or biological processes have no effect on the environmental problem. However, actual political management units rarely match these ideal states. This is particularly true for transboundary water pollution in general, and micropollution regulation in particular, where different jurisdictions tend to produce diverse policy solutions and implement divergent instruments to tackle the very same problem within the same hydrological catchment area. In this research project we adopt an interdisciplinary approach combining mass flux analysis with political science and economic geography and ask the question: How can the potential mismatch between the physical extent of pollution and the respective political areas of action and regulation towards micropollution be visualized and grasped in order to design effective and efficient micropollution regulation?

Related PhD project by Florence MetzHow to explain instrument selection in complex policy processes

Project team

Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold Group leader, Cluster: PEGO Tel. +41 58 765 5676 Send Mail
Dr. Christian Stamm Deputy Head of Department Tel. +41 58 765 5565 Send Mail

Related Publications

Hering, J. G.; Ingold, K. M. (2012) Water resources management: what should be integrated?, Science, 336(6086), 1234-1235, doi:10.1126/science.1218230, Institutional Repository
Ingold, K.; Fischer, M.; de Boer, C.; Mollinga, P. P. (2016) Water management across borders, scales and sectors: recent developments and future challenges in water policy analysis, Environmental Policy and Governance, 26(4), 223-228, doi:10.1002/eet.1713, Institutional Repository
Metz, F.; Ingold, K. (2014) Sustainable wastewater management: is it possible to regulate micropollution in the future by learning from the Past? A policy analysis, Sustainability, 6(4), 1992-2012, doi:10.3390/su6041992, Institutional Repository