Inputs for Societal Decision Making

Integrating social-, natural- and engineering sciences

Decisions regarding the allocation and management of water resources, investment in water infrastructure and environmental protection almost always involve conflicting interests. Scientific input can help decision makers and resource managers anticipate the consequences of interventions. Socio-economic and policy analysis provides insight into the contexts in which decisions are made and implemented.

News

May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022Eawag researchers Sabine Hoffmann, Kai Udert and Lisa Deutsch are committed to a sanitation and nutrient transformation. They use an example to explain why a transformation is needed and why collaboration with politicians in particular is a challenge.

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May 2, 2022

May 2, 2022Ozonation is an established treatment process to remove micropollutants from wastewater. However, since unstable toxic reaction products can be formed in the process, biological post-treatment is necessary. Results from the Ecotox Centre and Eawag show how well different post-treatment methods reduce ecotoxicological effects. The combination of ozonation and activated carbon proved to be the most effective.

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Scientific publications

MohammadiPeyhani, H.; Hafner, J.; Sveshnikova, A.; Viterbo, V.; Hatzimanikatis, V. (2022) Expanding biochemical knowledge and illuminating metabolic dark matter with ATLASx, Nature Communications, 13, 1560 (12 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-022-29238-z, Institutional Repository
Heiberg, J.; Truffer, B. (2022) Overcoming the harmony fallacy: how values shape the course of innovation systems, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 42, 411-428, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2022.01.012, Institutional Repository
Truffer, B.; Rohracher, H.; Kivimaa, P.; Raven, R.; Alkemade, F.; Carvalho, L.; Feola, G. (2022) A perspective on the future of sustainability transitions research, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 42, 331-339, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2022.01.006, Institutional Repository
Haag, F.; Aubert, A. H.; Lienert, J. (2022) ValueDecisions, a web app to support decisions with conflicting objectives, multiple stakeholders, and uncertainty, Environmental Modelling and Software, 150, 105361 (19 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2022.105361, Institutional Repository
To the library

Events

25. - 28.10.​2022,
9.00 am
En ligne

PEAK-Cours d'enseignement appliqué A32/22-fr

Publications for practitioners

Consulting and knowledge transfer

Water Timeline
History of Swiss Water Protection since 1800

Water Agenda 21

Swiss Water Association (VSA)

Experts

Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
Dr. Nadja Contzen
  • environmental psychology
  • transdisciplinary research
  • behaviour change
  • health psychology
  • public acceptability
Dr. Lauren Cook
  • planning of infrastructure
  • climate change
  • modeling
  • sustainable water management
  • urban water management
Dr. Fabrizio Fenicia
  • groundwater
  • modeling
Dr. Manuel Fischer
  • environmental policy
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Sabine Hoffmann
  • sustainable water management
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold
  • science-policy interface
  • environmental policy
Dr. Judit Lienert
  • decision analysis
  • transdisciplinary research
  • sustainable water management
  • stakeholder participation
Dr. Ivana Logar
  • decision analysis
  • sustainable water management
  • environmental economics
Prof. Dr. Max Maurer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • sustainable water management
  • urban sanitation
  • urban water management
  • urine separation
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Morgenroth
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • nutrients
  • urban water management
  • urban planning
  • urine separation
Prof. Dr. Peter Reichert
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
Dr. Nele Schuwirth
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower

Cover picture: Discussion of a revitalisation project on the river Töss. (Photo: Andri Bryner)