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.


August 5, 2019

The efforts for clean water are having an effect: According to the European Environment Agency, over 85 percent of bathing sites in European waters have excellent water quality. Read more

July 30, 2019

Ebola is a deadly viral infection that has so far mainly been present in Central and West Africa. Many people in those regions are either unfamiliar with the disease, do not believe in it, or don’t know how to prevent infection. For this reason, UNICEF was active in The Gambia, West Africa, among other places, between 2014 and 2016, running information campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Read more

Scientific publications

Lieberherr, E.; Ingold, K. (2019) Actors in water governance: barriers and bridges for coordination, Water, 11(2), 326 (17 pp.), doi:10.3390/w11020326, Institutional Repository
Aubert, A. H.; Medema, W.; Wals, A. E. J. (2019) Towards a framework for designing and assessing game-based approaches for sustainable water governance, Water, 11(4), 869 (19 pp.), doi:10.3390/w11040869, Institutional Repository
Logar, I.; Brouwer, R.; Paillex, A. (2019) Do the societal benefits of river restoration outweigh their costs? A cost-benefit analysis, Journal of Environmental Management, 232, 1075-1085, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.11.098, Institutional Repository
Marttunen, M.; Weber, C.; Åberg, U.; Lienert, J. (2019) Identifying relevant objectives in environmental management decisions: an application to a national monitoring program for river restoration, Ecological Indicators, 101, 851-866, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.11.042, Institutional Repository
Yap, X.-S.; Truffer, B. (2019) Shaping selection environments for industrial catch-up and sustainability transitions: a systemic perspective on endogenizing windows of opportunity, Research Policy, 48, 1030-1047, doi:10.1016/j.respol.2018.10.002, Institutional Repository
To the library
Lanz, K.; Rahn, E.; Siber, R.; Stamm, C. (2014) Bewirtschaftung der Wasserressourcen unter steigendem Nutzungsdruck, 84 p, Institutional Repository
Hoffmann, S.; Hunkeler, D.; Maurer, M. (2014) Nachhaltige Wasserversorgung und Abwasserentsorgung in der Schweiz. Herausforderungen und Handlungsoptionen. Thematische Synthese 3 im Rahmen des Nationalen Forschungsprogramms NFP 61 «Nachhaltige Wassernutzung», 83 p, Institutional Repository
Maurer, M.; Chawla, F.; von Horn, J.; Staufer, P. (2012) Abwasserentsorgung 2025 in der Schweiz, 232 p, Institutional Repository
Kunz, Y.; von Gunten, U.; Maurer, M. (2009) Wasserversorgung 2025. Vorprojekt Standortbestimmung im Auftrag des BAFU, 198 p, Institutional Repository

Consulting and knowledge transfer