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

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February 14, 2019

A study by environmental social scientist Mario Angst shows that reports in the media do not always reflect the issues that most concern organisations, public sector agencies, cantons and communities on a day-to-day basis.  Read more

February 11, 2019

Selenium is a difficult mineral to research, as it has a complex chemistry and is only found in the environment in the tiniest amounts. However, scientists at Eawag and ETH Zurich have now developed new methods of chemical analysis that, when combined with atmospheric models, allow assumptions to be made for the first time on the origins of selenium. Read more

Scientific publications

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
Angst, M. (2018) Bottom-up identification of subsystems in complex governance systems, Policy Studies Journal, doi:10.1111/psj.12301, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N.; Honti, M.; Logar, I.; Stamm, C. (2018) Multi-criteria decision analysis for integrated water quality assessment and management support, Water Research X, 1, 100010 (11 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2018.100010, Institutional Repository
Roni, P.; Åberg, U.; Weber, C. (2018) A review of approaches for monitoring the effectiveness of regional river habitat restoration programs, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 38(5), 1170-1186, doi:10.1002/nafm.10222, Institutional Repository
Harris-Lovett, S.; Lienert, J.; Sedlak, D. L. (2018) Towards a new paradigm of urban water infrastructure: identifying goals and strategies to support multi-benefit municipal wastewater treatment, Water, 10(9), 1127 (22 pp.), doi:10.3390/w10091127, 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

Experts

Dr. Karim Abbaspour
  • drinking water
  • groundwater
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
PD Dr. Heiko Gebauer
  • developing countries
  • urban planning
  • technology concepts
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling