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.


February 17, 2020

Eawag and the Eawag spin-off Vuna have made urine fertiliser production mobile. Today, the Urine Express will be presented at a very special location in Biel: next to the first public grass tennis court in Switzerland. In future, the tennis court is to be fertilised with urine fertiliser.

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November 19, 2019

It's World Toilet Day today. What may sound curious is intended to draw attention to a serious problem. Because worldwide, one in three people lack access to appropriate sanitation. In the Blue Diversion Autarky project, researchers are developing an off-grid toilet, with on-site treatment allowing valuable resources to be recovered.

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Scientific publications

Friedrich, M.; Balasundaram, T.; Muralidharan, A.; Raman, V.R.; Mosler, H.-J. (2019) Increasing latrine use in rural Karnataka, India using the risks, attitudes, norms, abilities, and self-regulation approach: a cluster-randomized controlled trial, Science of the Total Environment, 707, 135366 (9 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135366, Institutional Repository
Hipp, A.; Binz, C. (2020) Firm survival in complex value chains and global innovation systems: evidence from solar photovoltaics, Research Policy, 49(1), 103876 (16 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.respol.2019.103876, Institutional Repository
Kwasnicka, D.; Inauen, J.; Nieuwenboom, W.; Nurmi, J.; Schneider, A.; Short, C. E.; Dekkers, T.; Williams, A. J.; Bierbauer, W.; Haukkala, A.; Picariello, F.; Naughton, F. (2019) Challenges and solutions for N-of-1 design studies in health psychology, Health Psychology Review, 13(2), 163-178, doi:10.1080/17437199.2018.1564627, Institutional Repository
Blumensaat, F.; Leitão, J. P.; Ort, C.; Rieckermann, J.; Scheidegger, A.; Vanrolleghem, P. A.; Villez, K. (2019) How urban storm- and wastewater management prepares for emerging opportunities and threats: digital transformation, ubiquitous sensing, new data sources, and beyond – a horizon scan, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(15), 8488-8498, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b06481, Institutional Repository
Liu, X.; Tang, Q.; Liu, W.; Veldkamp, T. I. E.; Boulange, J.; Liu, J.; Wada, Y.; Huang, Z.; Yang, H. (2019) A spatially explicit assessment of growing water stress in China from the past to the future, Earth's Future, 7(9), 1027-1043, doi:10.1029/2019EF001181, Institutional Repository
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Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
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