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.


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March 26, 2019

Freshwater lakes are teeming with blue-green algae that produce a heady cocktail of substances. Little is known as yet about the health risks associated with these substances, although a review of the literature by Eawag scientist Elisabeth Janssen has now revealed some potentially harmful effects. Read more

March 22, 2019

Today's Unesco World Water Day has the theme "Leave no one behind". Many people still do not have access to safe water and sanitary facilities for various reasons. But access to clean water alone is not enough, knows behavioural psychologist Hans-Joachim Mosler of the Department of Environmental Social Sciences. Read more

Scientific publications

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
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
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