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

September 20, 2022

September 20, 2022Around 140 participants from public administration, private engineering firms and research took advantage of the Eawag Info Day in Lausanne to learn about and exchange information on new possibilities for collecting and using water data.

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August 24, 2022

August 24, 2022Of over a thousand lakes studied worldwide, about one in ten shows strange behaviour. In general, there is an increasing tendency for aquatic ecosystems to tip over. The ecological stability of lakes is decreasing, especially in regions with low GDP and large human populations.

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Scientific publications

Heiberg, J.; Truffer, B. (2022) The emergence of a global innovation system – A case study from the urban water sector, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 43, 270-288, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2022.04.007, Institutional Repository
Miörner, J.; Heiberg, J.; Binz, C. (2022) How global regimes diffuse in space - Explaining a missed transition in San Diego's water sector, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 44, 29-47, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2022.05.005, Institutional Repository
Yap, X. S.; Truffer, B. (2022) Contouring 'earth-space sustainability', Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 44, 185-193, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2022.06.004, Institutional Repository
Zia, A.; Schroth, A. W.; Hecht, J. S.; Isles, P.; Clemins, P. J.; Turnbull, S.; Bitterman, P.; Tsai, Y.; Mohammed, I. N.; Bucini, G.; Doran, E. M. B.; Koliba, C.; Bomblies, A.; Beckage, B.; Winter, J.; Adair, E. C.; Rizzo, D. M.; Gibson, W.; Pinder, G. (2022) Climate change-legacy phosphorus synergy hinders lake response to aggressive water policy targets, Earth's Future, 10(5), e2021EF002234 (17 pp.), doi:10.1029/2021EF002234, Institutional Repository
To the library

Events

25. - 28.10.​2022,
10.00 am
En ligne

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

01.12.​2022,
4.00 pm
Eawag Dübendorf

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. Manuel Fischer
  • environmental policy
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Sabine Hoffmann
  • sustainable water management
  • stakeholder participation
  • science-policy interface
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold
  • science-policy interface
  • environmental policy
Dr. Judit Lienert
  • decision analysis
  • public acceptability
  • sustainable water management
  • stakeholder participation
  • transdisciplinary research
Dr. Ivana Logar
  • sustainable water management
  • Ecosystem services
  • 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
Dr. Nele Schuwirth
  • aquatic ecology
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
  • multiple stressors
  • 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)