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

February 11, 2021

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Eawag has long attached great importance to the engagement of women and the promotion of female careers.

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February 4, 2021

Surfaces which are frequently touched by many different people may be contaminated with the coronavirus, but the risk of infection via this route is low. However, regular collection of samples from door handles, buttons or keypads could be useful for monitoring the course of the pandemic.

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Scientific publications

Leal, M. C.; Anaya-Rojas, J. M.; Munro, M. H. G.; Blunt, J. W.; Melian, C. J.; Calado, R.; Lürig, M. D. (2020) Fifty years of capacity building in the search for new marine natural products, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 117(39), 24165-24172, doi:10.1073/pnas.2007610117, Institutional Repository
Spuhler, D.; Scheidegger, A.; Maurer, M. (2020) Comparative analysis of sanitation systems for resource recovery: influence of configurations and single technology components, Water Research, 186, 116281 (18 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.116281, Institutional Repository
Schippl, J.; Truffer, B. (2020) Directionality of transitions in space: diverging trajectories of electric mobility and autonomous driving in urban and rural settlement structures, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 37, 345-360, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2020.10.007, Institutional Repository
Duygan, M.; Stauffacher, M.; Meylan, G. (2021) What constitutes agency? Determinants of actors' influence on formal institutions in Swiss waste management, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 162, 120413 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120413, Institutional Repository
Spuhler, D.; Germann, V.; Kassa, K.; Abebe Ketema, A.; Manandhar Sherpa, A.; Gyalzen Sherpa, M.; Maurer, M.; Lüthi, C.; Langergraber, G. (2020) Developing sanitation planning options: a tool for systematic consideration of novel technologies and systems, Journal of Environmental Management, 271, 111004 (21 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111004, Institutional Repository
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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. Fabrizio Fenicia
  • groundwater
  • modeling
Dr. Manuel Fischer
  • environmental policy
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Dr. Sabine Hoffmann
  • sustainable water management
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold
  • science-policy interface
  • environmental policy
Dr. Judit Lienert
  • decision analysis
  • transdisciplinary research
  • sustainable water management
  • stakeholder participation
Dr. Ivana Logar
  • decision analysis
  • sustainable water management
  • 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
Prof. Dr. Peter Reichert
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
Dr. Nele Schuwirth
  • decision analysis
  • modeling
  • surface water
  • transdisciplinary research
Dr. Jonas Sukys
  • modeling
  • transdisciplinary research
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling