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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June 29, 2021

Groundwater is also an ecosystem, but little is known about the biodiversity underground. Eawag researchers have now documented the diversity of life in Swiss groundwater in a pilot study – and discovered previously unknown species of amphipods in the process. Here they relied on a citizen science approach.

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June 24, 2021

The OECD gives the green light to the fish cell line assay developed at Eawag. This paves the way for companies and authorities around the world to determine the environmental toxicology of chemicals without having to resort to animal testing.

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Scientific publications

Ward, B. J.; Andriessen, N.; Tembo, J. M.; Kabika, J.; Grau, M.; Scheidegger, A.; Morgenroth, E.; Strande, L. (2021) Predictive models using "cheap and easy" field measurements: can they fill a gap in planning, monitoring, and implementing fecal sludge management solutions?, Water Research, 196, 116997 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.116997, Institutional Repository
Duygan, M.; Kachi, A.; Oliveira, T. D.; Rinscheid, A. (2021) Introducing the Endowment-Practice-Institutions (EPI) framework for studying agency in the institutional contestation of socio-technical regimes, Journal of Cleaner Production, 296, 126396 (13 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.126396, Institutional Repository
Cassivi, A.; Tilley, E.; Waygood, E. O. D.; Dorea, C. (2021) Evaluating self-reported measures and alternatives to monitor access to drinking water: a case study in Malawi, Science of the Total Environment, 750, 141516 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141516, Institutional Repository
Spuhler, D.; Scheidegger, A.; Maurer, M. (2021) Ex-ante quantification of nutrient, total solids, and water flows in sanitation systems, Journal of Environmental Management, 280, 111785 (17 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111785, Institutional Repository
Judge, M.; de Hoog, O.; Perlaviciute, G.; Contzen, N.; Steg, L. (2021) From toilet to table: value-tailored messages influence emotional responses to wastewater products, Biotechnology for Biofuels, 14, 79 (12 pp.), doi:10.1186/s13068-021-01931-z, Institutional Repository
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