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

April 3, 2020

Researchers want to make use of the fact that coronaviruses excreted by infected individuals can be found in wastewater. If the viruses can be detected successfully, this may provide a much faster way of spotting a wave of infections than via testing of symptomatic individuals. To find out more, we interviewed Eawag researcher Christoph Ort.

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February 27, 2020

Precipitation varies substantially in terms of location and time. With climate change increasing this variability, urban stormwater systems are also affected – not least in Switzerland. How exactly their performance may change has been investigated by Eawag researcher Lauren Cook in the dissertation she has written at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA).

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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
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