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.


November 19, 2019

It's World Toilet Day today. What may sound curious is intended to draw attention to a serious problem. Because worldwide, one in three people lack access to appropriate sanitation. In the Blue Diversion Autarky project, researchers are developing an off-grid toilet, with on-site treatment allowing valuable resources to be recovered.

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October 30, 2019

What developments do urban water researchers and professionals see as important – or worthy of scepticism? A pioneering horizon scan conducted by Eawag scientists indicates that, for this community, digitalisation is a particular concern – in a positive and negative sense. In this interview, Frank Blumensaat, an environmental engineer at ETH Zurich and Eawag, discusses the opportunities and risks it creates in the urban water field.

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Scientific publications

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
Alcolea, A.; Contreras, S.; Hunink, J. E.; García-Aróstegui, J. L.; Jiménez-Martínez, J. (2019) Hydrogeological modelling for the watershed management of the Mar Menor coastal lagoon (Spain), Science of the Total Environment, 663, 901-914, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.375, Institutional Repository
Fischer, M.; Nguyen, M.; Strande, L. (2019) Context matters: horizontal and hierarchical network governance structures in Vietnam's sanitation sector, Ecology and Society, 24(3), 17 (14 pp.), doi:10.5751/ES-11036-240317, Institutional Repository
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Dr. Christian Binz
  • decentralized systems
  • innovation
  • global change
  • sustainable transitions
  • urban water management
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
  • biogeochemistry
  • sustainable water management
  • water treatment
  • water quality
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Hong Yang
  • decision analysis
  • modeling