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

January 4, 2022

The honourable Natural Research Society of Zurich has just published its 224th New Year's Bulletin. It is devoted entirely to the eight square kilometre Greifensee, which Eawag is also researching intensively.

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December 7, 2021

With around 200 pictures and texts, the new Water Timeline takes you through 200 years of the eventful history of Swiss water protection. It aims to show how shifts towards more sustainable management of natural resources can be shaped. 

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Scientific publications

Hacker, M. E.; Binz, C. (2021) Navigating institutional complexity in socio-technical transitions, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 40, 367-381, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2021.09.003, Institutional Repository
Heiberg, J.; Truffer, B.; Binz, C. (2022) Assessing transitions through socio-technical configuration analysis – a methodological framework and a case study in the water sector, Research Policy, 51(1), 104363 (19 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.respol.2021.104363, Institutional Repository
Ashraf Vaghefi, S.; Muccione, V.; van Ginkel, K. C. H.; Haasnoot, M. (2021) Using decision making under deep uncertainty (DMDU) approaches to support climate change adaptation of Swiss Ski Resorts, Environmental Science and Policy, 126, 65-78, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2021.09.005, Institutional Repository
Angst, M.; Mewhirter, J.; McLaughlin, D.; Fischer, M. (2021) Who joins a forum - and who does not? Evaluating drivers of forum participation in polycentric governance systems, Public Administration Review, doi:10.1111/puar.13427, Institutional Repository
Manny, L.; Duygan, M.; Fischer, M.; Rieckermann, J. (2021) Barriers to the digital transformation of infrastructure sectors, Policy Sciences, 54, 943-983, doi:10.1007/s11077-021-09438-y, Institutional Repository
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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. 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
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer
  • wastewater
  • decentralized technologies
  • transdisciplinary research
  • hydropower