General Interests: Multi-Agent System modeling; Psychology of the long-term: understanding of (the perception and representation of) climate change and other slowly evolving risks; tipping points and thresholds in society/social systems; socio-technical issues in societies
Annalisa Stefanelli (PostDoc):Project IMES-SE
David Müller (MSc student): Project IMES-SE. Master thesis on the energy network involved in a multi-energy hub
Ursin Gstöhl (BSc student): Project IMES-SE
Christiane Plum (PhD): Project SoReShi
Gurjot Sidhu (MSc student): Modeling forest use in Tajikistan
Nuclear and hazardous waste
Comparison of the perception of nuclear and hazardous waste. Funding by the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra). Report available soon.
Behavioural economics for energy and climate change policies and the transition to a sustainable energy system
Funding agency: Swedish Energy Agency. Period: Oct 2015–Oct 2018. Cooperation with Lund University.
Using formal social networks to promote energy sufficient behavior in cities.
National Research Program NRP 71 – "Managing energy consumption" – together with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, School of Engineering. Start 10/01/2014. Details on the pages of NRP71.
Integration of sustainable multi-energy-hub systems from a societal perspective IMES-SE
National Research Programme NRP 70 – "Energy Turnaround" – together with the ETH Energy Science Center as part of the project Integration of sustainable Multi-Energy-hub Systems at neighbourhood scale (IMES). Start November 2014. Lead: Roman Seidl, PostDoc: Timo von Wirth. Details
Societal Regime Shifts (SoReShi) in Coupled Systems of Mountain Regions
Project (lead: Roman Seidl) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). A doctoral student started in January 2014: Project details
Tipping points in public opinion. A Multi-Agent System simulating shifts from indifferent and ambivalent to polarized opinions
Committee member of Annalisa Stefanelli's thesis defense in November 2016. Annalisa worked on this project in which we investigate the opinion dynamics regarding radioactive waste repositories in Switzerland.
Guideline for assessing barriers to Low Carbon Technologies in Buildings. Report can be downloaded here.
Mineralischer Recyclingdünger in der Schweiz – Modul A: Akzeptanz von Phosphor aus Rückgewinnung
See web site, report can be downloaded here.
Sustainable land-use practices in mountain regions: Integrative analysis of ecosystem dynamics under global change, socio-economic impacts and policy implications.
Project on Sustainable Waste Management Options. Grégoire Meylan successfully defended his thesis and now works at Yale. Project finished. See Publications for two joint papers on this topic.
Analyse der Schweizer Energieversorgungssicherheit – eine Abschätzung der Verwundbarkeit des Energiesystem
Committee member of Yann Blumer's thesis defense. Title of his thesis: "Non-technical challenges for the transition of energy systems". This project has been finished by the end of 2013. See the reports for the Federal Office of Energy, to be accessed via the project homepage.
Values and opinions in the disposal of radioactive waste
(Werthaltungen und Meinungen bei der Entsorgung radioaktiver Abfälle) [Finished » report] Project funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE/BFE).