At the interdisciplinary chair for Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), we design innovative concepts and tools on how to integrate knowledge from both the social as well as the natural sciences in order to measure, analyze, interpret and optimize human-environment interactions in urban areas.

Specifically, we develop:

  • interdisciplinary methods and models for analyzing and simulating cities as SETSs and assessing their sustainability, aiming at combining, qualitative data and “big data”,
  • transdisciplinary approaches to bring together scientific expertise and practical knowledge in order to develop and assess strategies for transition towards a more sustainable living in cities and
  • theoretical frameworks on pathways for transitions towards a sustainable living in cities.

Latest Publications

The energy transition – an integrative analysis

C. R. Binder 

8th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics, Salzburg, 26-27 September 2019.

Das Privatauto am Ufer des Rubikon: Müssen, Dürfen und Sollen in der Pendlermobilität

F. Meinherz 

2019-09-23. Great Transformation: Die Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften. Konferenz der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Jena, Germany, 23 – 27 september, 2019.

Towards housing sustainability: a framework for the decision-making process of tenants

A. Pagani; C. R. Binder 

2019-09-10. SBE19 Graz Sustainable Built Environment D-A-CH Conference 2019, Graz, Austria, 11 – 14 September 2019. p. 012093. DOI : 10.1088/1755-1315/323/1/012093.

Verso una Città Circolare. Prospettive e criticità legate al tema della sostenibilità

V. Superti 


The Scale-Dependent Behaviour of Cities: A Cross-Cities Multiscale Driver Analysis of Urban Energy Use

Y. Bettignies; J. Meirelles; G. Fernandez; F. Meinherz; P. Hoekman et al. 

Sustainability. 2019-06-02. Vol. 11, num. 12, p. 3246. DOI : 10.3390/su11123246.

An agenda for sustainability transitions research: State of the art and future directions

J. Koehler; F. W. Geels; F. Kern; J. Markard; E. Onsongo et al. 

Environmental Innovation And Societal Transitions. 2019-06-01. Vol. 31, p. 1-32. DOI : 10.1016/j.eist.2019.01.004.

Dinosaurs in transition? A conceptual exploration of local incumbents in the swiss and German energy transition

S. Muehlemeier 

Environmental Innovation And Societal Transitions. 2019-06-01. Vol. 31, p. 126-143. DOI : 10.1016/j.eist.2018.12.003.

Review of eco-industrial development around the globe: Recent progress and continuing challenges

Z. Liu; M. Adams; Z. Wen; G. Massard; H. Dong 

Resources Conservation And Recycling. 2019-04-01. Vol. 143, p. 111-113. DOI : 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.12.027.

GeoFarmer: A monitoring and feedback system for agricultural development projects

A. Eitzinger; J. Cock; K. Atzmanstorfer; C. R. Binder; P. Laderach et al. 

Computers And Electronics In Agriculture. 2019-03-01. Vol. 158, p. 109-121. DOI : 10.1016/j.compag.2019.01.049.

Percolation and Internet Science

F. Bagnoli; E. Bellini; E. Massaro; R. Rechtman 

Future Internet. 2019-02-02. Vol. 11, num. 2, p. 35. DOI : 10.3390/fi11020035.

The Advent of Practice Theories in Research on Sustainable Consumption: Past, Current and Future Directions of the Field

F. Corsini; R. Laurenti; F. Meinherz; F. P. Appio; L. Mora 

Sustainability. 2019-01-11. Vol. 11, num. 2. DOI : 10.3390/su11020341.

Tracing power relations in five sustainability research projects.

L. Fritz 

International Transdisciplinarity Conference: Joining Forces for Change, Gothenburg, Sweden, 10.09-13.09.2019.

From research to sustainability transitions – Identifying pathways to societal effects

T. Schilling / C. R. Binder Signer; R. T. Wyss (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 

Resilience and agency in mature sustainability transitions. Theoretical conceptualisation and empirical analysis of actor- & system-level dynamics in sociotechnical energy systems

M. S. Mühlemeier / C. R. Binder Signer (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 

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