HERUS Lab

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

Urban carbon footprints: a consumption-based approach for Swiss households

M. Pang; J. Meirelles; V. Moreau; C. Binder 

Environmental Research Communications. 2019-11-29. Vol. 2, num. 1, p. 011003. DOI : 10.1088/2515-7620/ab59c5.

Assessing the interplay between human mobility and mosquito borne diseases in urban environments

E. Massaro; D. Kondor; C. Ratti 

Scientific Reports. 2019-11-15. Vol. 9, p. 16911. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-019-53127-z.

Experiences of everyday mobility: How meaning is ascribed to modes

F. Meinherz 

Swiss Mobility Conference, Lausanne, Suisse, Octobre 14-15, 2019.

The next 30 years: From a long-term to a short-term vision with systems science tools

A. Pagani 

RE-MEET: ENTHUSIASM AND VISION, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 11 October 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.

Expected and experienced effects of participation –a systemic analysis of perceptions of researchers and practitioners in sustainability research

C. R. Binder; L. Fritz; T. Schilling 

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

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.

Pratiques de mobilité en Suisse: Une étude qualitative sur les choix modaux des pendulaires urbains et la mobilité au quotidien [Dataset]

F. Meinherz 

2019-08-20.

Transition of the Swiss phosphorus system towards a circular economy

C. R. Binder 

International Phosphorous Workshop 9, Switzerland, 8-12 July 2019.

Dynamics and drivers of phosphorus flows in Switzerland

C. R. Binder; M. Zimmermann 

International Phosphorous Workshop 9, Switzerland, 8-12 July 2019.

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

V. Superti 

PRODUCTIVE TERRITORIES WORKSHOP, Verona, Italy, 11.06.2019.

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.

Resilience Constructions: How to Make the Differences Between Theoretical Concepts Visible?

S. Böschen; C. R. Binder; A. Rathgeber 

Resilience in Social, Cultural and Political Spheres; Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2019. p. 344.

Selecting indicators for Country-level Applications

A. Merino-Saum; J. Pineda 

Indicators for an Inclusive Green Economy – Manual for Advanced Training; Geneva: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), 2019.

Selecting Green Economy Indicators

A. Merino-Saum; J. Pineda 

Indicators for an Inclusive Green Economy – Manual for Introductory Training; Geneva: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), 2019. p. 84.

Choosing Appropiate Frameworks for Green Economy Indicators

A. Merino-Saum 

Indicators for an Inclusive Green Economy – Manual for Introductory Training; Geneva: Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), 2019. p. 84.

An agent-based model framework for understanding the decisions of households and exploring bottom-up effects on housing sustainability

A. Pagani; R. Shinde; S. Hellweg; C. R. Binder 

2019. CISBAT, Lausanne, September 2019. p. 012142. DOI : 10.1088/1742-6596/1343/1/012142.

Participation-effect pathways in transdisciplinary sustainability research: An empirical analysis of researchers’ and practitioners’ perceptions using a systems approach

L. Fritz; T. Schilling; C. R. Binder 

Environmental Science and Policy. 2019. Vol. 102, p. 65-77. DOI : 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.08.010.

Assessing the contribution of Circular Economy to Urban Sustainability: an analysis based on the use of indicators

V. Superti; I. P. Baur; C. R. Binder 

World Resource Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, October 23-24, 2019.

Adopting sustainable practices: recommending the use of recycled concrete

V. Superti; I. Baur; C. R. Binder 

World Resource Forum, Geneva, 2019.

Assessing the contribution of Circular Economy to Urban Sustainability: an analysis based on the use of indicators

V. Superti; I. Baur; C. R. Binder 

World Resource Forum, 2019.

The energy transition – an integrative analysis

C. R. Binder 

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

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. 

Analyzing the resilience of a transition: an indicator-based approach for socio-technical systems

C. R. Binder; S. Mühlemeier; R. Wyss 

Handbook on Resilience of Socio-technical Systems; Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019. p. 168–196.

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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