Claudia R. Binder

Full Professor +41 21 693 93 62

Citizenship: Swiss, Canadian, Colombian

GR C1 482 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne

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GC A2 402 (Bâtiment GC)
Station 18
CH-1015 Lausanne

Administrative data

Fields of expertise

  • Transition research
  • Urban metabolism
  • Energy
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Regulatory mechanisms in human-environment systems
  • Systems science
  • Inter- and transdisciplinarity 

Teaching & PhD


Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Transition workshop

The TW offers an educational framework to accelerate the ecological transition of the built realm. It aims to deepen the knowledge on the built environment and its sustainable development, create/transmit design tools and methods for decarbonizing and resilient cities, and facing climate emergencies

Transition workshop / Theory masterclass

The course proposes a concise and rigorous overview to the issues and dimensions of the ecological transition in the spatial organization and transformation of the built environment, with a cross-disciplinary overview of data and tools to analyze the climate emergencies and and to face them.

Energy supply, economics and transition

Energy resources and reduction of CO2 emissions (Christophe Ballif)
  • Current and future CO2 and CO2 equivalent emissions, impact on climate
  • Available resources and their properties (finite resources like fossil, nuclear fuel, vs hydro, non-hydro, renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal biomass)
  • Energy statistics, direct cost of various energy sou

Sustainability assessment of urban systems

This course provides students with the ability to critically reflect on sustainability and perform a sustainability assessment based of problems in urban areas. At the end of the course students are able to develop a own sustainability assessment with the Sustainability Solution Space methodology.

Material and energy flow analysis

This course provides the bases to understand material and energy production and consumption processes. Students learn how to develop a material flow analysis and apply it to cases of resource management. They analyze the implications of their models on resource use, economic activities and policy.