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

PhD Programs

Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City

Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Program Digital Humanities

Doctoral Program in Technology Management


Transition workshop 2022

(Coursebook not yet approved by the section)

Transition workshop 2022 / Theory masterclass

(Coursebook not yet approved by the section)

Energy supply, economics and transition

This course examines the supply of energy from various angles: available resources, how they can be combined or substituted, their private and social costs, whether they can meet the demand, and how the transition to a renewable energy system can be fostered.

Environmental system analysis and assessment

Facing environmental challenges requires to address it with a systemic perspective. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Material Flow Analysis (MFA) are environmental assessment methods enabling the calculation of environmental performance of products, services and territories.

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.