Claudia R. Binder

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Full Professor +41 21 693 93 62

Citizenship: Swiss, Canadian, Colombian

GR C1 482 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
1015 Lausanne

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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 / Theory masterclass

The Transition Workshop1_ Theory Masterclass is the first theoretical part of a complete interdisciplinary and intensive training on the pathways for decarbonizing and resilient cities and regions, entitled Transition Workshop.

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

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.