Claudia R. Binder

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Full Professor +41 21 693 93 62

Citizenship : Swiss, Canadian

GR A2 392 (Bâtiment GR)
Station 2
CH-1015 Lausanne

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

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

GC A2 445 (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 2021

The Transition Workshop 2021 offers, in a Masterclass mode, a real-time engagement in the planning processes of the Greater Geneva - one of the most advanced and innovative urban areas worldwide.

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

  • Resource management and Industrial Ecology
  • Methods for analysing resource management issues
  • Material Flow Analysis
  • Extended input output analysis
  • Urban and regional metabolism
  • Applications to minerals, metals, water and energy
  • Course project based on industry and/or regional cases
  • Data sources, quality and uncertainty