Claudia R. Binder

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Full Professor +41 21 693 93 62

Citizenship : Swiss, Canadian

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

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GC A2 401 (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


Scenario development and analysis

The course aims at providing PhD students with 1. theoretical basis and key concepts of scenario development; 2. tools to perform a scenario analysis; 3. the possibilty to develop in groups of four persons scenarios themselves 4. critical reflection on th...

Transition Workshop 2020 Roadmaps for resilient decarbonizing cities

The Transition Workshop sets a new framework and action to accelerate the transition of cities by offering methods for decision makers forge appropriate rules and regulations and providing designers with interdisciplinary knowledge to address the objectiv...

Summer School on Designing for Resiliency: RE:GENERATE alpine-urban circularity

What makes a community and its livelihoods resilient, given the current social, economic and ecological pressures? What are community regeneration strategies in remote geographies, like mountains? During this PhD summer school in the Italian Alps, we will...

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 foste...

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...

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 re...

Organisation of a sustainable construction project

Initiation to the preparation and implementation of construction projects: organization (who does what, when and why?), conditions, challenges and risks, experiences. Particular emphasis on social and sustainable housing, in particular cooperatives and ec...