Prof. Claudia Binder

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL - Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Claudia R. Binder holds the chair Swiss Mobiliar Chair for Urban Ecology at ENAC, EPFL and is the head of the laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems at EPFL. She holds a PhD in environmental sciences and a venia legendi in Human-Environment Systems, both from ETHZ. From 2006-2009 she was assistant professor for Social and Industrial Ecology, University of Zurich; from 2009-2011 full professor for Systems Sciences, University of Graz, Austria; from 2011-2016 full professor for Human Environment Relations at the Department of Geography, University of Munich. Since 2016 she is full professor at EPFL. Furthermore, she is the academic director of the interdisciplinary teaching program “design together” and member of the directorate of the Energy Center.

Claudia Binder is a founding Member of the “European Group for the Study of Socio-Ecological and Socio-Technical Systems”. Since 2016 she is member of the research council of the Swiss National Science Foundation / Division IV. Her research interests lie in analyzing, modeling and assessing transitions or urban systems towards sustainability. In doing so, she develops inter-and transdisciplinary methods which are able to depict the key aspects of the ecological and the social systems and moreover the relations, feedbacks, and regulatory mechanisms between them. Her application areas are in energy, phosphorous, and food in the context of urban and peri-urban areas in Europe and Latin America. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications in renowned journals such as Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics, Environment Science and Technology and Industrial Ecology. With her team she has organized and co-organized more than 18 conferences and guided over 20 stakeholder work-shops ranging from scenario development, eliciting and consolidating system knowledge, and result dissemination.

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