The HES Group

In the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group we conduct problem-driven environmental research. Currently we focus on analysing pathways for creating a sustainable electricity system for Europe and beyond, studying means to mitigate human vulnerability to climate and other natural hazards, and understanding the effects of policies on the use and protection of natural resources.

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Latest News

2014/11/10 – Presentation at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Natural Resource Policy and Law group member Guillaume de Buren will present the results of the Alpeau Interreg research project at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Forest Division.

2014/11/13 – Water Symposium in Schiltach/Schwarzwald Germany

Natural Resource Policy and Law group member Eva Lieberherr will moderate the 7th Hansgrohe Water Symposium titled "Water Technology of the Future".

Research Units

We have three research units: Electricity decarbonization, Climate change adaptation and natural hazards, and Natural Resource Policy and Law. The third research unit is independently funded but is embedded within the HES group

Latest Publications

  • Blumer, Y., Lilliestam, J., Moser, C., Seidl, R. (2014). Eine Frage der Perspektive: energiesicherheit in der Debatte um die Schweizer Energiezukunft. Bulletin-online (3.10.2014)
  • Komendantova, N., Pfenninger, S., Patt, A., (2014). Governance Risks as Barriers for Deployment of Renewable Energy Projects in the Mediterranean Region. International Spectator. DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2014.907627
  • Pfenninger, S., Gauché, P., Lilliestam, J., Damerau, K., Wagner, F., Patt, A.: The potential for concentrating solar power systems to provide baseload and dispatchable power, Nature Climate Change 4, 689-692. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2276

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