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Verena Germann

Verena Germann
Postdoctoral researcher working on sustainability assessment of (sanitation) systems and trade-off analysis with a passion for interdisciplinary collaborations.


After working on sanitation system planning and modelling in my master thesis, my interests and expertise evolved throughout my doctorate to a more interdisciplinary work environment at the science-society-policy interface. I enrolled in the Transitions to Sustainability (T2S) Doctoral School with its goal of promoting and supporting inter- and transdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable development. My previous work aimed at improving the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation as part of the UN 2030 Agenda. My research focused on the development and evaluation of coherent policy-options to boost the implementation at the example of Austria and on the assessment of methods to evaluate interactions between different SDG entities.

Here at SLU I work in the system analysis group lead by Jennifer McConville. My work focuses on assessing the sustainability of different (sanitation) systems for resource recovery and identifying and balancing trade-offs between sustainability aspects related to these systems. Particularly when it comes to trade-offs, an interdisciplinary perspective appears to be important, thus I am glad to be part of the interdisciplinarty academy (IDA) at SLU.


Doctoral thesis in Sustainability Science within the Transitions to Sustainability (T2S) Doctoral School at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria

Bachelor and master degree of civil engineering and water management at BOKU

Selected publications

Germann, V.; Borgwardt, F.; Fischer, J.; Fuchs-Hanusch, D.; Regelsberger, M.; Schubert, G.; Uhmann, A.; Langergraber, G. 2023: Development and Evaluation of Options for Action to Progress on the SDG 6 Targets in Austria. Journal of Environmental Management. Volume 325, Part B.

Germann, V.; Langergraber, G. 2022: Going Beyond Global Indicators - Policy Relevant Indicators for SDG 6 Targets in the Context of Austria. Sustainability. 14(3), 1647.

Horvath, S.-M., Muhr, M.M., Kirchner, M., Toth, W., Germann, V., Hundscheid, L., Vacik, H., Scherz, M., Kreiner, H., Fehr, F., Borgwardt, F., Gühnemann, A., Becsi, B., Schneeberger, A., Gratzer, G., 2022: Handling a Complex Agenda: A Review and Assessment of Methods to Analyse SDG Entity Interactions. Environmental Science & Policy. 131, 160–176.

Spuhler, D; Germann, V; Kassa, K; Ketema, AA; Sherpa, AM; Sherpa, MG; Maurer, M; Luthi, C; Langergraber, G: Developing Sanitation Planning Options: A Tool For Systematic Consideration of Novel Technologies and Systems. Journal of Environmental Management. 271.



Postdoctor at the Department of Energy and Technology; Environmental Engineering
Postal address:
Inst för energi och teknik, Box 7032
Visiting address: Lennart Hjelms väg 9, Uppsala