Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

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The ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest multi-faculty universities of its kind in Switzerland . The ZHAW offers an attractive range of interdisciplinary degree programmes. As a team of highly diverse researchers from various disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, economics and environmental sciences the Institute of Sustainable Development at ZHAW (http://www.ine.zhaw.ch/) performs transdisciplinary projects. Building on its extensive knowledge and expertise and primarily adopting a socio-economic perspective, this institute provides research, services and education within the ZHAW Department of Logistics, Mobility and Sustainability looking at the main dimensions of sustainable development. A wide variety of research methods is available for the development of concepts, models, strategies and evaluation processes supporting the development of sustainable mobility and sustainable transportation systems on a participatory and interdisciplinary basis. The major focus within our future orientated research activities lies in the interdependency of mobility and society:

  • Analysis of changing needs of mobility demand: Foresight of major social developments and its requirements and impacts on offer and demand in mobility and transportation facilities.

  • Design planning based strategies of action: Support policy development and implementation with new tools and models for the development of transport scenarios and guidance measures.

  • Identification of needs and research for technical solutions: Assistance of market driven innovations for sustainable development in the mobility and transportation sector.

On national and European level, ZHAW has participated within multiple projects focusing on sustainability and its complex interrelation with society.


Key Personnel


  • Dr Merja Hoppe

    Merja has a PhD in Geography from the Philipps-University Marburg. At the Institute of Sustainable Development at ZHAW (ine-ZHAW), she is responsible to build up the research area of sustainable mobility and transportation systems. In the last years, she has been studying the concurrence of transportation, spatial and demographic development, as well as mobility behaviour. In her previous position as senior economist at Credit Suisse, she has been advising public administrations and the Swiss railway in the issues mentioned. Merja is used to the provision of scientific policy advice, on EU level she contributed within COMET (EESD-FP5) by doing a comparative analysis of European metropolises.

  • Vicente Carabias-Hütter

    He is responsible for European cooperation at the ZHAW. Leading the former Swiss contribution to PASTILLE (EESD-FP5), to INTELCITIES (IST-FP6), to REFORM (KnowReg2-FP6) and contributing to FP7 projects currently at JRC-IPTS, he is experienced in multi-cultural collaboration and networking. Besides, he has elaborated expertise in the development, application and benchmarking of sustainability indicators, development and application of assessment tools, the context analysis of ecological behaviour as well as to foresight-research by applying the Delphi Expert questioning and scenario development methods in various regional contexts over the last ten years (currently at JRC-IPTS).