Thomas Flüeler

portrait Dr. Thomas Flüeler
Senior Research Associate

Inst. für Elektr. Energieübertragung und Hochspannungstechnologie
ETH Zürich
Physikstrasse 3, Zentrum
CH-8092 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0) 43 259 41 70
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 632 41 86
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 12 52
E-mail: thomas.flueeler(at)
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Phone: +41 (0) 43 259 41 70
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 632 41 86
Fax: +41 (0) 44 632 12 52
E-mail: thomas.flueeler(at)
URL Institution:

Additional functions:
Advisory Committee in Radioactive Waste Research Programme of Federal Office of Energy (FOE/BFE)
Several functions in the ongoing radioactive waste disposal site-selection programme (sectoral plan,
See also
Swiss Federal Underground Research laboratory Mont Terri (swisstopo): Member and expert of Commission de suivi (oversight and advisory com-mittee of the Canton of Jura, advice to the Cantonal Government)

Key Publications of Thomas Flüeler (up to ten) :
1. Spreng, D., Flüeler, T., Goldblatt, D. L. & Minsch, J. (Eds., 2011). Tackling long-term global energy problems: the contribution of social science. Series Environment & Policy, Vol. 52. Dordrecht, NL: Springer.
2. Krütli, P., Flüeler, T., Stauffacher, M., Wiek, A. & Scholz, R.W. (2010) Technical safety vs. public involvement? A case study on the unrealised project for the disposal of nuclear waste at Wellenberg (Switzerland). Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. 7(3): 229-244. DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2010.506879.
3. Flüeler, T. (2006). Decision making for complex socio-technical systems. Robustness from lessons learned in long-term radioactive waste governance. Series Environment & Policy, Vol. 42. Sprin¬ger, Dordrecht NL.
4. Flüeler, T. & H. Seiler (2003): Risk-based regulation of technical risks: lessons learnt from case stud-ies in Switzerland. Journal of Risk Research. Vol. 6. Issue/No. 3. May 2003:213-231.
5. Flüeler, T. (2001): Options in radioactive waste management revisited: A framework for robust deci-sion-making. Journal of Risk Analysis. Vol. 21. No. 4. Aug. 2001:787-799.

Expertise of Thomas Flüeler:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeExpert Type
Scientific / Fundamental Research
Research Interface / Management
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Mitigation of Change
Topic Integrated SystemsIntegrated Systems and Ecology
Life Cycle
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseEconomy / Resource Use
Mineral Resources
Topic Politics/LawPolitics / Law
Topic SocietySociety
Organisations / Institutions
Topic Culture/HistoryCulture / History
Ethics / Cultural Values
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementTopic Risk and Disaster Management
Risk Assessment / Forecasting
Data Collection - Documents, Archives
Policy Analysis and Formation
Integrated Assessment

Specialties of Thomas Flüeler:
  • Environmental decision making in complex socio-technical systems, esp. institutional, regulatory and long-term aspects

  • Concepts of robustness, resilience, and vulnerability in the context of long-term governance of environmental issues

  • Stakeholder involvement and inclusive expertise in complex and contentious systems (Td Lab)

  • Safety management: safety culture, safety indicators, knowledge management

  • Harmonisation of risk-based decision making

  • Science policy: interface natural/social sciences

    Last update: 1/27/20
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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