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Flurina Schneider

Flurina Schneider

Visiting Scholar, University of Bern, Switzerland


Decision Center for a Desert City
Arizona State University
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Tempe, AZ 85287-8209


  • Visiting Scholar, University of Bern, Switzerland


Flurina Schneider is a visiting scholar at Arizona State University, where she is affiliated with the School of Sustainability and Decision Center for a Desert City of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Schneider has conducted research on sustainable governance of water and land in Switzerland, Germany and Chile, focusing on multiple stakeholders’ perspectives and values, processes of transdisciplinary knowledge, co-creation through social learning and network building, as well as on issues of power and social justice.

Dr. Schneider is currently the scientific coordinator of the MontanAqua project, which develops strategies for moving towards more sustainable management of water resources in the Alps (Swiss National Science Foundation, Sustainable water management (NRP61)). Within this program, she also has the lead role in two synthesis projects concerning the development of principles of sustainable water use in Switzerland as well as the analysis of potentials and limitations of transdisciplinary knowledge production in research projects of the NFP61.


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Recent Publications

Schneider, F., and C. Homewood. 2013. Exploring water governance arrangements in the Swiss Alps from a perspective of adaptive capacity. Mountain Research and Development 33(3):225-233. DOI:

Renner, R., F. Schneider, D. Hohenwallner, C. Kopeinig, S. Kruse, J. Lienert, S, Link, and S. Muhar. 2013. Meeting the challenges of transdisciplinary knowledge production for sustainable water governance. Mountain Research and Development 33(3):234-247. DOI:

Schneider, F., and S. Rist. 2013. Transitions to sustainable water governance from a social learning perspective. In: Proceedings of the 4th international Conference on Sustainability Transitions, 19-21 June 2013, Zurich, Switzerland.

Schneider, F., D. Steiger, T. Ledermann, P. Fry, and S. Rist. 2012. No-tillage farming: Co-creation of innovation through network building. Land Degradation and Development 23(3):242–255.

Schneider, F., and S. Rist. 2012. Die Bedeutung von Ästhetik bei der Umstellung auf Direktsaat/ Importance de l’esthétique lors de la conversion au semis direct. AgrarForschung 3(4):216–223.

Schneider, F. 2011. Approaching water stress in the Alps: Transdisciplinary co-production of systems, target and transformation knowledge. In: Managing Alpine Future II - Inspire and drive sustainable mountain regions. Proceedings of the Innsbruck Conference, November 21–23, 2011, eds. A. Borsdorf, J. Stötter, and E. Veulliet. Verlag er Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.


Journal Articles


Schneider, F. 2015. Exploring water sustainability through stakeholders’ perspectives and hybrid water in the Swiss Alps. Water Alternatives 8(2):280-296.

Schneider, F., M. Bonriposi, O. Graefe, K. Herweg, C. Homewood, M. Huss, M. Kauzlaric, H. Liniger, E. Rey, E. Reynard, S. Rist, B. Schädler and R. Weingartner. 2015. Assessing the sustainability of water governance systems: the sustainability wheel. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 58(9):1577-1600. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2014.938804. (link )


Schneider, F., T. Buser and O. Graefe. 2014. Scales of justice and water governance. Hydropower controversies in Switzerland. Water Policy 16(S2):137-154. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2014.405. (link )



Schneider, F., T. Buser and O. Graefe. 2014. Scales of justice in water governance: Hydropower controversies in Switzerland. Presentation at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, April 8-12, 2014, Tampa, FL.