StandUp Seminar: Decision support systems for sustainability and resilience assessments

UrbanT (Urban Analytics and Transitions) research group at SEED/KTH in collaboration with STandUP for Energy is happy to invite you for a lunch seminar by Dr Peter Burgherr (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland) & Dr Marco Cinelli ETH Centre in Singapore) on “Decision support systems for sustainability and resilience assessments”.

Place: Kitchen 3rd floor, SEED building, Teknikringen 10b, Stockholm
Time: Wednesday, 22/08, 12:00-13:00
Lunch: please register by Tuesday, 21/08, for lunch arrangements (wraps)
Registration link:

Summary and bio

Dr Peter Burgherr, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

Dr. Peter Burgherr joined the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) as a risk analyst in 2001. Since August 2008 he leads the inter-disciplinary Technology Assessment group of the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, which carries out integrated assessments of energy systems to support the complex decision-making processes towards a sustainable energy future. Since 2014 he also manages a risk group on “Assessing and Measuring Energy Systems Resilience” within the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) program of the Singapore ETH Centre (SEC). Finally, he is in charge of the activities on “Future Supply of Electricity” within the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity.

His primary research interest is the comparative analysis of accident risks in the energy sector, and its relevance in the broader context of sustainability, resilience, energy security and critical infrastructure protection. He is also the primary responsible for PSI’s database Energy-Related Severe Accident Database (ENSAD), which is the world’s largest database on severe accidents in the energy sector. He initiated the development of the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database together with the Center for Security Studies at ETHZ, and subsequent collaborations with the Energy Policy Institute Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University Chicago.

Furthermore, he is strongly involved in the sustainability assessment of current and future energy technologies, including their evaluation with Multi-Criteria Decision Aiding techniques.
He regularly presents his work at international conferences and meetings, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals, contributing to books, and various other publications. As part of his duties, he is also engaged in the supervision of students at different levels (PhD, MSc, BSc, interns), and lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Geneva, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, NATO School Oberammergau, and KINGS (Busan, South Korea).

He holds a doctoral degree in environmental sciences from ETH Zurich, and MSc and BSc degrees in biology from ETH Zurich.

His talk
In his talk, Peter will first present an overview of the overarching analytical framework for integrated assessment of energy technologies and scenarios developed and implemented at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), followed by a short overview on ongoing project activities, which are enriched with selected results, conclusions and recommendations. In the second part he will focus on the comparative risk assessment of accidents in the energy sector, and its relevance in the broader context of sustainability, energy security, critical infrastructure protection and resilience. Specific examples include (1) the current development of the new Energy-related Severe Accident Database (ENSAD) as a web-based, GIS database, (2) risks of hydropower dams, (3) a global survey of refinery accidents, (4) non-seismic risks of deep geothermal systems, and (5) accident risks in mobility.

Dr Marco Cinelli, Singapore-ETH Centre, Singapore

Dr. Marco Cinelli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Future Resilient Systems (FRS) Programme of Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore.

His areas of research and expertise include sustainability and resilience assessment, sustainable development and Multiple Criteria Decision Aiding/Analysis (MCDA).

He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Warwick (UK) in 2016 and he was awarded a three-year Global Fellowship under the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions scheme. The resulting project, “Sustainability Assessment based on Decision Aiding (SAbDA)”, will start in September 2018 and it is a collaboration between the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Poznan University of Technology.

His talk
In his talk, Marco will present a structured MCDA process to conduct resilience assessment of nation-wide energy systems, i.e. countries.
He will focus on two main contributions of the research project, (i) the selection of the indicators which characterize the resilience of electricity supply at the national level and (ii) the comparison of the overall performance, based on the selected indicators, of 140 countries according to different normalization and aggregation functions.
From a practical perspective, Marco will show how the use of these various aggregation methods can support development agencies interested in considering decision-makers with different levels of trade-offs acceptance. This can help for instance in shaping energy policies of countries where minimum performance goals can be guaranteed and highly compensatory plans are excluded at an early stage.

Looking forward to an inspirational presentation and discussion!

Peter & Marco would also be glad to use this opportunity to have personal meetings if there would be any interested researchers here at KTH. To book a time, please drop a line to Marco at

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