Prof. DI Dr. David Laner



Research Areas


Research Interest
In my research, I apply a systems perspective to address sustainability issues related to waste management, recycling, material cycles and circular economy. Based on the analysis and evaluation of waste and resource systems, my goal is to develop solutions and strategies from an environmental engineering perspective, which result in lower environmental impacts and higher resource efficiency. My research interests include the use of static and dynamic material flow models to understand and optimize resource use on urban, national and regional levels, the evaluation of waste-resource-systems with respect to environmental performance and resource efficiency, the assessment and mitigation of (long-term) risks associated with land-fills, the comparison of alternative waste treatment scenarios, sound waste characterization techniques as well as experimental studies to understand process performance of waste treatment and recycling activities. Central methods in my research are Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Scenario Analysis, and experimental studies on the lab-, pilot- and field-scale.


Work Experience

10/2018
Head of the Research Center for Resource Management and Solid Wastte Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Kassel.

03/2016 - 01/2019
Habilitation in the field of "Waste and Resource Management" at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of TU Wien

07/2011 - 09/2018
Senior researcher, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, TU Wien.

04/2006 - 06/2011
Project assistant, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, TU Wien.

10/2006 - 06/2011
PhD program in technical sciences at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of TU Wien

12/2005 - 02/2006
Research fellow (Stipendium), Groundwater Research Centre Dresden

10/1997 - 11/2005
Master program in Land and Water Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (interrupted by one-year mandatory civil service)



Academic background

2005: Master of Science in Land and Water Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

2011: PhD in technical sciences at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of TU Wien

2019: Habilitation in the field of "Waste and Resource Management" at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of TU Wien



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