Senior Researcher und Speaker

Dr Jan Bieser is a senior researcher and speaker at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. In his research, he examines the opportunities and risks of digitalisation for society and the environment. He is also a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at University of Zurich, and a fellow of the World Economic Forum‘s Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow.


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Before joining the GDI, Jan Bieser conducted research on digitalization and sustainable development as a doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Informatics at University of Zurich, and at the Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. At both institutions, he was also an adjunct lecturer in digitalisation and sustainable development, and in business informatics. As a fellow of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cities of Tomorrow, he works with representatives of cities, the private sector and international organisations to explore how digital technologies can make cities more sustainable and equitable. As a member of the Digital Society Initiative of University of Zurich he explores ways for creating digital and sustainable mobility and accessibility solutions. He led various research collaborations on environmental impacts of digital technologies in collaboration with Swisscom, Swisscleantech, WWF and Bitkom, and was the lead author of the first sustainability report of the University of Zurich. Previously, Jan Bieser worked as a sustainability manager at the University of Zurich and as an IT and sustainability consultant at IBM and Deutsche Telekom.

  • J. Bieser, M. Höjer (2021): The digitalization of passenger transport: Technologies, applications and implications for greenhouse gas emissions. KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Stockholm, Sweden. Publication
  • J. Bieser, B. Vaddadi, A. Kramers, M. Höjer, L. Hilty (2021): Impacts of telecommuting on time use and travel: A case study of a neighborhood telecommuting center in Stockholm. Travel Behaviour and Society, 23, 157-165. Publication
  • J. Bieser, B. Salieri, R. Hischier, L. Hilty (2021): Next generation mobile networks: Problem or opportunity for climate protection? University of Zurich, Empa, Swisscom, Swisscleantech. Zurich, Switzerland. Publication
  • J. Bieser, V. Coroamă (2020): Direkte und indirekte Umwelteffekte der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie. SustainabilityManagementForum, NachhaltigkeitsManagementForum, 2020, 29, 1-11. Publication
  • J. Bieser, R. Hintemann, S. Beucker, S. Schramm, L. Hilty (2020): Klimaschutz durch digitale Technologien – Chancen und Risiken. Bitkom, Borderstep Institut für Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit, Universität Zürich. Berlin, Deutschland. Publication
  • J. Bieser, L. Hilty (2020): Conceptualizing the impact of information and communication technology on individual time and energy use. Telematics and Informatics, 49, 101375. Publication
  • Höjer et al. (2019): Digitalize for the environment: A guide for municipalities and companies wanting to explore and realize the potential of digitalization for environmental protection. KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Stockholm, Sweden. Publication
  • J. Bieser, L. Warland, L. Hilty (2019): Nachhaltigkeitsbericht 2018. Universität Zürich. Zürich, Schweiz. Publication
  • J. Bieser, L. Hilty (2017): Chancen und Risiken der Digitalisierung für den Klimaschutz in der Schweiz. Swisscom, WWF Schweiz, Universität Zürich. Zürich, Schweiz. Publication
  • J. Bieser, L. Hilty (2018): Assessing indirect environmental effects of information and communication technology (ICT): A systematic literature review. Sustainability, 10(8), 2662. Publication
  • J. Bieser, L. Hilty (2018): Indirect effects of the digital transformation on environmental sustainability: Methodological challenges in assessing the greenhouse gas abatement potential of ICT. 5th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S 2018). Toronto, Canada. Publication

  • How to shape a sustainable digital future
  • Digitalization and climate protection: friend or foe?
  • The future of mobility is digital! Can it be sustainable as well?
  • Sustainable in the home office: Why flexible work benefits people and the environment
  • Connected, smart, and  sustainable? Can the Internet of Things help protect the environment?
  • Next generation mobile networks (5G): Opportunity for climate protection?





  • Business Informatics, University of Zurich
  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development, University of Zurich
  • The Digitalization of Mobility, University of Zurich
  • Sustainable Development ICT and Innovation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
  • Sustainable Development for Computer Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

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