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Societal Acceptance of Drones in Urban Switzerland (SADUS)

Researchers Involved

Dr. Ning Wang

Prof. Dr. Karl Blanchet

Nico Mutzner

research areas

Digital Ethics
Drones for Good
Social Acceptance
Technology & Society


2022 - 2023


In this project, DSI researchers aim to develop evidence-based knowledge around the prevailing perceptions about, and the divergent attitudes toward, urban use of drones, to raise awareness of the ethical and social implications related to the deployment of high-impact technologies more broadly.


The increasing demands and high potentials of drones used in urban settings touch upon a number of ethical and social issues. This project sets out to examine the ethical risks associated with urban drones, the regulatory frameworks within which they operate, and the societal acceptance of their deployment at scale, in the Swiss context. Project partners include leading industry and civil society members, Canton of Zurich, Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and University of Geneva (UNIGE). The project is seed-funded by the UZH Global Strategy and Partnership Fund, with the support of the UZH Digital Society Initiative, and the UZH Alumni Fund.

More info about the project here.