Department Environmental Social Sciences

Environmental Social
Sciences

The Environmental Social Sciences department (ESS) aims at conducting cutting edge environmental research with a focus on water from the background of several social science disciplines. The department hosts researchers from disciplines such as economics, political sciences, business management, innovation studies, economic geography, decision analysis, and psychology.

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The aeroplane Solar Impulse demonstrated the potential of clean-tech innovations. For countries like Switzerland, investment in photovoltaic research and development is more promising than the production of solar panels. Photo: Solar Impulse
July 26, 2017

The emergence of new technologies requires conditions tailored to specific industrial sectors. Social scientists at Eawag have developed a conceptual framework describing the relevant innovation drivers. This should make it possible to identify factors hindering innovation and to design industry‑specific support programmes.  Read more

Fig. 1: A rickshaw-mounted megaphone – an option for promoting behaviour change in Bangladesh. (Photo Eawag)
March 29, 2017

Changing people’s behaviour is no easy matter. Having developed a method that has been shown to promote behaviour change, Hans-Joachim Mosler of Eawag’s Environmental Social Sciences department has now set up a consulting firm – attracting considerable interest among development cooperation professionals in particular.  Read more

March 20, 2017

Manuel Fischer, tenure track researcher and group leader within the Department Environmental Social Sciences, has successfully passed his habilitation exam at the University of Bern. In his habilitation, he pointed out the factors that influence collaboration among political actors.  Read more

ESS Competence Clusters

EHPsy

Environmental and Health Psychology

DA

Decision Analysis

EnvEco

Environmental Economics

Cirus

Sustainability Transitions and Business Innovation

PEGO

Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance

Projects

Overview of our research projects