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 network of Swiss water forums, which frequently take the form of working groups or subcommittees within larger associations. (Graphic: Fischer et al.)
October 9, 2017

A study by Eawag environmental social scientists has identified a total of 23 forums in Switzerland concerned with water-related issues, such as the Swiss Water Management Association (SWV), Water Agenda 21, the Swiss Water Association (VSA) and the Swiss Gas and Water Industry Association (SVGW).  Read more

The Lago di Luzzone dam. (Photo: Joujou, Pixelio.de)
September 13, 2017

In line with the results of the recent referendum on the revised Energy Act, a representative survey conducted by Eawag environmental economists found that 78 per cent of the Swiss population support the phase-out of nuclear power. Read more

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

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