Abteilung Umweltsozialwissenschaften

Events und Seminare

Seminare 2016 (abgeschlossen)

September 2016

ESS lecture Series on Sustainability Related Institutional Analysis

When: Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Where: Eawag Dübendorf, Room FC-D24

Paula Kivimaa, SPRU, U of Sussex, 09:00 – 09:30; D24
"Changing governance for sustainability transitions: policy mixes, governance experiments and intermediary actors"

Jampel Dell’Angelo U of Virginia and U of Maryland, 09:30-10:00; D24
"Cooperation and Conflict Over Water Resources: Local and Global Dynamics"

Christian Binz, Circle, Lund U and Harvard U, 13:00 – 13:30; D24
"Overcoming Institutional Barriers for New Path Creation in Urban Water Management – A Research Agenda"

 Johann Dupuis, IDHEAP University of Lausanne, 13:30-14:00; D24
"The value and prospect of sustainability-related institutional analysis for the environmental social sciences: explaining social-ecological interactions and diagnosing policy failures"


April 2016

ESS PhD Seminar

Presenters: Mirella Haldimann, Cirus ,Pauline Cherunya, Cirus, Laura Herzog, Pego.
Friday, 21 April 2017, 01:00 - 03:00 pm, room FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentations in English
Contact: Prof. Dr. H.-J. Mosler

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presented by Prof. Dr. Peter Driessen, Professor at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development, University of Utrecht.

Friday, 15 April 2016, 13.30-14.30 pm, room FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentation in English

Contact: Prof. Dr. Karin Ingold, Dr. Manuel Fischer 

ESS PhD Seminar

Presenters: Fridolin Haag, DA, Anna Gamma, EHPsy, Mario Angst, Pego
Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 02:00 - 03:30 pm, room FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentations in English
Contact: Prof. Dr. H.-J. Mosler

März 2016

"How to measure environmental policy change and assess complex policy mixes? A comprehensive approach applied to renewable energy policy"

presented by

Dr. Sebastian Sewerin, ETH, Energy Policy Group

Monday, 21 March 2016, 01:30 - 02:30 pm, room FC-C24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentation in English

Contact: Dr. Manuel Fischer

Februar 2016

„Introduction to Social Network Analysis“

presented by

Laurence Brandenberger, Mario Angst, Manuel Fischer, (Pego, ESS)

Monday, 8 February 2016, 01:30 - 04:30 pm, room FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentation in English

Contact: Dr. Manuel Fischer

Visit of PhD students of the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University 

Thursday, 25 February 2016, 02:00 - 05:30 pm,room FC-C24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentations in English

Contact: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer

Januar 2016

"Geneva Water Hub: from education & research to an evidence –based policy action"

presented by

Dr. Christian Bréthaut, Dr. Thomas Bolognesi, Université de Genève & Geneva Water Hub

Tuesday, 26 Januar 2016, 11:00 - 12:00 am, room FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf, presentation in English 

Contact: Dr. Manuel Fischer



Seminare 2015 (abgeschlossen)

November 2015

"Blue-Green-Liveable - the Art to integrate Today what we need Tomorrow"

presented by Prof. Herbert Dreiseitl, Director of the Liveable Cities Lab and Founder of the Atelier Dreiseitl.

Montag, 30. November 2015, 10.00-11.00 Uhr, Raum FC-D24, Präsenation auf Englisch

Kontakt: Dr. Sabine Hoffmann 

“Governance of Transitions”

presented by Prof. Susana Borrás, Copenhagen Business School

30. Oktober 2015, 13:30-14:30 Uhr, FC-C24, Eawag Dübendorf (Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Truffer)

Presenter's Background

Susana Borrás is professor on innovation and governance, and she is currently serving as Head of Departmentof business and politics at the Copenhagen Business School

She conducts research on the interaction between governments and innovation. As a social scientist expert on public policy, two of her leading questions are, what governments can do to foster and to improve socio-technical innovation in the economy, and what makes some decisions regarding socio-technical and innovation change to be democratically legitimate and others not. Her comparative analyses show the importance that socially and governmentally-defined institutions have on innovation performance and on democratic legitimacy of science and technology. Her main attention is in the European Union, both at the supra-national level as well as national and local (cluster) levels. In particular she studies the complex interactions between public and private realms, which have been recently called ‘new modes of governance’.

"Economics and Social Sciences at WSL: Embedding, research topics and results"

presented by Irmi Seidl, Head of Economics and Social Sciences Unit, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscappe Research WSL

2. Oktober 2015, 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr, Raum FC-C24, Eawag Dübendorf (contact: Dr. Ivana Logar)

ESS Worskhop in Environmental Psychology

28. September 2015, Raum FC-D24, Eawag Dübendorf



08:30 – 09:00: Nadja Contzen

"The psychology of environmental protection and public health: Individual decision-making, individual behaviour change, and cooperation in social dilemma situations"

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10:00 – 10:30: Adrian Brügger

"From the abstract to the concrete and back: The role of mind-sets in science communication and goal-achievement"

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11:30 – 12:00: Stefano de Dominicis

"Resources conversation and sustainable behaviors promotion to face global issues: recent results and future developments"

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14:00 – 14:30: Siegmar Otto

"What is water-saving behavior? A psychological perspective"

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15:30 - 16:00: Jennifer Inauen

"Individuals in context: Towards sustainable interactions of persons and their natural, technical, and social environments"

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Advanced Social Network Analysis seminar:
"Belief Change in an Evolving Environmental Policy Network"

presented by Prof. Adam Douglas Henry, University of Arizona

8. September 2015, 11:00 - 12:00 Uhr, Raum FC-D77, Eawag Dübendorf (Kontakt: Laurence Brandenberger) Pego Seminar

QCA workshop by Nadja Kunz and Manuel Fischer

14. April 2015, 09.00 - 12.30 Uhr, FC-D24 Eawag Dübendorf


Workshop on the methodology of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to encourage internal discussion about its merits for application to diverse water resource management challenges (more details)

Presenter's Background

Dr. Nadja Kunz, Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Resources Analysis, ESS, Eawag
Dr. Manuel Fischer, Researcher and Group leader, Pego, ESS, Eawag

Die Bedeutung umweltrechtlicher Grundsätze für die Umweltforschung

presented by Dr. Ursula Brunner, ettlersuter Rechtsanwälte

27. März 2015, 13:30 - 14:30 Uhr, FC-C24, Eawag Dübendorf 

Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in practice

presented by Jacques Pictet

25. März 2015, 09:45 - 10:30 Uhr, FC-C20, Eawag Dübendorf (contact Naomi Radke)

Presenter's background

Dr. Jacques Pictet is an independent consultant for problem structuring and decision making processes, based in Lausanne. He did his post-doc at the Department of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, working at that time with Prof. Val Belton, who is currently a visiting researcher at Eawag in the cluster Decision Analysis.