Adjunct professor for Social and Environmental Psychology at the University of Zurich
Major Research Areas
Behavioral change in large populations in the development context: drinking water consumption; use of sanitation facilities; hygiene behavior; behavior change campaigns; behavior change guidelines;
Diffusion of innovations: household and community filter for arsenic or fluoride; Solar Water Disinfection (SODIS); improved sanitation;
Agent based simulation of behavior change: attitude change; behavior in groups; assessment of behavior change campaigns;
Participation in community processes: satisfaction with process and outcomes; intention to participate; formative evaluation;
Exploring the mode of functioning of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 2014-2018.
Development and evaluation of evidence-based behavior change interventions to foster sound WASH behaviors in Malawi. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders. 2016 – 2018. Behavior change on hygiene and the promotion of flood-resistant toilets in Dakar, Senegal. Oxfam America, 2013-2015.
User driven sanitation in Kampala, Uganda. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2012-2014.
Promotion of handwashing in India, Burundi, and Zimbabwe. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2012-2015.
Behavior change strategies on Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS) for the prevention of cholera in Tchad. WHO, 2013-2015.
Effectiveness of hygiene behavior change promotion in a drought response in the Borena Zone, Ethiopia. Oxfam America, 2012-2014.
Behavior change in water, sanitation and hygiene. GIZ, Burundi, 2013-2014. Promotion of safe water handling. GIZ, Benin, 2013-2014.
Optimization and acceptance of fluoride mitigation options for drinking water in rural Ethiopia. SNF/SDC. 2009-2012.
Analysis of acceptance and use of arsenic mitigation options and evaluation of successful promotion strategies in Bangladesh. Eawag. 2009-2012.
Factors determining the effectiveness of Oxfam’s public health promotion approach to the earthquake and cholera outbreak across 4 departments of Haiti. Oxfam America. 2010-2011 Design and evaluation of solid waste interventions in households of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2003-2007.
Assessing the drivers of households’ willingness-to-pay-for-improvement of fecal sludge management in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, 2003-2006.
Solar disinfection as an appropriate Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS) intervention against childhood diarrhoeal disease in developing countries or emergency situations. (SODISWATER) EU-FP6-2004-INCO-Dev. 2006-2009.
Combined Project on Multi-User Solar Hybrid Grids. EU Research Programme: ‘Energy, environment and sustainable development. 2000-2004.