Staff

Nadja Contzen

Dr. Nadja Contzen

Group leader, Environmental and Health Psychology

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

I lead the cluster Environmental and Health Psychology (EHPsy) in the department Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) at Eawag and research affiliate in the Environmental Psychology Group at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

I received a Master of Science (2009) and a PhD (2015) in Psychology from the University of Zurich (CH). In my PhD- and my postdoc-project at Eawag (2011-2016), I researched behaviour change in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors in developing countries. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Environmental Psychology Group at the University of Groningen (NL; 2016-2019) I investigated the social acceptance of sustainable innovations and behaviour change in the environmental sector. Since November 2019, I am the group leader of the cluster Environmental and Health Psychology at Eawag.

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Selected publications

Harter, M.; Contzen, N.; Inauen, J. (2019) The role of social identification for achieving an open-defecation free environment: a cluster-randomized, controlled trial of community-led total sanitation in Ghana, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 66, 101360 (8 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101360, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Marks, S. J. (2018) Increasing the regular use of safe water kiosk through collective psychological ownership: a mediation analysis, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 57, 45-52, doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2018.06.008, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; De Pasquale, S.; Mosler, H.-J. (2015) Over-reporting in handwashing self-reports: potential explanatory factors and alternative measurements, PLoS One, 10(8), e0136445 (22 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136445, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Meili, I. H.; Mosler, H.-J. (2015) Changing handwashing behaviour in southern Ethiopia: a longitudinal study on infrastructural and commitment interventions, Social Science and Medicine, 124, 103-114, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.006, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Inauen, J. (2015) Social-cognitive factors mediating intervention effects on handwashing: a longitudinal study, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38(6), 956-969, doi:10.1007/s10865-015-9661-2, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Mosler, H.-J. (2015) Identifying the psychological determinants of handwashing: results from two cross-sectional questionnaire studies in Haiti and Ethiopia, American Journal of Infection Control, 43(8), 826-832, doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2015.04.186, Institutional Repository
Contzen, N.; Mosler, H.-J. (2013) Impact of different promotional channels on handwashing behaviour in an emergency context: Haiti post-earthquake public health promotions and cholera response, Journal of Public Health (Berlin, Heidelberg), 21(6), 559-573, doi:10.1007/s10389-013-0577-4, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: nadja.contzen@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 6892
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC E29

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Expert of

environmental psychology, transdisciplinary research, behaviour change, health psychology, public acceptability

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Research Focus

  • Human causes of environmental and public health risks
  • Risk perception
  • Risk-mitigation and risk-adaptation
  • Interventions to promote risk-mitigation and risk-adaptation

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