Staff

Nadja Contzen

Dr. Nadja Contzen

Group leader, Environmental Health Psychology

Department Environmental Social Sciences

About Me

I lead the cluster Environmental Health Psychology (EHP) in the department Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) at Eawag and I am a 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 leader of the cluster Environmental Health Psychology at Eawag.

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Publications

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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 health risks
  • Risk perception
  • Risk-mitigation and risk-adaptation
  • Interventions to promote risk-mitigation and risk-adaptation

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