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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Judge, M., de Hoog, O., Perlaviciute, G., Contzen, N., & Steg, L. (2021). From toilet to table: value-tailored messages influence emotional responses to wastewater products. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 14, 79 (12 pp.). doi:10.1186/s13068-021-01931-z, Institutional Repository
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., 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. (2015). Handwashing: Population-Tailored Promotion and the Problem of Self-Reporting (Doctoral dissertation). University of Zurich, Department of Psychology, Zürich, 312 p. , 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., 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., & 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. (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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