Department Environmental Social Sciences

Environmental Social
Sciences

The Environmental Social Sciences department (ESS) aims at understanding social change with a focus on water and sanitation from an integrative social science perspective

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Photo: Amritansuh Sikdar, Unsplash
March 22, 2019

Today's Unesco World Water Day has the theme "Leave no one behind". Many people still do not have access to safe water and sanitary facilities for various reasons. But access to clean water alone is not enough, knows behavioural psychologist Hans-Joachim Mosler of the Department of Environmental Social Sciences. Read more

Judit Lienert (Photo: Peter Penicka)
March 6, 2019

Political questions on environmental issues are multi-faceted and can often face several conflicting objectives at once. The solutions are therefore seldom simple, and seldom satisfy all stakeholders. Environmental social scientist and biologist Judit Leinert is investigating with her research group how such conflicting objectives can best be handled. Read more

Dry period at the Klöntalersee: dryness and regional water scarcity were a recurring hot topic in the media in summer 2018. (Photo: Pixabay)
February 14, 2019

A study by environmental social scientist Mario Angst shows that reports in the media do not always reflect the issues that most concern organisations, public sector agencies, cantons and communities on a day-to-day basis.  Read more

ESS Competence Clusters

EHPsy

Environmental and Health Psychology

DA

Decision Analysis

EnvEco

Environmental Economics

Cirus

Sustainability Transitions and Innovation Dynamics

PEGO

Policy Analysis and Environmental Governance

Projects

Overview of our research projects