Department Environmental Social Sciences

Environmental Social
Sciences

We aim at understanding social change with a focus on water and sanitation from an integrative social science perspective

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News

The weir of the Wannebode small hydroelectric power station near Reckingen (VS) interrupts the continuum of the Blinnenbach. (Photo: Eawag)
September 3, 2019

The energy strategy calls for a further expansion of hydropower. This puts pressure on Swiss water bodies and water landscapes. At today's Eawag Info Day, some 200 experts from practice, research and administration will discuss how the various interests in water can be met in a sustainable manner and where the competition between these interests calls for priorities to be set. The Eawag researchers will demonstrate that it is not only a question of technical solutions, but also of social acceptance, for example when measures in favour of water ecology lead to an increase in the price of electricity. Read more

Hand washing is one of the crucial measures in protecting oneself from Ebola. (Photo: Universal Gambia and Eawag on behalf of Oxfam America)
July 30, 2019

Ebola is a deadly viral infection that has so far mainly been present in Central and West Africa. Many people in those regions are either unfamiliar with the disease, do not believe in it, or don’t know how to prevent infection. For this reason, UNICEF was active in The Gambia, West Africa, among other places, between 2014 and 2016, running information campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Read more

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

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