Today’s key global challenges include environmental and public health risks in the water domain, such as water scarcity, water pollution, or unsafe sanitation. Humans are strongly intertwined with these risks: oftentimes they are both, causing the risks and suffering their consequences. Our cluster uses theories and methods from environmental and health psychology to research 1) people’s behaviour and choices that contribute to these risks and 2) cognitive and behavioural responses to these risks. With our research, we aim to increase our understanding on these topics as well as to help designing interventions to promote risk-mitigating and risk-adapting behaviour and choices. Researched behaviours and choices include 1) pro-environmental and health behaviours (e.g. consumption of safe drinking water), 2) the acceptability and/or adoption of sustainable innovations (e.g. water recycling), and 3) the support of sustainable policies (e.g. the ban of microbeads).
The cluster Environmental and Health Psychology works closely with scholars from various disciplines, including social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, and philosophy.