Département Sciences sociales de l’environnement

Projets actuels

Cirus - Transitions durables et dynamiques d'innovation

We seek to understand how formal and informal institutions, planning procedures and resources drive or constrain informal settlements upgrading in Sub Saharan Africa cities.
We are identifying the challenges of modular infrastructure systems for the Swiss economy and society using the example of urban water management.
Le programme de recherche stratégique inter- et transdisciplinaire vise à développer des systèmes d'approvisionnement en eau et d'assainissement innovants, non raccordés au réseau.
GLORIWA assesses path dependencies in urban water management by analyzing the global actor structures and institutional rationalities that stabilize the current dominant design
The BARRIERS project aims at improving our understanding of the institutional barriers for radical innovation in UWM. It analyzes ‘lighthouse cities’ that experiment with non-grid UWM systems

DA - Analyse décisionnelle

Nous développons des approches d'évaluation pour les systèmes d'aide à la planification afin d'améliorer la planification stratégique des solutions basées sur la nature dans nos villes.
Serious Games und Gamification werden zunehmend genutzt, um Stakeholder zu involvieren. Wir untersuchen, ob und wie sie die Entscheidungsfindung partizipativer gestalten.
We investigate stakeholders’ preferences, risk attitude, influence, and collaborations for finding consensus options in Swiss governance of plant protection products.

PEGO - Analyse politique et Gouvernance environnementale

Impact of distant socio-ecological systems (telecoupling) on land-use decision-making
Social-ecological networks allow for the joint modeling of ecological interdependencies and governance structure.
Local climate change adaptation strategies
Wo liegen die grössten Hindernisse für einen besseren Gewässerschutz bei Regenwetter?
...is an inter- and trans-disciplinary research project, studying environmental, health and institutional dimensions of pesticide use in tropical settings
Digitalization is one of the most popular trends in public sector relying on information and communication technologies, internet of things, big data, sensor networks and artificial intelligence.
Durch eine Analyse von Präferenzen in den internationalen Klimakonferenzen, untersuchen wir die Umsetzbarkeit verschiedener Politikinstrumente zur Reduktion von Treibhausgasemissionen.
In diesem Projekt untersucht und vergleicht Politiknetzwerke verschiedener Art, um klimapolitische Prozesse in ihrer Komplexität zu erfassen und entschlüsseln
Dieses Projekt entwickelt eine interdisziplinäre Theorie zu den Faktoren, die in einem Mehrebenensystem, die dazu beitragen, dass Staaten auf den internationalen Klimaverhandlungen gemachten Versprechen einhalten und im Rahmen nationaler Regulierung umsetzen.
We investigate stakeholders’ preferences, risk attitude, influence, and collaborations for finding consensus options in Swiss governance of plant protection products.
Sozial-ökologische Netzwerke zur Bereicherung der biologischen Vielfalt in vom Menschen geprägten Landschaften.

EHP - Psychologie de la santé environnementale

The role of individual and collective psychological ownership for monitoring and maintenance of public and private handwashing infrastructure
Perceived distributive justice and acceptance of decentralised water and wastewater systems
Enhancing lay people’s understanding of biodiversity through participatory interventions: A key to successful river restoration

EnvEco - Économie de l'environnement

This project aims at closing the knowledge gap on monetary benefits of river rehabilitation by assessing the economic values of improvements in river ecosystem services resulting from river rehabilitation.
The main objective of this project is to show how economic values of different ecosystem services provided by water resources are spatially distributed across Switzerland.
Le but principal de ce projet est d'étudier l'apporivisionnement privé des biens publics - produits et services neutre en carbone - dans le contexte du changement climatique

Projets Finalisés

Cirus - Transitions durables et dynamiques d'innovation

The proposal analyzes possible transition pathways in basic services, focusing specifically on the case of Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the strategic research alliance is to analyse the nature of the energy innovation systems in Denmark.
The project will analyze the indicators for sustainable transitions in China water treatment industry.
In this project, we work with organizations from around the globe to identify factors for managing water kiosks sucessfully
In this project, we collaborate with various organizations to study the role of business innovation in the scaling process of sanitation services.
In this project, we apply Business Model Thinking to create promising business models around innovative water and sanitation technologies
The project promotes the implementaion of RRR business models in Lima, Peru by improving the local institutional framework and technical capacities of interested entrepreneurs.

DA - Analyse décisionnelle

Ziel ist die partizipative Entscheidungsunterstützung für den langfristigen Übergang zu alternativen Abwasserinfrastrukturen
Aufbau von Partnerschaften in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) für ein Vorhersage- und Warnsystem für Hochwasserereignisse in Westafrika.
We aim at facilitating the use of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in urban water management practice.
We study how game implementation can support stakeholder involvement and preference modelling in MCDA.
We aim at improving the use of MCDA in complex environmental problems.
Goal is an improved planning procedure for sustainable water supply and wastewater infrastructure management that links into the existing Swiss governance structures.
Removal of pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater is well accepted by stakeholders if trade-off between good performance of an option and its costs is reasonable.
MCDA allows integrating ecological assessments with the prediction of consequences of river rehabilitation, and the preferences of experts about trade-offs
The population has a high willingness to pay for reducing risks of wastewater flooding or combined sewer overflows
Aufbau von Partnerschaften in der Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT) für ein Vorhersage- und Warnsystem für Hochwasserereignisse in Westafrika.
We study well-known fairness principles in the context of wastewater management.

PEGO - Analyse politique et Gouvernance environnementale

This project addresses the question of which factors explain governments’ choice of instrument selection, applied to micropollution regulation in the Rhine river basin.
Coalitions and actor strategies with respect to the issue of hydraulic fracturing in Switzerland and the UK.
Regulierung grenzüberschreitender Mikroverunreinigung in Europa: Die Definition angemessener Managementmassstäbe
Identification and Integration of Fragmented Games in Swiss Water Politics
Viable future water supply structures in the canton Baselland.
Politik-Foren in der Wasser- und Umweltgovernance

EHP - Psychologie de la santé environnementale

This project in post-earthquake Haiti aimed to evaluate the impact of public health promotions and cholera response on handwashing rates.
A handwashing promotion project in the Borena Zone of southern Ethiopia aimed to increase handwashing rates in communities through systematic behavior change strategies.
This project aimed to investigate factors explaining the (regular) use of safe water kiosks in three Kenyan communities.

EHPsy - Environmental and Health Psychology (former group of Hans-Joachim Mosler)

Monitoring and Evaluation of a Large Scale Hand-washing Campaign in India
A user-driven sanitation (UDS) project in Kampala’s urban slums aimed to increase shared toilet users’ cleaning behavior.
This project aimed at improving the effectiveness of an information intervention to promote the use of existing safe water options with theory-based and evidence-based behaviour change techniques.
The present study designed and evaluated several promotion strategies for solar water disinfection (SODIS), based on results from a baseline survey.
Altering subjective perceptions of facts like prices or walking distances can change behavior even without changing objective circumstances.
A handwashing promotion project in the Borena Zone of southern Ethiopia aimed to increase handwashing rates in communities through systematic behavior change strategies.
This project aimed to investigate factors explaining the (regular) use of safe water kiosks in three Kenyan communities.
This project in post-earthquake Haiti aimed to evaluate the impact of public health promotions and cholera response on handwashing rates.
The project’s overall goal is to improve the behavioral change strategies used to eliminate Open Defecation.
The goal of the project is to design, implement and evaluate Behaviour Change Campaigns on Hand Washing
The aim of this study is to develop and deliver effective behavior change strategies promoting hygiene practices towards the prevention of cholera and diarrheal diseases.
The objective of this study is to gain information about the current situation with regard to the population’s knowledge about Ebola to take action towards the promotion of prevention behaviors.
The global aim of the study is the identification of evidence based behavior change techniques concerning water consumption, sanitation and hygiene practices.
This study aims at developing and testing evidence-based behavior change strategies to alter purchasing and use of sanitation facilities as well as handwashing practices in two main suburbs of Dakar.
The objective of this study is to find out the relevant socio-psychological factors of behavior intentions related to the prevention of an Ebola outbreak and hand washing with soap in vulnerable areas
This project aims at developing and testing evidence-based behavior change strategies to alter unhealthy hygiene and drinking water practices, as well as sustainable use of adequate sanitation in Malawi.

EnvEco - Économie de l'environnement

The main objective of this research is to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of water quality improvement through upgrading of wastewater treatment plants in Switzerland.
The main objective is to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of a number of different measures for reducing chemical water pollution in the Mönchaltorfer Aa river basin in the Canton of Zurich.
The goal of this research is to assess the value of different environmental amenities, as well as structural house and neighbourhood characteristics.
This project aims at providing a better insight into the public preferences of the Swiss population for the suggested hydropower expansion.
The project responds to current research gaps on the integration of forest, eco-hydrology and economic sciences to improve decision-making process.
A principal objective of the project is to develop a novel theoretical framework that would explain the sources of preference uncertainty in stated choice experiments.