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Head: Dr. Marcel Hunziker

The research group Social Sciences in Landscape Research studies the interaction between society and the environment with social science methods (e.g. qualitative interviews, standardised surveys, experiments, expert workshops, etc.). We are particularly interested in people’s demands towards nature, landscape and the built environment, as well as in recreational and health effects of nature. We are also investigating research questions such as: What kind of behaviour do people show regarding the environment? How can we influence this behaviour? How do people perceive environmental risks, and how can we develop a culture of risk prevention and integrative natural hazard management? The outcomes of our research projects provide a basis for the sustainable use of resources according to the needs of society, and for urban and landscape planning.

 

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