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Elisabeth Maidl


chercheuse invitée


Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HV F 05


Current studies

  • Case study (Canton of Graubünden) on risk awareness and preventive behaviour on a local scale: This study aims to contribute to a better understanding of circumstances under which individuals are motivated to take preventive action. Theoretical background: theorie of social representations (Serge Moscovici; Wolfgang Wagner and Nicky Hayes) and social-psychological motivation theory. Research period: january - june 2014
  • Representative population survey on prevalence and influencing factors of social capacities in respect of natural hazard risks in Switzerland.

    Research period:  June - december 2014

Completed studies

  • Quantitative study on the effect of a flood risk information campaign on property owners' risk preparedness in the city of Zurich
  • Accompanying study (pretest-post-test) of a participatory decision-making process on long-term flood protection in the Canton of Zurich
  • Qualitative study on the implementation of the flood risk map in the city of Zurich.
  • Evaluation of a training program for Local Natural Hazard Consultants in Switzerland


2009MA in Sociology, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2012Certificate "Academic English Writing for Publication" (ETH Zurich)
2012Certificate "Project Management for Research" (ETH Zurich)
2013 - 2015Diploma "Advanced Statistics" (ETH Zurich)