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Welcome to the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED)

IED is interdisciplinary and brings together economists, psychologists, and political scientists.


Consumer Behavior (D-HEST)

Shopping trolley  

Our aim is to enhance understanding of individual and organizational decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. We are dedicated to helping society make better decisions.
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Agricultural Economics and Policy (D-MTEC + D-USYS)

Knowledge, Trade, Research, Resources, Marketing, Production  

The AECP group aims to improve the understanding of linkages between policies and production and risk management decisions taken in the agricultural and food sector.
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Associated Professorships

Chair of Economics (D-GESS)


ECON's research focuses on research in microeconomics. We mainly investigate questions in the field of environmental economics and decisions under risk.
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International Political Economy (D-GESS)

Thomas Bernauer  

Our research and teaching focuses on political and other conditions under which environmental and economic problems that extend beyond national borders can be solved.
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Sustainability and Technology Group (D-MTEC)

VPPL Hoenggerberg  

At SusTec, we investigate organizational, technological and institutional change in the energy sector on two complementary levels: The system level and the firm level.
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Climate Policy Group (D-USYS)

Solar panels  

The CP group addresses scientific questions specifically associated with improving policies to decarbonize the energy system, as well as adapting to the impacts of climate change.
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Weather and Climate Risks (D-USYS)

Flood at Locarno (TI)  

The WCR group works on matching the supply and demand side of weather and climate information in order to improve the resilience of our societies in the face of volatile weather and climate changes.
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Associated Research Groups (all D-USYS)

Environmental Philosophy Group

Thinking about global problems  
Photos: Daniel Stockman/NASA

The EnvPhil group contributes to the department’s mission by providing philosophical clarification and systematization in the understanding of environmental problems and decisions.
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Natural Resource Policy Group

Logging in Swiss Forest  
Logging in Swiss Forest

Research in the group of Natural Resource Policy (NARP) integrates political science and law in the analysis of environmental policy and governance.
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Students' discussion  
Students' discussion

The USYS TdLab develops new educational and research approaches to solve complex problems at the interface between academia and society.
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