The aim of IED is to analyze individual and collective decisions in the context of natural resource utilization and environmental problems. Furthermore, IED strives to support private and political decision makers to achieve sustainability in the face of today’s risks and uncertainties. Management issues affecting climate change present a prominent example of decisions that have traditionally been made on a very weak basis of knowledge about future states of the world.

IED focuses on research as well as on teaching at different levels. The Institute is responsible for the Social Sciences segment of the ETH Master program in Environmental Sciences. National and international seminars and conferences on environmental decision making are coordinated in cooperation with educational institutions and organizations.

For further information please download our brochure describing IED and the associated professorships. » PDF File (5 MB, updated in August 2011).


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