Scientific publications



Slekiene, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2019). The link between mental health and safe drinking water behaviors in a vulnerable population in rural Malawi, BMC Psychology, 7, 44 (14 pp.), doi:10.1186/s40359-019-0320-1.

Lilje, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2018). Effects of a behavior change campaign on household drinking water disinfection in the Lake Chad basin using the RANAS approach, Science of the Total Environment, 619, 1599-1607.

Lilje,J.; Mosler,H.-J. (2017). Socio-psychological determinants for safe drinking water consumption behaviors: a multi-country review, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7(1), 13-24.

Lilje, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2016). Continuation of health behaviors: psychosocial factors sustaining drinking water chlorination in a longitudinal study from Chad, Sustainability, 8(11), 1149 (20 pp.),

Lilje, J.; Kessely, H.; Mosler, H.-J. (2015). Factors determining water treatment behavior for the prevention of cholera in Chad, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 93 (1), 57–65

Stocker, A.; Mosler, H.-J. (2015). Contextual and sociopsychological factors in predicting habitual cleaning of water storage containers in rural Benin, Water Resources Research, 51 (4), 2000–2008

Johnston, R., Hug, S.J., Inauen, J., Khan, N.I., Mosler, H.-J., Yang, H. (2014). Enhancing arsenic mitigation in Bangladesh: Findings from institutional, psychological, and technical investigations. Science of the Total Environment, 488–489, (1), 477–483.

Huber, A. C., Tobias, R., Mosler, H.-J. (2014).

Evidence-based tailoring of behavior-change campaigns: increasing fluoride-free water consumption in rural Ethiopia with persuasion. Applied Psychology. Health and Well-Being, 6(1), 96–118. doi:10.1111/aphw.12018

Inauen, J., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Developing and testing theory-based and evidence-based interventions to promote switching to arsenic-safe wells in Bangladesh. Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (12), 1483–1498. doi:10.1177/1359105313493811


Tamas, A.; Meyer, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Predictors of treated and untreated water consumption in rural Bolivia, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43 (7), 1394–1407

Inauen, J., Tobias, R., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). The role of commitment strength in enhancing safe water consumption: Mediation analysis of a cluster-randomized trial. British Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (4), 701–719. doi:10.1111/bjhp.12068


Sonego, I.L., Huber, A.C., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Does the Implementation of Hardware Need Software? A Longitudinal Study on Fluoride-Removal Filter Use in Ethiopia. Environmental Science & Technology, 47, 12661−12668.  


Inauen, J., Tobias, R., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Predicting water consumption habits for seven arsenic-safe water options in Bangladesh. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:417.


Huber, A.C., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Determining the differential preferences of users of two fluoride-free water options in rural Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health 21, 183–192.

Inauen, J., Hossain, M.M., Johnston, R.B., Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Acceptance and Use of Eight Arsenic-Safe Drinking Water Options in Bangladesh. PLoS ONE 8(1).

Mosler, H.-J., Kraemer, S.M., Johnston, R.B. (2013). Achieving long-term use of solar water disinfection in Zimbabwe. Public Health, 127, (1), 92–98.

McGuigan, K.G., Conroy, R.M., Mosler, H.-J., du Preez, M., Ubomba-Jaswa, E., Fernandez-Ibañez, P. (2012). Solar water disinfection (SODIS): A review from bench-top to roof-top. Journal of Hazardous Materials 235–236, 29–46.

Huber, A.C., Mosler, H.-J. (2012). Determining behavioral factors for interventions to increase safe water consumption: a cross-sectional field study in rural Ethiopia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 1–12.

Huber, A.C., Bhend, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2012). Determinants of exclusive consumption of fluoride-free water: a cross-sectional household study in rural Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health 20, 269–278.

Kraemer, S. M., Mosler, H.-J. (2012). Effectiveness and Effects of Promotion Strategies for Behaviour Change: Solar Water Disinfection in Zimbabwe. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 61 (3), 392–414.

Mosler, H.-J., Kraemer, S.M. (2012). Which psychological factors change when habitual water treatment practices alter? Journal of Public Health Vol. 20, No. 1, 71–79.

Kraemer, S. M., Mosler, H. -J. (2011). Factors from the transtheoretical model differentiating between solar water disinfection (SODIS) user groups. Journal of Health Psychology, 16(1), 126–136.

Huber, A. C., Bhend, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2011). Determinants of exclusive consumption of fluoride-free water: A cross-sectional household study in rural Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health, 20, 269–278.

Tamas, A., Mosler, H.-J. (2011). Why do people stop treating contaminated drinking water with solar water disinfection (SODIS)? Health Education and Behavior, 38(4), 357–366.

Mosler, H.-J., Blöchliger, O. R., Inauen, J. (2010). Personal, social, and situational factors influencing the consumption of drinking water from arsenic-safe deep tubewells in Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Management, 91, 1316–1323.

Rufener, S., Maeusezahl, D., Mosler, H.-J., Weingartner, R. (2010). Drinking water quality between source and point-of-consumption – drinking cups as a high potential recontamination risk: A field study in Bolivia. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 28 (1), 34–41.

Kraemer, S.M., Mosler, H.-J. (2010). Persuasion factors influencing the decision to use sustainable household water treatment. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 20: 1, 61–79.

Tamas, A., Tobias, R., Mosler, H.-J. (2009). Promotion of Solar Water Disinfection: Comparing the effectiveness of different strategies in a longitudinal field study in Bolivia. Health Communication 24(8), 711–722.

Altherr, A.M., Mosler, H.-J., Tobias, R., Butera, F. (2008). Attitudinal and relational factors predicting the use of solar water disinfection: A field study in Nicaragua. Health Education & Behavior, 35:207-220.

Graf, J., Meierhofer, R., Wegelin M., Mosler H.-J. (2008). Water disinfection and hygiene behaviour in an urban slum in Kenya: impact on childhood diarrhoea and influence of beliefs. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 18 (5), 335–355.

Heri, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2008). Factors Affecting the Diffusion of Solar Water Disinfection: A Field Study in Bolivia. Health Education & Behavior, 35(4), 541–560.

Moser, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2008). Differences in influence patterns between groups predicting the adoption of a solar disinfection technology for drinking water in Bolivia. Social Science & Medicine, 67, 497–504.



Chidziwisano, K., Slekiene, J., Kumwenda, S., Mosler, H.-J., Morse, T. (2019). Toward complementary food hygiene practices among child caregivers in rural Malawi, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 101(2), 294-303, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.18-0639.

Friedrich, M. N. D., Kappler, A., Mosler, H.-J. (2018). Enhancing handwashing frequency and technique of primary caregivers in Harare, Zimbabwe: a cluster-randomized controlled trial using behavioral and microbial outcomes, Social Science and Medicine, 196, 66-76.

Seimetz, E., Slekiene, J., Friedrich, M. N. D., Mosler, H.-J. (2017). Identifying behavioural determinants for interventions to increase handwashing practices among primary school children in rural Burundi and urban Zimbabwe, BMC Research Notes, 10(1), 280 (9 pp.).

Friedrich, M.N.D., Binkert, M.E., Mosler, H.-J. (2017). Contextual and psychosocial determinants of effective handwashing technique: recommendations for interventions from a case study in Harare, Zimbabwe, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 96(2), 430-436.

Gamma, A.E., Slekiene, J., Von Medeazza, G., Asplund, F., Cardoso, P., Mosler, H.-J. (2017). Contextual and psychosocial factors predicting Ebola prevention behaviours using the RANAS approach to behaviour change in Guinea-Bissau, BMC Public Health, 17(1), 446 (12 pp.).

Friedrich, M.N.D., Julian, T.R., Kappeler, A., Nhiwatiwa, T., Mosler, H.-J. (2016). Handwashing, but how? Microbial effectiveness of existing handwashing practices in high-density suburbs of Harare, Zimbabwe, American Journal of Infection Control, 44, 6 pp.

Seimetz, E., Kumar, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2016). Effects of an awareness raising campaign on intention and behavioural determinants for handwashing, Health Education Research, 31(2), 109–120.

Seimetz, E., Boyayo, A.M., Mosler, H.-J. (2016). The Influence of Contextual and Psychosocial Factors on Handwashing, The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 21 pp, doi:10.4269/ajtmh.15–0657.

Contzen, N., Mosler, H.-J. (2015). Identifying the psychological determinants of handwashing: Results from two cross-sectional questionnaire studies in Haiti and Ethiopia, American Journal of Infection Control, 43 (8), 826–832.

Contzen, N., Meili, H., Mosler, H.-J. (2015). Changing handwashing behaviour in southern Ethiopia: A longitudinal study on infrastructural and commitment interventions, Social Science and Medicine, 124, 103–114.

Contzen, N. Mosler, H.-J. (2013). Impact of different promotional channels on handwashing behaviour in an emergency context: Haiti post-earthquake public health promotions and cholera response. Journal of Public Health, 21(6), 559–573, doi:10.1007/s10389-013-0577-4.


Nunbogu, A. M., Harter, M., Mosler, H.-J. (2019). Factors associated with levels of latrine completion and consequent latrine use in Northern Ghana, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 920 (18 pp.), doi:10.3390/ijerph16060920.

Harter, M., Lilje, J., Mosler, H.-J. (2019). Role of implementation factors for the success of community-led total sanitation on latrine coverage. A case study from rural Ghana, Environmental Science and Technology, 53, 5466-5472, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b01055.

Mosler, H.-J., Mosch, S., Harter, M. (2018). Is Community-Led Total Sanitation connected to the rebuilding of latrines? Quantitative evidence from Mozambique. PlosOne,

Slekiene, J., Mosler, H.-J. (2018). Characterizing the last latrine nonowners in rural Malawi, American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 98(1), 295-299.

Harter, M., Mosch, S., Mosler, H.-J. (2018). How does community-led total sanitation (CLTS) affect latrine ownership? A quantitative case study from Mozambique, BMC Public Health, 18, 387-397.

Mosler, H.-J., Sonego, I. L. (2017). Improved latrine cleanliness through behaviour change and changes in quality of latrine construction: a longitudinal intervention study in rural Burundi, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 27(5), 355-367.

Tumwebaze, I. K., Mosler, H.-J. (2015). Effectiveness of group discussions and commitment in improving cleaning behaviour of shared sanitation users in Kampala, Uganda slums, Social Science and Medicine, 147, 72–79.

Tumwebaze, I.K., Mosler, H.-J. (2014). Shared toilet users' collective cleaning and determinant factors in Kampala slums, Uganda. BMC Public Health, 14:1260 doi:10.1186/1471–2458-14–1260.

Sonego, I. L., Mosler, H.-J. (2014). Why are some latrines cleaner than others? Determining the factors of habitual cleaning behaviour and latrine cleanliness in rural Burundi. Journal of water, sanitation, and hygiene for development. 4(2),  257–267.

Tumwebaze, I. K., Mosler, H.-J. (2014). Why clean the toilet if others don't? Using a social dilemma approach to understand users of shared toilets' collective cleaning behaviour in urban slums: a review. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development,  4(3), 359–370.

Tumwebaze, I., Niwagaba, C., Günther, I., Mosler, H.-J. (2014). Determinants of households' cleaning intention for shared toilets: case of 50 slums in Kampala, Uganda. Habitat International, 41, 108–113.

Kamara Tumwebazea, I., Garimoi Orach, Ch., Niwagaba, Ch., Luthi, Ch., Mosler, H.-J. (2012). Sanitation facilities in Kampala slums, Uganda: users’ satisfaction and determinant factors. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 2012, 1–14, iFirst article

Günter, I., Niwagaba, B.C., Lüthi, Ch., Horst, A., Mosler, H.-J., Tumwebaze, K.I. (2012). When is shared sanitation improved sanitation? Research for policy 2.


Solid waste management

Tobias, R., Bruegger, A., Mosler, H.-J. (2009). Developing strategies for waste reduction by means of tailored interventions in Santiago de Cuba. Environment & Behavior, 41, 836–865.

Mosler, H.-J., Tamas, A., Tobias, R. Caballero Rodríguez, T., Guzmán Miranda, O. (2008). Deriving interventions on the basis of factors influencing behavioral intentions for waste recycling, composting, and reuse in Cuba. Environment & Behavior, 40(4), 522–544.

Binder, C., Mosler, H.-J. (2007). Waste-resource flows of short-lived goods in Santiago de Cuba. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 51, 265–283.

Mosler, H.-J., Drescher, S., Zurbrügg, Ch., Caballero Rodríguez, T., Guzmán Miranda, O. (2006). Formulating Waste Management Strategies Based on Waste Management Practices of Households in Santiago de Cuba. Habitat International, 30(4), 849–862.

Caballero Rodríguez, T., Guzmán Miranda, O., Mosler, H.-J. (2005). Diagnóstico de los comportamientos hacia los residuos sólidos en la población santiaguera. Revista Santiago, enero-abril, p. 33–47.

Caballero Rodríguez, T., Guzmán Miranda, O., Mosler, H.-J. (2005). Fundamentos ecológicos y socio psicológicos de los comportamientos ante los residuos sólidos. Revista Santiago, septiembre-diciembre, p. 67–82.

Behaviors in other areas

Gamma, A. E.; Slekiene, J.; Mosler, H.-J. (2019). The impact of various promotional activities on Ebola prevention behaviors and psychosocial factors predicting Ebola prevention behaviors in the Gambia evaluation of Ebola prevention promotions, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(11), 2020 (18 pp.), doi:10.3390/ijerph16112020.

Bluemling, B., Yang, H., Mosler, H.-J. (2010). Adoption of agricultural water conservation practices – a question of individual or collective behaviour? The case of the North China Plain. Outlook on Agriculture, 39(1), 7–16.

Bluemling, B., Pahl-Wostl, C., Yang, H., Mosler, H.-J. (2010). Implications of stakeholder constellations for the implementation of irrigation rules at jointly used wells-cases from the North China Plain, China. Society & Natural Resources, 23(6), 557–572.

Zhou, Y., Yang, H., Mosler, H.-J., Abbaspour, K.C. (2010). Factors affecting farmers’ decisions on fertilizer use: A case study for the Chaobai watershed in Northern China. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 3, 80–102.

Zhou, Y., Zhang, Y., Abbaspour, K.C., Mosler, H.-J., Yang, H. (2009). Economic impacts on farm households due to water reallocation in China's Chaobai watershed. Agric. Water Management, 96, 5, 883-891.


Medilanski, E., Chuan, L., Mosler, H.-J., Schertenleib, R., Larsen, T. A. (2007). Identifying the institutional decision process to introduce decentralized sanitation in the city of Kunming (China). Environmental Management, 39(5), 648–662.

Jenny, A., Hechavarria, F., Mosler, H.-J. (2007). Psychological factors determining individual compliance with rules for common pool resource management: The case of a Cuban community sharing a solar energy system. Human Ecology, 35(2), 239–250.

Medilanski, E., Chuan, L., Mosler, H.-J., Schertenleib, R., Larsen, T. A. (2006). Wastewater management in Kunming (China): a stakeholder perspective on measures at the source. Environment and Urbanization. 353–368.

Jenny, A., Díaz López, J. R., Mosler, H.-J.(2006). Household energy use patterns and social organization for optimal energy management in a multi-user solar energy system. Progress in Photovoltaics, 14 (4), 353–362.

Hostmann M., Bernauer T., Mosler H.-J., Reichert P. and Truffer B. (2005). Multi-Attribute Value Theory as a Framework for Conflict Resolution in River Rehabilitation. Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. 13; 91–102.

Jenny, A., Mosler, H.-J., Diaz, R. (2004). Towards Understanding Consumption in Multi-User Solar Energy Systems: The Cases of Villages in Argentina and Cuba. Progress in Photovoltaics, 559–568.


De Buck, E., Van Remoortel, H., Hannes, K., Govender, T., Naidoo, S., Avau, B., Vande Veegaete, A., Musekiwa, A., Lutje, V., Cargo, M., Mosler, H. J., Vandekerckhove, P., Young, T. (2017). Promoting handwashing and sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries. A mixed-method systematic review. 3ie systematic review, Report No.: 36. London: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). 505 p.

De Buck, E., Hannes, K., Cargo, M., Van Remoortel, H., Vande Veegaete, A., Mosler, H.-J., Govender, T., Vandekerckhove, P., Young, T. (2018). Engagement of stakeholders in the development of a Theory of Change for handwashing and sanitation behaviour change, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 28(1), 8-22.


Sonego, I.L., Mosler, H.-J. (2016). Spot-checks to measure general hygiene practice, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 26(5-6), 1-18.

Tilley, E., Strande, L., Lüthi, C., Mosler, H.-J., Udert, K.M., Gebauer, H., Hering, J.G. (2014). Looking beyond technology: An integrated approach to water, sanitation and hygiene in low income countries. Environmental Science and Technology, 48, (17), 9965–9970.

Mosler, H.-J., Günther, I., Johnston, R. and Werner, J. (2014). Improving and monitoring the health impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in developing countries. ESS Working Paper 2014-02.

Mosler, H.-J. (2012). A systematic approach to behavior change interventions for the water and sanitation sector in developing countries: a conceptual model, a review, and a guideline. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 1–19.


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