Aims and objectives

IAPS is the forum for scholars who have an interest in interdisciplinary exchange and in the study of the transactions and interrelationships between people, culture and their socio-physical surroundings (including built and natural environments) and the relation of this field to other social and biological sciences and to the environmental professions.

The scope of IAPS reflects the scientific and practical capabilities and aspirations in work concerning people in their environments.

Areas of interest include:

Environmental psychology research;
Sustainability and social innovation research;
Spatial cognition and wayfinding;
Ecological aspects of human actions;
Evaluation of buildings and natural landscapes;
Design and habitation of domestic, work and public buildings and spaces;
Social use of space; crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space;
Leisure and tourism behaviour in physical settings;
Meaning of built environments;
Theories of place, place attachment, and place identity;
Resource crises and environmental research;
Risks and hazards: their perception and management;
Stress-related to work and residential settings;
Urban design, architecture, landscape design and their effect on people;
Multi, inter and Trans-disciplinary work and principles;
Sustainable lifestyles and green economy.

Photo: IAPS Conference in Rome, Italy in 2018, our last meeting face-to-face before the Covid-19 pandemic.