IAPS Young Researchers Awards


IAPS biannually Awards young researchers for excellent research projects and research papers presented at IAPS Young Researchers’ Workshop.


Two Types of Award apply:

1. Young Researcher Best Paper Award – for papers on completed and publishable pieces of research. The winner of the Best Paper Award receives a 4-years free IAPS membership.

2. Young Researchers Excellent Research Proposals – this award applies to Master and PhD in-progress work showing great potential. The award includes a 1-year free IAPS membership.


Photo: Daphne Meuwese (awarded 2018); Anna Bornioli (awarded 2016); Sarah Payne (awarded 2008); Tony Craig (awarded 2000).


People who received Young Researchers Best Paper Award in the last years:

Year Location Young Researchers Best Paper Award Paper title
2000 Paris Tony Craig  
2002 A Coruña Mar Duran  
2004 Vienna Maria Johansson Maria Johansson (Lund Institute of Technology, Dept. of Environmental Psychology, Sweden): Local People’s Motives for Biodiversity Conservation.
2006 Alexandria Maggie Butchart Maggie Butchart (School of Nursing & Midwifery University of Dundee, UK):
2008 Rome Sarah Payne Sarah Payne (University of Manchester, UK): Soundscapes within urban parks: their restorative value.
2010 Leipzig Claudia Andrade & Christophe Demarque

Claudia Andrade (ISCTE-IUL, Portugal): Hospital physical environment and users’ well-being: Adaptation and validation of a hospital environment quality perception measure.

Christophe Demarque (University of Provence, France): Effects of binding communication on Future Time Perspective and decision making facing pro-environmental behaviour.

2012 Glasgow Debbie Cracknell  
2014 Timisoara James Simpson  
2016 Lund Anna Bornioli  
2018 Rome Daphne Meuwese  
2020 Canada Aimee Felstead A pattern language for urban commons: resident participation in UK cohousing shared landscapes. 


People who received Young Researchers Excellent Research Proposals Award in the last years:

Year Location Young Researchers Best Paper Award Research title
2000 Paris    
2002 A Coruña    
2004 Vienna    
2006 Alexandria    
2008 Rome

Matt Andrews

Elena Bilotta

Jaime Hernandez

Isabelle Richard

Louise Ritchie

G.S. Subbaiyan


Matt Andrews (University of Surrey, UK): The role of anticipated restoration as a mediator in the relationship between perceptions of danger and environmental preference.

Elena Bilotta (University Roma 1, Italy): Safety and fear of crime in urban environment: The case of the city of Rome.

Jaime Hernandez (University of Newcastle, UK): Collective construction of public space and meaning in informal settlements (popular habitat) in Colombia.

Isabelle Richard (University of Provence, France): Initiate compartmental change: carpooling, a non-consuensual ecological gesture: brake’s analysis.

Louise Ritchie (University of West of Scotland, UK): Reviewing the evidence for dementia-friendly environments: what does and doesn’t work.

G.S. Subbaiyan (National Institute of Technology, India): An investigation of the impact of land use and physical features of the built environment on the fear of crime of passengers waiting in bus stops after dark.

2010 Leipzig

Seung Ho Youn

Karin Kragsig Peschardt

Thilo Becker

Roman Matousek

Alena Bleicher

Jinhee Park


Seung Ho Youn (University of Surrey, UK): Symbolic colonial heritage and reconstruction of national identity.

Karin Kragsig Peschardt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark): The missing link ? A study of the restorative characteristics and qualities of small rooms in the dense city of Copenhagen.

Thilo Becker (Technical University of Dresden, Germany): The distribution of external costs from transport.

Roman Matousek (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic): Environmental justice and post-socialism: issues of segregation and housing policy.

Alena Bleicher (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Germany): Old Environmental Burden ? Present Adventure. Ignorance in decision making and the case of contaminated areas.

Jinhee Park (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom): A particular housing culture shaped by high-rise apartments and its socio-spatial impacts in South Korea.

2012 Glasgow    
2014 Timisoara    
2016 Lund    
2018 Rome    
2020 Canada Mahshad Kazemzadeh  


At the IAPS 2020, the first virtual IAPS Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also had the following mentions:

The most original and socially involved research: Alison Grittner.
The higher quality qualitative research: Giacomo Valzania.
The most relevant research for sustainability: Gyumfah Sarfo-Mensah.
The best participative action-research: Charlotte Peterson.
The research with the best integration between empirical findings and theory: Fei Qi.