The IAPS Restorative Environments Network (iapsREN) is an international community of practitioners and researchers interested in how restoration can be promoted and fostered by the environment. Born in Rome in 2008, we operate under the auspices of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS). During 2012 in Glasgow, iapsREN gathered new momentum, resulting in our newly designed identity and community. We are proud to continue being a strong and continually growing IAPS network.


Our REN community is comprised of IAPS members. The purpose of the network is to foster community, networking, and collaboration in the field of restorative environments. Within the community you will find environmental psychologists, landscape and physical architects, geographers, health scientists, practitioners, artists, and others all impassioned with a commitment to fostering health and well-being.


Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan by Kathryn Colley


On this website you will find information about contemporary work in restorative environments, upcoming conferences and professional meetings, and our latest newsletter which is sent out to the community.

You can sign up to our quarterly newsletter, follow us on Twitter, or email us by going to the contact page.

Now & then

iapsREN is convened by Femke Beute, Ellie Ratcliffe, and Kayleigh Wyles. We are indebted to previous committee members, most recently Sarah Payne and Carlos Galan-Diaz, along with Kathryn Colley, Adam Day, and Lynette Robertson who helped shape the REN into its current form, maximising on digital media capabilities. We are proud to build on the excellent work of the founding members of iapsREN: Terry Hartig, Helena Nordh, Jenny Roe, and Kevin Thwaites. Their work is much appreciated.