Challenging Restoration

Winter has set-in in the Northern hemisphere and she has brought a number of extreme weather events resulting in destructive flooding, gales, and snow falls. Nature indeed can be damaging and at times challenge our perception of it as restorative. These events remind us of our need to create environments and lifestyles that can handle these ‘extreme’ events and perhaps even use them to our benefits. Be that through utilising the power of nature to meet energy demands or changing our perceptions and understanding of what nature is restorative.

Please contribute content and share your images of a restorative environment via this newsletter. Each quarterly newsletter will feature a member’s photograph, along with the job vacancies, course opportunities, conferences and member publications, which can be found below.


Upcoming deadlines (in date order, the nearest first):

Upcoming conferences:

We look forward to members meeting up at these various conferences. Please let us know of any other events that would interest fellow members.

New Publications by Members

If you have recently published and would like this added to the iapsREN library and communicated in the next letter, please email us.


UK PhD students and early career researchers can attend a Valuing Nature Business Impact School
Date: 2nd – 4th March 2016
Location: London, UK
Deadline: 5th February 2016
Description: The Valuing Nature Programme will run a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers at UK Universities, or institutes eligible for RCUK funding, with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact. The Natural Environment Research Council is funding this School to help develop a Valuing Nature research community with a broader understanding of how to translate research into private sector decision making and innovation.


Post-Doctoral Researcher
Deadline: 1st March 2016
Location: Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Description: This is a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship, with possible renewal for a third year, beginning July 1, 2016. The postdoctoral fellow will work with Dr. H. Shellae Versey and Dr. Clara L. Wilkins in the Critical Health + Social Ecology Research Lab and the Wilkins lab group on issues related to the built environment, race, aging, and the relationship between various social/social-stress processes (e.g., discrimination, community engagement and social activism) and health.

PhD studentship
Deadline: 1st March 2016
Location: CUSP, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Description: “More fun with less stuff? Wellbeing, leisure, and material goods in low income housing and neighbourhoods”. Through qualitative research this project will explore the possibility for ‘more fun, with less stuff’ for those living on constrained incomes and aim to build a rich understanding of the meaning of material goods and the everyday experience of leisure in their lives. This ESRC studentship will be based in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Environmental Strategy supervised by Dr Kate Burningham and Dr Charles Masquelier. The Studentship will cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years and is open to home and EU applicants.

Please let us know if you have any other related jobs to advertise in the next newsletter and/or on the website. Keep a close eye on the website and twitter as this will display the most up to date information, including vacancies that arise in-between newsletters.

Share Your Photos

The picture included in this newsletter was taken in Obergurgl, Austria by Sarah R Payne, Assistant Professor of Health in the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, UK. Click here to be taken there via Google Maps.

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Contact iapsREN

You can contact the iapsREN Convening Committee via the following emails: