It hasn’t really been a bad winter…

If you sympathise with the above sentiment you probably live north of the equator, predominantly east of the Atlantic. These combination of words have accompanied many people over the last four months; it is true that the world (on average) has warmed up in net terms but also that people are clearly noticing these changes. Whether it is to be described as climate change or global warming, we are experiencing unprecedented variations around us and the role of architects, landscape architects, psychologists and other scientists’ research is increasingly important. Between now and the next update, there are four exciting conferences that deal with variations of this same need for sharing and developing knowledge around the following themes: landscape and life (Lisbon), landscape and health (Vienna), challenging the past and creating a future (Lisbon) and adapting to climate change (Glasgow). There are also special issue calls for research on landscape and human health, and stress and health.  Finally, thank you to Yvonne de Kort for sharing her restorative experiences associated with the above photo, in the members spotlight. Have a great spring!


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We look forward to members meeting up at these various conferences. Please let us know of any other events that would interest fellow members, and if you would like to advertise a call for contributions to a symposium using our website and twitter.

New Publications

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

Call for Papers

Landscapes and Human Health
Deadline: 31st May 2017
Description: There is a special edition in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on Landscape and Human Health with guest editors Professor William Sullivan and Professor Chun-Yen Chang. This Special Issue is open to papers on the impacts of exposure to urban nature on public health that answer a number of pressing questions that can be broadly summarised as questions concerning: 1) exposure to nature in built settings; 2) the health outcomes of such exposure; 3) who benefits from various forms of exposure to nearby nature; and 4) understanding the impact of ecologically healthy landscapes on human health and well-being. For further information and the submission process, please check their website.

Stress and Health
Deadline: 31st October 2017
Description: There is a special edition in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health on Stress and Health with guest editors Professor Mark Cropley, Dr Birgitta Gatersleben and Professor Stephan Sütterlen.  “This Special Issue is concerned with understanding how we can aid recovery or prevent the build-up of stress in humans. This publication has a broad remit as we aim to capture and include papers from biological, cognitive, environmental, health, social, occupational, and neuro-psychology. Recovery is, therefore, not limited to one perspective and different perspectives are welcome. Empirical and theoretical papers are encouraged, as are papers that have utilized or developed new methodologies. Laboratory and field work will be considered as being of equal importance.” For further information and the submission process, please check their website.

Member Spotlight

The picture included in this newsletter was taken at Ameland by Professor Yvonne de Kort. Yvonne is a Full Professor in Environmental Psychology at the Eindhoven University of Technology and is interested in understanding the many ways in which physical contexts impact mental health and wellbeing.

Yvonne de Kort: “This is a picture I took last summer on the beach of Ameland, one of the West Frisian Islands. I wanted to share it with you because it challenges my understanding of restorative environments – the water is salty and undrinkable, the beach offers little or no shelter from the elements or other sources of danger and there is no greenery to speak of. And yet the experience was entirely restorative – the light playing with thousands of colours of the shells, wind and sun touching my skin, the sound of the surf in my ears, the salty fishy air tingling my nose, water and sand playing between my toes. It made me realise once more that environments act on all our senses.”

Find out more about Yvonne de Kort’s research on her webpages here.

Please share your favourite photos and have them and you featured in future newsletters. Send your landscape oriented photos and information via email.

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