Summer Restorative Activities

Once again, this summer is packed full of conferences relating to restorative environments. They have been covering multiple disciplinary focusses and societal topics, varying in the length of event and also their location (Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Spain). This physical and explorative journey into restoration is also picked up in the photo above of Henk Staats, who is this issue’s spotlight member. He explains and asks inquisitive questions about restoration towards the end of this newsletter.

As well as scientific conferences, it is not unusual to see some of our members stir up the mainstream media with restorative environment related news. For example, one of the member’s paper noted below, by Karin Tanja-Dijkstra and co-authors, was widely covered by mainstream media outlets in the UK and Europe. Once again, our research and practices around restorative environments show their everyday importance.

We wish you a great and restorative summer!


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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 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.

Call for Papers

Environment and Behavior special edition
Description: The journal Environment and Behavior are celebrating 50 years with a special issue. They have released a call for papers which fall into a number of categories, many of which relate to REN. They are: 1. Pro-environmental behaviors; 2. Outdoor urban environments (e.g., crime, walkability, wayfinding); 3. Built settings (e.g., offices, healthcare facilities, residences, restaurants); and 4. Natural environments (e.g., wild, managed, restorative, public or private). Please see their website for more details where you can download further details about the call. Papers are accepted between September 15th 2017 and January 15th 2018.

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. For further information and the submission process, please check their website or​ ​our​ ​previous notification​ ​of​ ​this​ ​call​ ​in​ ​our​ ​​April​ ​newsletter​.

UK Valuing Nature Placement Schemes

Deadline: Noon, 7th September 2017
Description: Would you be interested in working in a different academic discipline or applied environment to learn new concepts and approaches, or in hosting a researcher for a placement? “Researchers are invited to apply to work for up to four months on Valuing Nature topics in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting. £130k is available to support the placements. The placements support the Valuing Nature Programme’s aim of building an interdisciplinary research community capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences and arts and humanities, and to link researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners.” Full details and applications forms are available here. They are also looking for offers to host placements via their offers page.

Member Spotlight

The picture included in this newsletter was taken at Col du Galibier, France by Henk Staats who teaches at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

“Exactly one day after the Tour de France crossed the Col du Galibier, Sarah Payne asked me to contribute to the spotlight section of the Newsletter. So I could not resist submitting this photograph showing that I also did my bit on this giant of the Alps. Of course the photograph testifies to my recreational approach of cycling: no Tour de France rider will ever stop on the top, and certainly not for posing in front of the altitude sign. So, don’t take this too seriously in an athletic sense. Cycling is what I have done often, and often for long distances and long periods and it is not difficult to relate this to the restoration issue: fascination, being away, clearing the head, extent, compatibility….it is all there. But, as a researcher thinking critically of the restoration concept, work goes on even when in the Alps and shortly after. For example, are all these concepts valid only when a person is in need of restoration? Are we ever not in need of restoration or is there a boundary to the degree we can restore? Can we ever become too relaxed? Do we maybe raise our standards of restoration because of adaptation? Well, this series of questions seems sufficient to get you through the holiday period, I guess. More on restoration during ICEP in A Coruna, end of August. Hope to see you there!”

Henk Staat’s​ ​research​ ​interests​ ​include​ ​environmental​ ​preferences,​ ​psychological restoration,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​analysis​ ​and​ ​change​ ​of​ ​pro-environmental​ ​behaviour.​ ​He collaborates​ ​with​ ​scientists​ ​of​ ​other​ ​disciplines​ ​(ecologists,​ ​architects,​ ​landscape architects,​ ​engineers),​ ​government​ ​institutions,​ ​enterprises,​ ​and​ ​NGO’s​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​and research​ ​approaches​ ​that​ ​may​ ​increase​ ​sustainability,​ ​biodiversity,​ ​scenic​ ​beauty,​ ​and well-being.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​senior​ ​associate​ ​editor​ ​of​ ​Environment​ ​and​ ​Behavior.​ ​His​ ​work​ ​can be​ ​accessed​ ​through​ ​ResearchGate,​ ​Web​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​or​ ​Google​ ​Scholar and/or visit his staff page.​ ​He​ ​likes cycling,​ ​running,​ ​and​ ​speed​ ​skating,​ ​and​ ​therefore​ ​has​ ​a​ ​direct,​ ​personal​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​a clean​ ​and​ ​beautiful​ ​world.

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

Contact iapsREN

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