IAPS Biannual Conference

Next year is the 25th International Association of People-Environment Studies Conference, which will be in Rome, in July 2018, ten years after the last trip to Rome, Italy. Following on from biannual conferences in Lund/Alnarp, Timisoara, Glasgow, and Leipzig, the IAPS theme for this silver anniversary conference is ‘Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges’. The Restorative Environments Network encourages participation at this event and a number of members have organised symposiums on restoration research. The deadline for symposium contributions is fast approaching (it was extended a week) and details on proposed symposiums by colleagues can be found in the special call below. There is also the opportunity to submit individual papers outside of these symposiums over the coming months. We look forward to hearing your exciting research ventures next summer.


Upcoming deadlines:

  • International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS), 8-13th July 2017, in Rome, Italy. Deadline date for symposium submissions is 22ndOctober 2017. Deadline date for individual abstract submissions is 7th January 2018. Deadline date for young researchers workshop is 1st April 2018.

Upcoming conferences:

New Publications by Members

Call for IAPS Rome symposium contributions

Symposium on restorative processes in settings for work and education
People spend much of their waking times in places for work and education, and when there they perform a wide range of activities that engender needs for restoration. The options for restoration afforded in these different places remain understudied, but broader environmental sampling in this regard is just one way to extend inquiry on restorative environments. To understand what social and physical circumstances support restorative processes inside and outside of these settings, the study of restorative environments must first contend with the restoration needs that arise in different occupations. This means looking more carefully at the composite demands of the obligatory activities that people actually do over the course of hours, days and weeks. In this symposium we bring together a set of presentations that offer a variety of perspectives on restorative experiences that people can find at these places for work and education. The presentations address different kinds of environments and restorative options.
We invite our colleagues to send in proposals for presentation at this symposium, to be organized at the IAPs Conference in Rome, 2018. Please send you proposals to both of us this week, before October 22. Of course we are open to your questions. Sincerely, Henk Staats and Terry Hartig.

Restorative paths
(Please note this call was previously advertised via IAPS email, so may have enough contributors now – you can but enquire if interested)
We would like to invite you to contribute to a symposium on restorative paths held at the 25 IAPS Conference in Rome, Italy 2018. We hope to find inspiring presentations! The symposium is aimed at discussing recent research on trails, paths in different environments, routes which have been formed to reduce stress, enhance well-being, and support human health. Such paths could be established in various environments (forest, blue space, gardens, parks, city). It would be useful to learn about basic theoretical concepts and corresponding measures (e.g. perceived restorativeness, perceived sensory dimensions, perceived restorative outcome, but also about physiological approaches). We will try to address aspects of designing of restorative tracks, investigating different scene-types, and evaluating effects of trails. Contributions should discuss two aspects. First, the relationship with the environment (e.g. place attachment, connectedness with nature). Second, the interplay between effects of certain environments, and effects of interventions on-site (pedagogic, preventive, therapeutic).
In case you like to take part in the symposium please send an e-mail a.s.a.p to Renate Cervinka or Markus Schwab. Please give a preliminary title for your presentation and name of corresponding author.  Additionally, please choose one out of the given two following titles for the symposium or make an alternative suggestion; ‘Move on the restorative track!’ or ‘Follow the good-feel path!’

Call for Papers

Environment and Behavior special edition
Deadline: 15th January 2018
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​.


Post Doctorate Research Associate
Deadline: 26th October 2017
Location: Sheffield, UK
Description: “Are you interested in finding new ways of utilising urban natural environments to promote human health and wellbeing? The University of Sheffield have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN) project team in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning to use their research skills and knowledge to improve understanding of how blue-green infrastructure is valued and implemented in cities.”

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