We hope that everyone is as well as possible in the ongoing pandemic, and has the opportunity to get vaccinated soon. COVID-19 has led to complications for many of us in continuing our research. However, it has also provided opportunities to research how restrictions to everyday life affect our needs and desires to connect to nature, spend time outdoors, and restore our psychological resources.
We are keen to share research ideas and findings on this topic in order to strengthen our community. For example, a student at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands is running a survey to examine whether COVID-19 and the resulting restrictions have changed students’ visits to parks, connectedness to nature, and pro-environmental behaviour. University of Surrey is working together with Natural England to understand nature engagement pre-, during, and post-COVID to support the UK’s green recovery. Let us know if you would like any project summaries shared in our next newsletter. This edition has some new publications listed, a member spotlighted, and information about conferences and vacancies.
We are happy to announce that our two-part iapsREN symposium has been accepted at ICEP this October. The symposium comprises ten presentations, submitted by our network members across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East, and will showcase research on restorative environments indoors, outdoors, and in virtual reality. Traditionally we also follow our symposia with a social get-together. Depending on the COVID restrictions in place in Sicily, we will try to arrange a socially-distanced/outdoor gathering during the conference. Please stay tuned for more details closer to the time.
- Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing and Place, 1 – 3 December 2021, virtual conference organised by Syracuse University, Chalmers University of Technology, Northumbria University, and the Italian Society for the Sociology of Health. Abstracts due by 25 June.
- nternational Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP), 5 – 8 October 2021, Syracuse, Italy
- Nature and Health Virtual Conference, 12 – 14 October 2021, virtual conference organised by University of Washington.
If you would like an upcoming conference or symposium shared in the next newsletter, please email us.
New Publications by Members
- Jones, M. V., Gidlow, C. J., Hurst, G., Masterson, D., Smith, G., Ellis, N., . . . Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2021). Psycho-physiological responses of repeated exposure to natural and urban environments. Landscape and Urban Planning, 209, 104061.
- Kajosaari, A., & Pasanen, T. P. (2021). Restorative benefits of everyday green exercise: A spatial approach. Landscape and Urban Planning, 206, 103978.
- Korpela, K. M., & Ratcliffe, E. (2021). Which is primary: Preference or perceived instoration? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 75, 101617.
- Meuwese, D., Dijkstra, K., Maas, J., & Koole, S. L. (2021). Beating the blues by viewing Green: Depressive symptoms predict greater restoration from stress and negative affect after viewing a nature video. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 75, 101594.
- Ratcliffe, E. (2021). Sound and soundscape in restorative natural environments: A narrative literature review. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 570563.
- Subiza-Pérez, M., Korpela, K., & Pasanen, T. (2021). Still not that bad for the grey city: A field study on the restorative effects of built open urban places. Cities, 111, 103081.
If you have recently published and would like this communicated in the next newsletter, please email us. We also keep track of these (and other interesting) publications in our own Mendeley Library. This used to be an open group, but Mendeley has changed settings and functionality, so if you’d like to access this library, please send an email and we will add you to the library member list. Currently, there is a maximum of 100 library members.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sustainable Transformation of Urban Environments (STUE), Tampere University
Deadline: 14 May 2021
Location: Tampere, Finland
Tampere University is advertising four one-year postdoctoral fellowships in three interconnected areas relating to STUE. One of these areas, urban environments for health and well-being, is particularly relevant to restorative environments researchers. Proposals welcomed may involve the impact of natural and various built/urban environments on eco-social, physiological and psychological wellbeing; interdisciplinary research on urban green space, environmental health and holistic well-being and ecological community planning; and sustainable urban development with promotion of the circular economy.
PhD opportunity at University of Surrey, “The wellbeing garden: examining sensory experiences to inform garden design”
Deadline: 29 May 2021
Location: Guildford, UK
This funded PhD will examine how horticultural design elements and cultivated plants influence sensory experiences, affective responses and wellbeing in gardens. The PhD student will carry out a series of field and laboratory studies, working closely with experts at Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Wisley.
The photo accompanying this newsletter is supplied by Everly Jazi, M.S., a Ph.D. student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She writes:
“I began my career as an environmental social scientist after assisting with numerous psychology and neurobiological studies, and exploring the realm of outdoor careers as a park ranger and forest preschool teacher. My entrance to outdoor recreation and a love of all things ‘green space’* started just a few years ago, when I went camping for the first time. Since then, I have wanted to share the unique properties one gains from accessing and using green space to others. My master’s research embodied this, through exploration of modifying factors in the nature-psychological wellbeing chain. The hope was, and continues to be (in my Ph.D.), to see if green space provides equitable benefits based on access to nature and other factors (which, in North America, is connected to societal marginalization, traumas, stigmas, and many other variables to factor in).
The photo I chose shows individuals enjoying nature in a simple way, together and without judgement (there are some unnecessary rock cairns in there), a contrast to grueling solo nature experiences that are often romanticized. There are many ways to experience the biophilic benefits of green space and, for some, just strolling the Vancouver Seawall fulfills the connection they seek.
I am excited about my career, especially as I meet others in IAPS, connect with collaborators, and see the impact we have on an applied scale. I’d love to hear from others who are embarking on their careers, to connect them with the IAPS Early Career Researchers Network, which I started after the IAPS conference in June 2020. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*yes, I mean blue space as well.”
You can contact the iapsREN Convening Committee via the following emails:
- Convenors: Kate Lee, Ellie Ratcliffe, Robert van Dongen, and Stephanie Wilkie (REN_convenors@iaps-association.org)
- Dissemination: Robert van Dongen (publications), Stephanie Wilkie (events) (REN_dissemination@iaps-association.org)
- Website: Kate Lee (REN_support@iaps-association.org)
- Twitter: Ellie Ratcliffe (follow us at @iapsREN)
Do share your favourite photos with us, and have them and you featured in future newsletters and on the website. Send photos to REN_convenors@iaps-association.org. Please let us know if you have any related publications, conferences, PhD successes or 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.