IAPS Activities

We hope that all our network members are keeping safe and well in spite of the various challenges that 2020 has presented. Thank you to all those who expressed interest in joining the IAPS Restorative Environments Network symposia at ICEP 2021. The conference has unfortunately been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep you updated as and when we receive further details.

We are excited to inform you of the new IAPS Early Career Researchers Network, created this year by Everly Jazi, Ting-Ting Cheng, and Ruby Lipson-Smith. The network is a community of young and early career researchers and students who convene from all subfields of people-environment studies to share ideas and grow into a transdisciplinary network supporting research, advising methods, theory, and discussion, and navigating global expanding interests in the topics of IAPS. The field of restorative environments is thriving due to the valued contributions of ECRs, and we welcome this new opportunity for their involvement in the work of IAPS.


Upcoming deadlines:

  • Nature and Health, 12-14 October 2021, Tacoma, Washington, USA. Abstracts due by 30 January 2021.

Upcoming conferences:

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New Publications by Members

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Call for papers

  • Biophilic Design Rationale: Theory, Methods, and Applications in Frontiers in Psychology: Environmental Psychology (topic editors: Rita Berto, Giuseppe Barbiero, and Jack L. Nasar). Manuscripts due by 31 April 2021.

    Biophilic design tries to translate humans’ attraction to and desire for connection with nature, namely biophilia, into the design of environments. What evidence do we have of the effectiveness of biophilic design? If biophilic design is based on the biophilia hypothesis, then it requires empirical testing and rigorous analysis of its effects over time for different groups and places. What measuring systems can we use to test the effectiveness of biophilic design? This Research Topic welcomes original research articles and reviews that help clarify the theoretical background, tools, and limits of biophilic design. It will also have original empirical case studies of one or more projects to help clarify the application of biophilic design. In particular, we aim to show what disciplines such as evolutionary biology and environmental psychology can offer to biophilic design.


4-year PhD position, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna

Deadline: 11 November 2020

Location: Vienna, Austria

Description: The PhD will focus on analyzing data from a recent, nationally representative dataset looking at health, wellbeing and natural environments across 19 countries including Austria. The researcher is expected to define their own theoretically based research questions, which might include: a) Which demographic groups visit which types of green spaces (e.g. parks, woods) and blue spaces (e.g. rivers and lakes), how often, for how long, with whom etc.?; b) How is neighbourhood exposure and nature visit frequency related to health and wellbeing?; c) Is better access related to reduced health and wellbeing inequalities?; d) Are more aesthetically pleasing environments associated with more positive wellbeing outcomes?; e) How do results compare between countries?; and f) How is connection to the natural world related to pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours such as recycling, energy efficiency and biodiversity protection? The post would suit an applicant with excellent quantitative skills, preferably with experience of working with secondary datasets. Applications can be made via http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at/en/home/, or by sending a letter of motivation and CV directly to mathew.white@univie.ac.at. Positions are advertised until 11th of November, but please contact Mathew if the deadline is a challenge or if you have any questions.


PhD on environmental imagery and nature connectedness, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth

Deadline: 4 December 2020

Location: Plymouth, UK

Description: Applications are invited for PhD studentships (3 years full-time) at University of Plymouth. One such potential PhD project is on ‘The role of environmental imagery in potentially strengthening nature connectedness’, supervised by Dr. Kayleigh Wyles, Professor Jackie Andrade, and Dr. Isabel Richter. Potential pathways this PhD can take are: 1) exploring the effects and potential differences between physical (in form of prints or screen based) and mental imagery (evoked by audio or text prompts) of nature and wildlife on nature connectedness, behaviour, and behavioural intentions; mainly focusing on the dimension of imagery and messaging; 2) exploring the effects and potential differences between tropical species vs. familiar species, tropical regions vs. regions close to home on nature connectedness, behaviour, and behavioural intentions; integration of the dimension of psychological distance; 3) exploring the effects and potential differences between a video-based experience with wildlife on nature connectedness, behaviour, and behavioural intentions compared to a real-life touristic wildlife experience (e.g. whale watching or seal safari); integration of the dimension of wildlife tourism. This project will investigate one of the above mentioned topics (or an alteration/combination of them) using both experimental and explorative designs (i.e. use of qualitative and quantitative methods like interviews or questionnaire surveys).


Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Surrey

Deadline: 6 December 2020

Location: Guildford, UK

Description: We seek to appoint a future research leader in environmental psychology to join our Environmental Psychology Research Group. We welcome applicants from all areas of Environmental Psychology but applicants with interests that relate to the design and management of environments to support human wellbeing and performance are particularly welcome. This may include environmental stress and restoration in work, healthcare, educational or residential environments. All academic post-holders will contribute directly to teaching and learning and to its administration within the School. In addition to salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities.  The benefits package includes relocation provision, pension, childcare assistance and other family-friendly policies.

Member Spotlight

The photo at the top of this newsletter was taken in woodlands in Vienna, and is supplied by Sabine Pahl and Mat White.

Prof. Pahl (formerly University of Plymouth) is setting up a new group in ‘Stadt & Umweltpsychologie’ (Urban and Environmental Psychology) at the University of Vienna. The new group will be exploring a range of issues from pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours to restorative environments, nature and human health. She is joined by Dr White (formerly Exeter University) in a Senior Scientist role and Maja Gruenzner (Marie Curie PhD student on the H2020 Limnoplast project looking at plastic pollution).The group are currently advertising two new prae-doc positions (4 year paid Austrian PhDs) and will shortly be advertising a new post-doc position. The group aim to continue working in the restorative environments field, and are teaming up with new colleagues in the Cognitive Science Hub at the Uni Wien to explore new potential methods in the field.


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