Welcome to the People – Environment Research Group


The interdisciplinary People-Environment Research Group has a long trajectory of world-class research on the interactions between the natural and built environment and human behaviour, which includes psychologists, sociologists, economists, educators, geographers and architects. Its areas of expertise include the psychological dimensions of social change and transitions to sustainable lifestyles, social innovation, environmental risk research, environmental education, the relationship between nature-based solutions, pro-environmental behaviour and wellbeing, urban planning, green infrastructures and sustainable architecture. For the last ten years, the Group has both coordinated and participated in numerous national and European research projects including FP7 and H2020 EU-funded programs.

Our current projects:

Co-ordinated by Trinity College Dublin, Connecting Nature is a partnership of 29 organisations from 16 countries which includes local authorities, communities, industry partners, NGOs and academics. Our partnership will work with 11 European cities who are investing in multi – million euro large scale implementation of nature–based projects in urban settings. We will measure the impact of these initiatives on climate change adaptation, health and well-being, social cohesion and sustainable economic development in these cities. Innovative actions to foster the start-up and growth of commercial and social enterprises active in producing nature-based solutions and products will also be an integral part of our work.

(Please, click on the CONNECTING NATURE logo for accessing CONNECTING NATURE website).

GLAMURS explores the complex interactions among economic, social, cultural, political and technological factors influencing sustainable lifestyles and transformations towards a green economy. It develops comprehensive models of lifestyle change in key sustainable domains, and evaluates them in terms of economic and environmental effects. The project provides policy recommendations on the design of governance approach and policy mixes for a fast-paced transition to sustainability. GLAMURS combines methods across the breadth of social sciences, including psychology, sociology, micro- and macro-economics and agent-based modelling. The project is coordinated by the People-Environment Research Group of the University of A Coruña (Spain).

(Please, click in the GLAMURS logo for accessing GLAMURS website).

TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) is an ambitious research project that will develop a theory of transformative social innovation which is about empowerment and change in society. It is co-funded by the European Commission and runs for four years, from January 2014 until December 2017. TRANSIT will utilize a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance. The theory will be based on insights from other theories e.g. transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. The research project studies how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation. This project is coordinated by the Dutch Research Insstitute for Transitions (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).

(Please, click in the TRANSIT logo for accessing TRANSIT website).

RESEARCH CONNECTIONS

Our activity is linked to the International Association for People-Environment Studies - IAPS (www.iaps-association.org), to the International Association of Applied Psychology - IAAP (http://www.iaapsy.org), and to the Environmental Psychology Association - PSICAMB (http://www.psicamb.org)

International Association People-Environment StudiesAsociación Internacional de Psicología AplicadaAsociación de Psicología Ambiental

Our partners and other institutions with which we conduct collaborative research:

Argentina

  • Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

Austria

  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Vienna)

Belgium

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brazil

  • Federal University of Ceará, Fortaleza
  • Rio de Janeiro Federal University

Canada

  • University of Northern British Columbia

Denmark

  • Aalborg University

Germany

  • University of Magdeburg
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig
  • SERI – Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Hungary

  • ESSRG Research and development SME

Ireland

  • Trinity Collegue Dublin

Italy

  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Roma Tre, Rome

Norway

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Romania

  • West University of Timisoara

Sweeden

  • University of Umea

The Netherlands

  • University of Groningen
  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Tilburg
  • Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University of Rotterdam
  • MaastrichUniversity

United Kingdom

  • University of Surrey (Guildford, Surrey)
  • James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen)
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Bath (Bath)
  • University of Sussex

USA

  • Park University
  • Texas State University

Our sponsors in the Government:

  • European Commission, Directorate for the Environment
  • Ministry of Education of Spain
  • The Government of Galicia, Spain
  • The Provincial Government of A Coruña, Spain
  • The Provincial Government of Ourense, Spain
  • The City Council of A Coruña, Spain

Our sponsors for given projects in the world of enterprises and organizations:

  • REPSOL – Oil Company
  • ALBADA
  • Biodiversity Foundation
  • Caixa Galicia Foundation
  • Coca Cola – Begano, S.A.
  • Psychosocial Studies and Research Institute
  • Formación y Ediciones, S.L. Forum

Research evaluation:

Our research has been evaluated for the National Commission for Evaluation of Research Activities of Spain (CNEAI), who granted us with 5 positive evaluations (only applied to professors and associate professors with tenure).

Some of us are reviewers for the National Agencies of Research Evaluation in the governments of Spain, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal …

Editorial and conference reviewing:

Also, we are part of the editorial boards of journals such as Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Journal of environmental psychologysyecology, Bulletin of People-Environment Studies,… or scientific committees for evaluating papers for IAPS, PSICAMB, and other conferences and symposia.

     

Advice to international organizations:

Finally, some of us were part of European Commission teams for specific scientific aspects related to research in the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, as well as reviewers of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4) “Environment for Development, United Nations Environment Programe. United Nations (UNEP-UN).


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