Ricardo García Mira


Professor Dr Ricardo García Mira is a Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of A Coruña, Spain, where he teaches Social Psychology at the Faculty of Educational Sciences. He has been leading the People-Environment Research Group in this University for 20 years, where he has conducted applied research in environmental issues during the last 20 years. He is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 Connecting Nature and Smartees projects. He has been the Project Coordinator of the GLAMURS project (2014-2016), as well as the LOCAW project (2011-2013), and a partner of the TRANSIT project (2014-2017). He has been an active researcher throughout the last two decades, evaluating the psychological and environmental impact of social problems on the ‘Prestige’ disaster which occurred in 2002, and the Northwest Spain fires which occurred in 2006.

García Mira is the President of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS).  He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He has been a Visiting Reader at the University of Surrey (UK, 2003-2012), and an International Visiting Scholar at Texas State University (San Marcos, USA, 2001).He gave lectures and seminars in a number of universities over the world: University of Paris V, University of Texas A&M, University of Tallin, University of Sao Paulo, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Groningen, University of Umea, and UNAM-Mexico, as well as other Spanish universities like Oviedo, Vasque Country, Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela.

He is the current European Editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and a member of the Editorial Committee of a number of international journals. He is an author or editor of more than 100 papers, monographs and reports and a number of books on environmental assessment, environmental attitudes and methodology issues.

R. García Mira was recently elected as a Member of the Parliament of Spain, where he is the Spokesman for the Study of Climate Change among other roles.

Most relevant recent publications 

(please, go to https://people-environment-udc.academia.edu/RicardoGarciaMira for downloading the papers)

  • García-Mira, R., Dumitru, A., Alonso-Betanzos, A., Sánchez-Maroño, N., Fontenla-Romero, Ó., Craig, T., & Polhill, J. G. (2017). Testing Scenarios to Achieve Workplace Sustainability Goals Using Backcasting and Agent-Based Modeling. Environment and Behavior49(9), 1007-1037.
  • Dumitru, A. & García Mira (coord.) (2017). Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability. GLAMURS Final Report.  A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira ISBN: 978-84-932694-7-0.
  • Uzzell, D., Räthzel, N., García-Mira, R., & Dumitru, A. (2017). Global Challenges for Environmental Psychology: The Place of Labor and Production. In Handbook of environmental psychology and quality of life research (pp. 559-574). Springer, Cham.
  • Golubojf, M., & Garcia-Mira, R. (2017). The Perception of Urban Space from Two Different Viewpoints: Pedestrians and Automobile Passengers. In Housing, Space and Quality of Life(pp. 17-26). Routledge.
  • Dumitru, A., De Gregorio, E., Bonnes, M., Bonaiuto, M., Carrus, G., Garcia-Mira, R., & Maricchiolo, F. (2016). Low carbon energy behaviors in  the workplace: A qualitative study in Italy and Spain. Energy Research & Social Science, 13, 49-59.
  • Orr, P., Brooks, K., Papadopoulou, L., Bonaiuto, M.,  Carrus, G., De Dominicis, S., Ariccio, S., Stancu, A., Ilin, C., Garcia Mira, R., Martínez, H., Dumitru, A., Lema-Blanco, I., Steinberga, I., Strode, I., Hrabar, M. and Kobal, J. (2015). Survey on Public Perceptions of Environmental Risks. Printed edition: A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira.  ISBN 978-92-79-54020-2.
  • García-Mira, R. & Dumitru, A. (2014). Urban Sustainability: Innovative Spaces, Vulnerabilities and Opportunities. A Coruña, Spain: Deputación Provincial de A Coruña and IEIP.
  • García Mira & Dumitru, A. (coord.) (2014). Low Carbon at Work- Modeling Agents and Organizations to achieve Transitions to a Low Carbon Europe. LOCAW Reseach Report.  A Coruña: Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira.ISBN: 978-84-932694-6-3.
  • García-Mira, R. and Dumitru, A. (2014), Experiencing the urban space. A cognitive mapping approach. Journal of the Korean Housing Association 25(2), 63-70.
  • Alvarez, P.; Vega, P. & García-Mira, R. (2014) Sustainable consumption: a teaching intervention in higher education. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 15(1), 3-15.
  • García Mira, R. (2013). Readings on the Prestige disaster: Contributions from the Social Sciences. A Coruña: Institute for Psychosocial Studies and Research.
  • García Mira, R. (2013), Lecturas sobre el desastre del Prestige: Contribuciones desde las Ciencias Sociales. A Coruña: Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Psicosocial.
  • García-Mira, R.; García-González, C.; Dumitru, A.; & Barreiro-Rivas, XL (2012), The social dimension of forest fires: Risk, responsibility, and participation. En S. Kabisch, A. Kunath, P. Schweizer-Ries, and A. Steinführer (Eds.), Vulnerability, Risks, and Complexity. Impacts of Global Change on Human Habitats (pp. 103-119). Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe.
  • García-Mira, R. (2010). Dezvoltarea durabilă şi cultura pro-enviromentală: o abordare psihosocială. Revista de Psihologie Sociala, 26(2), 7-24.
  • García-Mira, R. & Vega Marcote, P. (2009). Sostenibilidad, Valores y Cultura Ambiental [Sustainability, Values and Environmental Culture]. Madrid: Pirámide.
  • García-Mira, R.; García-González, C. & Barreiro Rivas, X.L. (2008). The social perception of the 2006 forest fires in the Northwest region of Spain: Information, trust, education and participation. En: K.H. Kiefer (Ed.), Applied Psychology Research Trends (pp. 183-210). Nueva York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • García-Mira, R. (2008). Environmental Psychology in Europe. Bulletin of People-Environment Studies, 34, 12-19.
  • García-Mira, R.; Stea, D.; Real, J.E.; Elguea, S. & Coreno, V. (2007). Psychology, participation and environmental policymaking: The case of the Prestige disaster. Contemporary Social Sciences (21st Century Society. Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2(3), 275-286.
  • García-Mira, R. & Lema Blanco, I. (2007). The role of information and trust in the process of risk perception. En E. Edgerton; O.Romice and Ch. Spencer (Eds.), Environmental Psychology. Putting Research into Practice (pp. 74-90). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • García-Mira, R.; Real, J.E.; Uzzell, D.; San-Juan, C. & Pol, E. (2006). Coping with a threat to quality of life: the case of the Prestige disaster. Revue européenne de psychologie appliqué / European Review of Applied Psychology, 56, 53-60.
  • García-Mira, R. & Real Deus, J.E. (2006). Psychologie et Politique Environnementale. Éléments Psychosociaux et Politiques liés à la Catastrophe du “Prestige”. In K. Weiss and D. Marchand (Eds.): Psychologie Sociale de L’Environnement, Collection ‘Didact’ (pp. 133-143). Rennes, France: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
  • García-Mira, R.; Uzzell, D.; Real, J.E. & Romay, J. (eds.) (2005) Housing, space and quality of life. London, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
  • García-Mira, R.; Real, J.E. & Romay, J. (2005). Temporal and spatial dimensions in the perception of environmental problems: an investigation of the concept of environmental hyperopia. International Journal of Psychology, 40 (1), 5-10.
  • García-Mira, R.; Real, J.E.; Uzzell, D.; Blanco, G. & Losada, M.D. (2005). Exploring cognitive representations of citizens in areas affected by the Prestige disaster. En B. Martens & A. Keul (eds.) Designing Social Innovation. Planning, Building, Evaluating (pp. 137-146). Göttingen (Alemania): Hogrefe & Huber.
  • García-Mira, R.; Sabucedo, J.M. & Romay, J. (eds). (2003). Culture, environmental action, and sustainability. Gottingen, Germany: Hogrefe & Huber.
  • García-Mira, R.; Real Deus, JE; Durán, M & Romay, J. (2003). Predicting environmental attitudes and behavior. In G. Moser et al. (Eds.). People, Places and Sustainability (pp. 302-311), Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe & Huber.

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