Investigation Lines



Research lines in the field of psychology, education, natural environment and built environment

TRAINING

Staff training in the field of environmental sustainability. Environmental education programming within companies and organizations in general.

ENVIRONMENT

The environment in the workplace. Training of environmentally responsible workers.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY DEVELOPMENT

Educational intervention proposals.

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT AND AGENDA 21

Tools for sustainability at the University and other institutions.

SAFETY

Safety in the workplace. Psychosocial analysis of risk. Study of the behavior that creates risk. Risk prevention.

ECOLOGICAL RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR

Analysis of environmental attitudes and behaviors. Predictive models of environmental behavior.

PEQI

Development and design of environmental quality indexes from the perspective of the citizen/user (PEQI).

SIE AND PUBLIC OPINION

Social Impact Evaluation (SIE) as a speciality of environmental impact assessment, with emphasis on the impact assessment of relevant events and emergencies on the population (eg fires, disasters…). General surveys of public opinion about environment and specific fields, focussed on knowledge and research of social representations of several environmental problems.

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Evaluation of environmental quality. Evaluation of social and physical environment. Application in neighborhoods, residential areas, services, public buildings, urban environmental design.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Cooperation between Civil Services and Research Centers for the development of Agenda 21 and local sustainability programs. These include counseling and the design of information processes and public participation (EC Directive 85/337).

SOCIAL-COMMUNITY

Psychology and Environmental Education from the socio-community perspective. Local development: The role of government authorities. The role of the school. The role of the family.

HUMAN VALUES

The study of human values and their relationship with human behavior, with applications in the field of environmental education and the research of explanatory models of environmental behavior.

DAILY SPACES

Analysis of daily spaces (houses).

COLLECTIVE SPACES

Analysis of collective spaces (alternative groups of houses).

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

Assessment of “Prestige” disaster. Analysis of information and communication processes during the disaster management. Analysis of the relevance of dimensions such as trust, vulnerability, education and participation.

CO2 REDUCTION

Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions at workplace.

HEALTH

Representations of disease, podiatry and health.

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

Study of advertising, marketing and consumption habits, with special emphasis on the university level. Analysis of advertising impact and proposals for intervention to reduce excessive consumption.

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES AND GREEN ECONOMY

Development of a theoretically-based and empirically-grounded understanding of the main obstacles and prospects for transitions to sustainable lifestyles and a green economy in Europe, as well as of the most effective means to support and speed them up. Research in this field will try to develop theory on determinants of sustainable lifestyles and lifestyle change, as well as develop models and evidence on obstacles and prospects for the transformation to green economies and lifestyles.

SOCIAL INNOVATION

Research on this field utilizes a research method which encourages feedback from social entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers and academics to develop a theory with practical relevance, based on insights from other theories of social psychology, transition theory, social movement theory and institutional theory. We study how social innovation can bring about empowerment and societal transformation.


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