The scientific study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their surroundings including built, social, educational, natural and virtual environments, and the use and abuse of nature and natural resources, and sustainability-related behavior.

Research areas include:

✦ Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of People and Nature

✦ Cognitive Mapping, Spatial Cognition, and Wayfinding

✦ Ecological Consequences of Human Actions

✦ Theories of Place, Place Attachment and Place Identity

✦ Environmental Risks and Hazards: Perception, Behavior, and Management

✦ Perception and Evaluation of Buildings and Natural Landscapes

✦ Effects of physical and natural settings on human cognition and health

✦ Theories of Pro-Environmental Behavior, Norms, Attitudes, and Personality

✦ Psychology of Sustainability and Climate Change

✦ Psychological Aspects of Resource Management and Crises

✦ Social use of Space: Crowding, Privacy, Territoriality, Personal Space

✦ Design of, and experiences related to, the physical aspects of workplaces, schools, residences, public buildings and public space