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People-Environment Studies: Promoting Sustainable Places and Behaviors

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This Research Topic is associated with the activities and mission of IAPS – International Association for People-Environment Studies, a scientific network studying the transactions and interactions between people and their socio-physical surroundings. Submissions to this article collection are open, but are ...

This Research Topic is associated with the activities and mission of IAPS – International Association for People-Environment Studies, a scientific network studying the transactions and interactions between people and their socio-physical surroundings. Submissions to this article collection are open, but are not limited to, Authors that are active members of IAPS. Research Topic articles will be published immediately once accepted in the journal.

People-environment studies involve different disciplines such as psychology, social sciences, design, environmental planning, landscape architecture, social ecology, public health, geography and natural sciences. This IAPS Research Topic will bring together scholars interested in an interdisciplinary exchange and investigation of the relations between people, their socio-physical settings, and their behavior. A wider societal goal of people-environment studies is also that of promoting a significant shift towards a more sustainable relation between humans and their daily life environments. To this purpose, the need of a radical lifestyle change is increasingly recognized, at the scientific, political and public opinion level. The transition to a low-carbon, inclusive and open society has already started, under the push of different driving forces. To sustain this transition, and to manage the related cultural, economic and political process, people-environment studies have a fundamental role to play, by making robust scientific knowledge available to the society at large. Submissions to this article collection are open, but are not limited to, issues like the following:
• Climate change and global emergencies
• Ecological behavior
• Energy, carbon emissions and human behavior
• Environment and public health
• Human well-being in natural and built environments
• Place attachment and place identity
• Restorative environments and human development
• Urban planning, design and human behavior
• Sustainable lifestyle choices

Submissions to this Research Topic should cover issues related to the general field of people-environment studies, and/or to specific themes emerged from the works presented at major IAPS events (such as, for example, the 2018 IAPS Rome Conference, the 2020 Virtual IAPS Quebec Conference, or the 2019 and 2017 IAPS Symposia held in Brazil and Tanzania). Any article type is welcome, including original researches, systematic reviews, mini reviews, method papers, and brief research reports.


Keywords: people-environment studies, sustainable transitions, human wellbeing, human relations to natural and built environments, multidisciplinarity, socio-physical settings


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