People-environment Studies


iaps 2014 flyerIAPS is the forum for scholars who have an interest in an interdisciplinary exchange and in the study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their socio-physical surroundings (including built and natural environments) and the relation of this field to other social and biological sciences and to the environmental professions.

The scope of IAPS reflects the scientific and practical capabilities and aspirations in work concerning people in their environments. Areas of interest include:

  • Spatial cognition and wayfinding
  • Ecological aspects of human actions in places
  • Evaluation of buildings and natural landscapes
  • Design of, and experiences in, workplaces, schools, residences, public buildings and public spaces
  • Social use of space: crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space
  • Leisure and tourism behavior in relation to their physical settings
  • Meaning of built environments
  • Theories of place, place attachment, and place identity
  • Resource crises and environmental research
  • Risks and hazards: their perception and management
  • Stresses related to work and residential settings
  • Urban Design, architecture, landscape architecture and their affect on people
  • Multi, Inter and Transdisciplinary work and principles

We are building a precise database of members’ professional profile, with links and contacts, so please keep an eye on this space. Eventually, you will be able to learn a lot from our members. A good starting point to get an idea of what we do though, is the Digital Library run by Bob Martens, which collects all the abstracts submitted at all IAPS Congresses and is free to browse. An invaluable resource!