Aims and Objectives

IAPS was set up to facilitate interdisciplinary debate and international collaboration in environment-behaviour research and man-environment studies.

IAPS doesn’t have boundaries, geographic or disciplinary, and testimonial of this is the membership we have gained through the years, including disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, art, science, technology, building management, economy, engeneering, environmental management, gerontology, housing, history,landscape architecture, planning, geography, urban design, ecology (and more!) from almost all Continents!

Substantial work has been produced since its foundation and the Congress Themes which have been organised demonstrate how IAPS members and activities have always been well in tune and sensitive to issues of urbanisation, people and the environment. Perhaps the biggest challenge that IAPS has today is to keep production and ideas active and at the same time make its, and the exceptional work of its members, known increasingly more to policy makers, so that this human oriented research finds application.

A useful way to do so is through the establishment of National environment-behaviour-research groups, which can establish more direct contacts to the policy makers and bring to them the work that IAPS members across the world are doing, and that not every Country can do alone.

IAPS supports these groups and is very willing to facilitate the establishment and activities of new ones. A practice that we are trying to establish is to encourage National/Regional Conferences of such groups in the odd years of the IAPS Biennial Congress. For example, in 2005 we had the ‘Bridging the Gap’ Conference organised by EPUK in Glasgow, in 2007 we had the German Environmental Psychology Conference in Bayeruth, in 2009 we will have another German Environmental Psychology Conference in Zurich.

–> This is a request for all IAPS members: let us know about your National Group, we are trying to compile a list of such initiatives to, eventually, show your work and achievements.

IAPS undertakes numerous activities – Bulletin, Bibliography, Networks, Young Researchers .. You can read more about all of them visiting throughly our website. Enjoy!

IAPS has managed to attract and retain many outstanding researchers, scholars, teachers, activitsts amongst its members over the year, who are committed and a true inspiration for new members. One of the priorities of the IAPS Board is to encourage more young researchers to join and be active within IAPS. We are always looking for new ways to facilitate the interaction between them, and the activities which we called the Young Researchers summarise these initiatives. Apart from special student rates for joining the Association and reduced rates for attending conferences, we have instituted:

Young Researcher Award which recognises the best paper from a young researcher at the IAPS Conference.

Doctoral Student Workshop linked to the Conference at which doctoral students can discuss their work with leading EB researchers and fellow students in a supportive environment. Read more in the Young Researchers Page.

The Objectives of IAPS are
To facilitate communication among those concerned with the relationships between people and their physical environment
To stimulate research and innovation for improving human well-being and the physical environment
To promote the integration of research, education, policy and practice
To Achieve its Objectives the Association
Facilitates contact and exchange of ideas between members all over the world
Holds regular conferences and specialised symposia and seminars in English and French
Publishes a newsletter, conference and seminar proceedings and a membership directory
Develops relationships with similar organisations (EDRA (N. America); MERA (Japan); PAPER (Australasia))
Maintains study networks which regularly organise Network Symposia and publish Newsletters
Benefits of Membership Include
The right to vote and stand for membership of the Board
Reduced fees for attending conferences and seminars
Free copies of the IAPS newsletter. This contains research summaries, articles, reviews, letters, lists of references, and general news of the research field
Reduced subscription rates for specified journals
The right to be listed in and receive a copy of the Directory of IAPS members