Board / Management

The meeting minutes for IAPS board meetings are available online in the members section to board members

The 2012 IAPS Board:

Ricardo Garcia Mira, President (University of Coruna, Spain)
Giuseppe Carrus, Secretary (University of Roma Italy)
Clare Twigger-Ross, Treasurer (Collingowood Environmental Planning Ltd., UK)
Tony Craig, Membership / Website (The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK)
Claudia Campos Andrade, Newsletter & Young Researchers Workshop (Lisbon University Institute, Portugal)
Clare Twigger-Ross, Newsletter (Collingowood Environmental Planning Ltd., UK)
Ian Simkins, Website & Networks Co-ordinator (Experiemics Ltd., UK)
Petra Schweizer-Ries, Membership, Congress Support & Young Researchers Workshop (University of Magdeburg, Germany)
Kevin Thwaites, Networks (University of Sheffield, UK)
Sigrun Kabisch, Congress activities (UFZ, Germany)
Seungkwang, Shon, Membership (Dongshin University, South Korea)
Landeros, Karina, Networks (National Autonomous University of Mexico)
Hagerhall, Caroline, Membership (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Management Group
 Dr Ricardo Garcia Mira BSc, PhD (Secretary) Contact Ricardo

Professor of Social and Env Psychology at the Dpt. of Psychology of the University of Corunna, Spain. He currently leads the People-Environment Research Group in this University ( where he has conducted applied research in environmental issues during the last 20 years. He is also the President of the Institute for Psychosocial Studies and Research, as well as the President of the Consulting Committee of the Natural Park “Fragas do Eume” (Northwest of Spain). Current clients include the Galician Government, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Spain, and the European Commission (EFRD and FP7 programmes). He is currently the Project Coordinator of an EU project funded under the FP7-Environment programme on ‘Low Carbon at Work: Modelling Agents and Organizations to achieve transition to a Low Carbon Europe” ( (, which is being carried out in collaboration with other 6 European universities. García-Mira is currently a Visiting Reader at the University of Surrey (UK, 2003-2012), and he was an International Visiting Scholar at Texas State University (San Marcos, USA, 2001), a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Tallinn (Estonia, 2002), Universitatea de Vest din Timisoara (Rumanía, 2005, 2007, 2009), Autonomous University of Mexico (2006), and Universidade Federal de Ceará in Fortaleza (Brazil, 2012). European Editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Member of the Editorial Committee of a number of international journals (JEP, EJOP, Psychology).

A list of his recent publications can be accessed here.

Image coming soon.Tony Craig (treasurer)

Profile coming soon.
Aleya Abdel-Hadi (Membership) Contact Aleya

Prof. Emeritus of Interior Architecture/ Fine Arts, Cairo, Helwan University Mohamed Thakeb street/ Zamalek/ Cairo/ Egypt Tel.: +2 02 8500518/ telefax: +2 02 8500480/ mobile: +2 012 2425474. Abdel-Hadi (born Alexandria, 1943) is Professor Emeritus of Interior Design at the Faculty of Fine-Arts, Cairo, Helwan University. Served (2001-2003) as Vice-Dean for Post Graduate Studies and Research at Fine Arts, Cairo; (1998-2000) Dean of College of Architecture and Arts at the University of Petra, Amman, Jordan; (1995-1998) Head of Interior Design Department, Univ. of Petra, Amman, Jordan. Member of IAPS (51) since 1981, her research interest is on Socio-Spatial Organization: Housing. Between 1976 and 1993, she completed research on the assessment of urban residential areas in and around Cairo with several institutions including the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research (Cairo) and the Technical University of Berlin. She has been an active member of a Housing Seminar organized by the Centre d’ Etudes et de Documentation Juridique et Sociale (CEDEJ) with a group of architects and planners. Currently, she is Advisor of Academic Researches on Care Centers for the Mentally Retarded, and on the Gated Communities in Egypt. She is also the organizer of IAPS 19th International Conference 2006, Alexandria, Egypt with Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Published Outputs Group

Giuseppe Carrus (Bulletin) Contact Giuseppe

Department of Cultural and Educational Studies Centre for Interuniversity Research in Environmental Psychology (CIRPA) Rome, Italy

Clare Twigger-Ross (Newsletter) Contact Clare

Since gaining her PhD in Environmental Psychology in 1994 at the University of Surrey, UK, Clare has worked in academia (University of Surrey) and the Environment Agency for England and Wales. Currently she is a technical director at Collingwood Environmental Planning Limited ( which is a small multidisciplinary sustainability consultancy working at the research-practice interface mainly for public sector organizations (e.g UK government departments, European Environment Agency and UK local authorities) Her work is focused on the social aspects of flood risk management, social impact assessment, environmental policy and decision-making and particularly the use of social science evidence and participation processes. A current focus of interest is on developing measures of social vulnerability in the context of flooding, social impact assessment, and climate change as well as a continued interest in place and identity in the context of places threatened by environmental risks. Much of her work involves synthesizing research to support both policy and practice development

Claudia Andrade(Newsletter) Contact Claudia

Cláudia Andrade is a PhD candidate in Psychology at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon University Institute (2008-2012 – expected). She completed a degree in Psychology in 2006, and since then has worked in research projects and consulting studies on Health and Environmental Psychology (e.g., study on the psychosocial impact of the construction of a new airport).Her PhD focuses on the influence of healthcare environments on users. Specifically, she is looking at how patients’ evaluation of physical healthcare environments influences well-being, and how it interacts with their perception of the care unit’ social environment. Her PhD thesis is supervised by Professor Luísa Lima (ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon University Institute) (supervisor) and Professor Marino Bonaiuto (Università di Roma, “La Sapienza”) (co-supervisor), and is funded by a grant from the Portuguese Science Foundation.Cláudia is a member of the research group Health, Environment and Community (HEC) at ISCTE-IUL ( Her research interests are mainly concerned with how physical contexts affect health and well-being outcomes.

Ian Simkins(Website) Contact Ian

Since graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1999 my professional career has been complimented by research and teaching in both Further Education (2004 - 2007), and in Higher Education (since 2000). PhD research developed methodology for revealing spatial aspects of the place experience of primary school aged children in ways relevant to landscape design. I am co-founder of Experiential Landscape, with colleague Dr Kevin Thwaites. Experiential Landscape co-ordinates and employs a person-centred process generating socially sustainable solutions that benefit how people relate to each other and the outdoor settings they routinely use. Since its foundation in 2003, I have also been an active member of the "core team" of UStED (Urban Sustainability through Environmental Design) an International network of researcher's educationalists and practitioners, gathering, updating, co-ordinating and disseminating tools of Sustainable Urban Design, with special emphasis on ‘public space’ I am a member of the Executive Management Board of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, at the University of Sheffield. The centre is a multi-disciplinary organisation with international partners to create collaborative research on cross-cultural issues. I am managing director of Experiemics Ltd., the consultancy of Experiential Landscape.

Networks Group

Kevin Thwaites Contact Kevin

Kevin completed his education in Landscape Architecture at Leeds in 1983 and since then has worked in private practice and higher education completing his PhD in 1999. Kevin teaches and researches in the Department of Landscape, Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Sheffield, focusing on the development of theory and practice in Experiential Landscape. Kevin’s teaching is centred on social dimensions in design of urban open space, particularly urban landscape design theory, design processes and spatial language. Research interests include: the philosophy and theory of landscape and urban design, the relationship between space and experience and its impact on design languages and processes; socially responsive approaches to design in urban settings, particularly how spatial and experiential dimensions converge to influence psychological health. More details can be found by visiting

Ian Simkins Contact Ian

Please see Ian's profile in the Published Outputs Group section.

Congress Related Activities
Dr Corina Ilin Contact Corina

Is an Associate Professor of Environmental Psychology, Applied Social Psychology and Economical Psychology at the West University of Timisoara, Department of Psychology. She also teaches courses in the Department of Architecture of the same University. She has obtained her PhD in Psychology from the University of Lasi (Romania) in 2005. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Corunna, Spain (2005, 2006), and she is the coordinator of the Jean Monnet Grant: A Young Researchers’ view of Romanian Steps towards EU Integration: Analysing Pro-Environmental and Anti-Corruption Policies
Sigrun Kabisch Contact Sigrun

Head of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Germany, and professor at the University of Leipzig. She holds a PhD in urban sociology and did her habilitation in urban geography. Her main research fields are: interdependencies between the social, built, and natural environments in urban landscapes, urban vulnerability concerning extreme weather events, quality of life in shrinking cities, urban restructuring with respect to demographic change and socio-spatial differentiation. Her work is embedded in international comparative studies
Prof. Dr. Petra Schweizer-Ries Contact Petra

Petra Schweizer-Ries is a social and behavioural scientist who has been working on renewable energy technologies since 1992. She worked with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) from 1992 until 2002, where she founded an interdisciplinary work group on rural electrification. Since 2002 she has been a Junior Professor for Environmental Psychology at the University of Magdeburg. There, she leads a research group working on different social aspects of energy distribution and introduction in rural and grid-connected areas. She currently is affiliated with the chair for Sustainable Development at the Universität des Saarlandes.

Claudia Andrade(YRW) Contact Claudia

Please see Claudia's profile in the Published Outputs Group section.