Board / Management

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

The 2015 IAPS Board:

Ricardo Garcia Mira, President (University of Corunna, Spain)
Giuseppe Carrus, Secretary (University of Roma Tre, Italy)
Clare Twigger-Ross, Treasurer (Collingwood Environmental Planning Ltd., UK)
Tony Craig, Website / Membership (The James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK)
Claudia Campos Andrade, Newsletter, Young Researchers related activities, Young Researchers Workshop, Website (Lisbon University Institute, Portugal)
Ian Simkins, Website and Networks (Experiemics Ltd., UK)
Petra Schweizer-Ries, Membership, Conference Support, Young Researchers Workshop (Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
Kevin Thwaites, Networks (University of Sheffield, UK)
Sigrun Kabisch, Congress Support, Young Researchers Workshop (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, 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 (www.people-envronment-udc.org) 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” ( (www.locaw-fp7.com), 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.

Giuseppe Carrus (Secretary) 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 (www.cep.co.uk) 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
Tony Craig (Website and Membership) Contact Tony

Tony Craig is an environmental psychologist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. He works in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group within the theme of values choices and behaviour. His work focuses on the relationship between psychological factors and environmental behaviour. He is currently working on projects on energy consumption (specifically the 'North East Scotland Energy Monitoring Project), regional sustainability and time-pressure (specifically the GLAMURS project), and is also involved in ongoing research on environmental preference and experiences associated with nature.
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.
Caroline Hagerhall (Membership) Contact Caroline

Caroline Hägerhäll is a Landscape Architect and Professor at the Department of Work Science, Business Economics and Environmental Psychology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Her main research interests are environmental perception and landscape preferences and how this connects to the design and planning of environments for human health and well-being.
Seungkwang Shon (Membership) Contact Seungkwang
Published Outputs Group

Claudia Andrade(Newsletter) Contact Claudia

Cláudia Campos Andrade has a PhD in Psychology by ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon University Institute). She 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), and her PhD focused on the influence of the hospital physical environment on patients’ well-being. Currently she is working at the Institute of Ageing (IE, ICS) in a study on the impact of age-related hearing loss, and she is a researcher in the project “Hospital rooms and patients’ well-being: Exploring modelling variables” (funded by the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation). She will start her post doc in December 2014. Cláudia is a member of the research group Health, for all (H4A) at ISCTE-IUL. Her research interests are mainly concerned with how physical and social contexts affect health and well-being outcomes, particularly in medical settings.

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’ www.ustedurbandesign.org). 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, 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 www.elprdu.com.

Ian Simkins Contact Ian

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

Karina Landeros Contact Karina

Postdoctoral researcher in the Geography Institute, at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) (2014) collaborating in the project “MISTLI: Monitoring, Instrumentation and early Systematization of unstable hillsides”, funded by the National Council of Science and Technology. She obtained her degree in Psychology in 2008; subsequently in 2013 she obtained her PhD in the Environmental Psychology field. She also teaches courses in the Master of Environmental Psychology at the Psychology School, UNAM. Since 2005, she has worked in the Environmental Psychology Research Group of the Psychology School of UNAM, participating in research and consulting projects on how psychosocial dimensions influence human behavior, specifically on the topics of risk perception and coping, global environmental change, urban mobility, climate change, sustainable use of water and environmental dimensions of quality of life. Currently, she is the associated editor for the Latin American Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Congress Related Activities
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

Please see Petra's profile in the Management Group section.

Claudia Andrade(YRW) Contact Claudia

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