Restorative Environments Network (iapsREN)
iapsREN is an international community of practitioners and researchers interested in how restoration can be promoted and fostered by the environment. Born in Rome in 2008, we operate under the auspices of the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS). Four years later in Glasgow, iapsREN gathered new momentum, resulting in our newly designed identity and community.
Our community is comprised of existing IAPS members. The purpose of our network is to foster community, networking, and collaboration in the field of restorative environments. Within our community you will find environmental psychologists, landscape and physical architects, geographers, health scientists, practitioners, artists, and others all impassioned with a commitment to fostering health and well-being.
Here you will find information about contemporary work in restorative environments, upcoming conferences and professional meetings, and researchers and professionals interested in restorative environments. In the coming month we will also have a community blog where members can participate in an online forum committed to restorative environments.
Now & Then
iapsREN is managed by Carlos Galan-Diaz and Sarah Payne who oversee the network, with important help coming from an IT team consisting of Adam Day and Kayleigh Wyles, and a Publications and Events team consisting of Femke Beute, Kathryn Gilchrist, and Lynette Robertson. Kevin Thwaites will remain in an advisory role and as a link between the iapsREN team and the IAPS committee. We are indebted to parting committee members Helena Nordh, Jenny Roe, and Terry Hartig, who have kept the iapsREN active since its creation at IAPS Rome 2008 and have provided a face for the many people who have made this possible. Their work is much appreciated.