Exploring the Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment
The 22nd Conference of the International Association People-Environment Studies (IAPS) “Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment: Implications for Research Policy and Practice” will take place from 24th-29th June 2012, at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
IAPS is an International association gathering all those disciplines which share a fundamental interest in environment and behaviour studies: environmental psychology, geography, architecture, urban design, sociology, social psychology, interior design, planning.
The conference will explore human behavior and experience in both the built and natural environments and will focus on the relationship between research, practice and policy and how this can significantly impact on socially and environmentally sustainable development.
The conference intends to achieve its main goal by tracing and recording development in research, identifying future research strategies, and critically strengthening research links with professional practice and policy making within three themes: Geography and Context (urbanisation and planning in developed and developing countries); Planning, Design and Evaluation in Human Environments; Policy Implementation and Management. The themes were informed by a call for research and case-study contributions.
The conference relates well to the Placemaking agenda in Scotland, particularly in terms of encouraging multi-disciplinary participation and collaboration in the process of shaping better places for people and provides the opportunity to link international research on participation and the built environment with issues and challenges for placemaking policy and practice in Scotland.