The Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde with Dr Romice as PI, was recently awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Visiting Fellowships - Round 5.The award has enabled us to invite to our University Prof Robert Gifford one of the most well-recognised researchers on matters of visual cognition and preference in relation to the built environment, to work with the Urban Design Studies Unit from the Department of Architecture to develop indicators of individual and group preferences for urban contexts.
Whilst here, Prof Gifford will deliver the lecture: "Quality of life, pro-environmental behaviour, and urban form: Strange bedfellows?"
Enhancing the quality of life is a key goal of both designers and environmental psychologists.
At the same time, many or most citizens are in favour of slowing or reversing the degrading of the environment. However, many or most of those same citizens are not doing all that they can toward that goal. Why is this? How might urban form, now and in the future, support the shared goal of improving the state of the environment? How can we do more, and better, both as citizens personally and as professional designers?
Robert Gifford, Professor in Environmental Psychology Director of School of Environmental Studies Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Prof Gifford is one of the founders, pioneer researchers and current leaders in environmental psychology. His latest recognitions include American Psychological Association and Environmental Design Research Association Career Awards. Dr. Gifford is the author of over 130 refereed publications and book chapters on environmental psychology and related topics, and the author of five editions of the textbook Environmental Psychology: Principles and Practice(2014). He recently edited the 2016 book Research Methods for Environmental Psychology. Dr. Gifford has been the chief editor of the Journal of Environmental Psychology for 15 years, has served as President of APA’s Division 34, President of the Environmental Psychology division of the International Association of Applied Psychology, and Coordinator of CPA’s environmental section. He is an author of APA’s 2008 task force report on climate change. See more at: web.uvic.ca/~esplab/?q=biography.
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!