Conference theme

The human being at home, work and leisure. Sustainable use and development of indoor and outdoor spaces in late modern everyday life.

Everyday life has changed dramatically in the past 100 years, and continues to do so in an increasingly digital and globalised world. It has become more difficult to define the boundaries between different spheres of life, between private and public places, and between different parts of the world. These societal trends put increasing demands on the individual, who must evaluate and act in relation to complex and sometimes rapidly changing information.

All over the world people experience the fragile relations with nature, and are faced with similar environmental issues, but people also share the responsibilities for sustainable development globally. We therefore need a thorough understanding of how people as individuals and as groups reason and act at home, work and leisure.

With globalisation follows the 24-7 society, profoundly changing the places where people of all age groups live, work and spend their leisure time. In turn, this development has consequences for energy use and CO2 emissions, locally and globally. In the connected world, expert perspectives and policy are complemented and challenged by the ability of people to instantly and widely share with others what they feel and think. This challenges our understanding of human-environment transactions, and also poses questions relating to the implications for vulnerable groups in society, as well as possibilities for achieving goals relating to equity between genders and with regard to ethnicity.

We invite contributions that define and discuss the implications of current local and global social trends for ecosystems and built structures, and the associations with human behaviour, quality of life, well-being and health, as well as social relationships between people.


To meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, people-environment studies need to develop:

  • Knowledge about how the key environmental elements and social factors interact and how they contribute to people’s quality of life, well-being and health, at home, at work and in their leisure time.

  • New multidisciplinary theoretical perspectives that can enrich people-environment studies, innovative research methods and tools that can be used to address complex environmental issues, and successful examples of integration and implementation in practice.

The conference aims to continue its tradition as an open forum for exchanging ideas, experiences and good practices regarding environmental issues in our society, and the challenge of building a sustainable future. All subjects of debate will continue the IAPS Conference tradition of bringing together research, policy and practice, and promoting multi-disciplinary approaches and critical thinking.

Contributions should actively seek to consider one or several aspects identified below in relation to people’s sustainable use and development of indoor and outdoor spaces at home, work and leisure.


1.   Environmental planning and spatial cognition

2.   Environmental design and the meaning of built environments

3.   Social use of space: crowding, privacy, territoriality, personal space

4.   Human environmental perception

5.   Nature, animals and urban greenery

6.   The interplay between urban and rural areas

7.   Connections between the local and the global community

8.   The role of mobility

9.   Ecological aspects of human actions in places

10. Goal frames, values, attitudes and norms

11. Theories of place, place attachment, and place identity

12. Environmental crises, risks and hazards perception and management

13. Experts’ and lay-people’s perspectives, social representation, and trust

14. Participation, governance, social cohesion and democracy


The Scientific Committee invites submission of abstracts as contributions to one of the following:

    • Individual Oral Presentations
    • Symposium
    • Poster Session
    • Young Researchers Workshop Presentations.