environmental

‘This is a book about the power of language – strong style, single words – to shape our sense of place.’ So begins this field guide to the literature Macfarlane loves, which doubles as a word hoard of wood, water and earth. There are thousands of terms from dozens of...

Back to our roots for serenity?

Lesley Thoms, the winner in the undergraduate category, suggests a role for ecopsychology in improving well-being.

Where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.
John Muir (...

‘There is a huge amount of psychology research that is relevant, but at the moment we’re talking to ourselves,’ says Chris Spencer, professor of environmental psychology at the University of Sheffield. Spencer recalls a recent talk he gave to a meeting of the Environmental...

Has your professional path reflected personal passions, or has it beena fortuitous one?
A bit of both. When I finished my PhD studies, I nearly abandoned research entirely, thinking what I really wanted to do was become a full-time musician!
I...

Climate change is generally accepted as the largest single issue facing humankind in the 21st century. So why is it then that we, as psychologists, appear to be so quiet on the topic? We believe it’s time that psychology stepped up to the challenge and helped make a...

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007), a group of leading international climate and policy scientists, has recently concluded that climate change is happening and human actions are making a significant contribution to this change. We probably have less...

Castlebeck is an independent healthcare provider for people with learning disabilities who present severe challenges to services. I joined Castlebeck in July 2007, working alongside clinical psychologist Dr Alex Hamlin. As someone keen on a holistic approach to health care, I...

The public are concerned about climate change. Typically, surveys from governments, pollsters and universities show that around 80 per cent of adults are very or fairly concerned about climate change. But levels of concern are on the wane – the UEA e-mails affair, the hype...

Private car use contributes significantly to environmental problems on a global as well as a local and individual level. About 18 per cent of the total energy requirements of European households is for transport (Reinders et al., 2003). What  is behind the love affair with...

We’re sat here in an hotel which is amongst the finest that Leicester has to offer. You look around – what do you see, from a psychological perspective?
A fairly lean space, I suppose. It’s quite a sparse hotel generally, as is the trend. If this was a...