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Research - by Topic

The following is a list of research interests and topics of students in the Environmental Psychology program:

• Architectural production and practice; cultural and religious institutions; utopia and social change

• Natural environment; outdoor recreation; social capital; environmental planning; environmental activism; trust and space

• Children’s experience in public space of their community; participatory community design; learning environment

• Emotional restoration and green space in urban environments; community-based place-making initiatives; urban sprawl and social capital; urban agriculture as an environmental and community asset

• Human relationship with nature; environmental stewardship; social ecology; environmentalism; environmental education; political ecology; social movements; environmental policy

• Qualitative analysis of young people's environmental experiences, perceptions, and interactions after natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina

• Psychology of environmentally-responsible behavior; environmentalism; urban recycling

• Geographic perspectives on the spatiality and economies of women’s gender and sexuality, particularly lesbians and queer women; methodologies of qualitative mental mapping; power, privilege, and justice; queer theory and feminist theory; generational studies through the lens of the social construction of space and time; GIS

• Emotional geographies; physical and social dynamics of healing spaces; role of race, class and gender in addressing health literacy

• Meanings of home; sense of place and identity; residential environment and interpersonal relationship; health and social support

• Housing, homelessness, and poverty in regard to people living with HIV/AIDS; suburban mysticism; trespassing

• Children's environments, specifically school environments, and how this affects aggression levels

• Loft living and conversion; urban dis-industrialization; waterfront development; historic preservation; GIS; ethnographic documentary

• Environmental education in the urban environment; philosophy of science and epistemology in environmental psychology; evolutionary psychology; place theory and strategies of research

• Development of open space and how privatization influences that process

• Urban children's exploration of places

• Urban landscape as a reflection and construction of cultural and ethnic interests; ethnographic film and photography as a tool for research; relationship of tourism and the commoditization of culture

• Public art and space; adolescents and the environment; community development; urban forestry and environmental governance

• Battered women (re)claiming hom; internet/cyberspace culture/communities

• Culture-environment interactions; role of place and social networks in community identit; spatial cognition; orientation and wayfinding strategies in the subway

• Public transportation; fear of crime; teens' spaces in New York City

• Historic preservation and cultural identity; community participation and cultural heritage tourism; Caribbean cultural identity; Jamaican cultural heritage; Caribbean architectural history; Tourism and culture in Harlem, New York

• Crisis of the public sphere, particularly as it relates to public housing; socio-political environments as they may or may not be conducive to public participation