The benefits of environmental psychology
Environmental psychology is interested in the interaction between people and the environment. The research focuses on psychological processes related to how people affect their environment, and also how the environment affects people. Environmental psychology can examine for example how resource usage and sustainability within consumption, transportation or policy making is related to the well-being of the humans, animals and the environment.
The role of environmental psychology
Environmental psychology is an application of psychological theory in order to study possibilities and hindrances for sustainable development. Our research is intended to generate means for promoting sustainable development.
The researchers in EPU are interested in a variety of topics, for example how values influence, norms and attitudes influence decision-making. The research is mostly applied, that is, makes use of existing psychological knowledge in order to solve a variety of, or a specific environmental problem. However, basic research is sometimes needed; therefore topics concerning basic psychological questions are also examined.
Application of environmental psychology
Environmental psychological research can be applied in a variety of areas. For example in order to influence consumers into more sustainable consumption, develop more effective pro-environmental information, create policies for sustainable business, provide policymakers with tool for more effective decision making, or provide designers with tool in their work of creating pro-environmental environments.
If you are interested in more detailed documents concerning environmental psychological research, we are providing articles from the members of EPU in publications <länk>. Moreover, the psychological department also provides education in environmental psychology.