Division 4 examines the reciprocal relations between people and the environment considered at all scales. Emphasis is upon enhancing human-environment relations by improving investment in the sensitive design of built settings (as with hospitals, housing, prisons, schools, workplaces, urban centers); by refining the integration of built and natural aspects of human environments (as with parks, pathways and other green infrastructure in cities); and by reducing negative impacts of human activity on the natural environment (as with climate change, loss of biodiversity, misuse of natural resources, and plastic pollution in the oceans).
President: Terry Hartig
President-Elect: Sabine Pahl
Past President: Paul Wesley Schultz
The Journal of Environmental Psychology is affiliated with Division 4. The journal serves individuals in a wide range of disciplines who have an interest in the scientific study of the transactions and interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings (including built and natural environments, the use and abuse of nature and natural resources, and sustainability-related behavior). The journal publishes internationally contributed empirical studies and reviews of research on these topics that include new insights.
The International Conference on Environmental Psychology (ICEP) is organized under the auspices of Division 4. Conferences in this series take place biennially in odd-numbered years, and they ordinarily draw hundreds of researchers from dozens of countries around the world. Participants enjoy a welcoming and supportive context in which they can present and/or learn about the latest research on a wide range of topics, from psychologically informed climate change mitigation efforts to the sensitive design of offices and hospital rooms to the mental health benefits of nature experience.