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CONVOCATORIA DIRIGIDA A ESTUDIANTES DE DOCTORADO O ÚLTIMOS CURSOS DE GRADO O MÁSTER PARA LA COLABORACIÓN CON EL COMITÉ ORGANIZADOR SIMPOSIO EUROPEO HORIZON 2020 EUROPEAN DIALOGUE AND CLUSTERING ACTION: TRANSFORMING CITIES, ENHANCING WELL-BEING: INNOVATING WITH NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS”

Ampliación de plazo: colaboración con el comité organizador simposio europeo “horizon 2020 European dialogue and clustering action: transforming cities, enhancing well-being: innovating with nature-based solutions”

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Convocatoria de colaboración con el comité organizador del Simposio Europeo “Transforming cities, enhancing well-being: innovating with nature-based solutions”

CONVOCATORIA DIRIGIDA A ESTUDIANTES DE DOCTORADO O ÚLTIMOS CURSOS DE GRADO O MÁSTER PARA LA COLABORACIÓN CON EL COMITÉ ORGANIZADOR SIMPOSIO EUROPEO HORIZON 2020 EUROPEAN DIALOGUE AND CLUSTERING ACTION: TRANSFORMING CITIES, ENHANCING WELL-BEING: INNOVATING WITH NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS”

El Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Psicosocial Xoan Vicente Viqueira, en colaboración con el Grupo de Investigación Persoa-Ambiente de la Universidad de A Coruña, celebrará los próximos días organizará los días 16, 17 y 18 de mayo de 2018 el Simposio Europeo “Transforming cities, enhancing well-being: innovating with nature-based solutions”. Este simposio está co-organizado por el consorcio Connecting Nature y la plataforma Think Nature y financiado por el programa. Seguir lendo Convocatoria de colaboración con el comité organizador del Simposio Europeo “Transforming cities, enhancing well-being: innovating with nature-based solutions”

Elección de Ricardo García Mira como Fellow de la IAAP International Association of Applied Psychology 

El profesor Ricardo García Mira, presidente del Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Psicosocial Xoan Vicente Viqueira,  ha sido distinguido, por elección, como Miembro Fellow de la sociedad científica International Association of Applied Psychology –IAAP (www.iaapsy.org).

Fundada en 1920, IAAP es la asociación internacional de psicología más antigua del mundo y cuenta actualmente con más de1500 miembros, procedentes de más de 80 países. El nombramiento ha sido acogido con satisfacción en su entorno de la Universidad, por la visibilidad internacional que proporciona para su Grupo de Investigación, que utiliza enfoques de psicología aplicada para el abordaje de problemas de sostenibilidad, innnovación social y cambio climático.

El otorgamiento del estatus de Miembro Fellow de IAAPde acuerdo a los Estatutos de la entidad, se produce cada cuatro años distiguiendo a psicólogos que se han destacado con contribuciones sustanciales a cualquier campo de la psicología aplicada. La nominación puede ser hecha a propuesta de cualquier miembro deBoard of Officers (Consejo de Dirección) del presidente de cualquiera de las Divisiones – en nombre de la División- o de cualquier otro miembro Fellow ó miembro de pleno derecho.

En este caso, la nominación de García Mira fue realizada por el Presidente de la División de Psicología Ambiental de IAAP, el Catedrático Wesley Schultz (California State University San Marcos, USA), y secundada por el Catedrático David Uzzell (University of Surrey, Reino Unido), y por la catedrática y exrectora, Profesora Glinnis Breakwell (University of Bath, Reino Unido).

García Mira se desplazará el próximo 30 de Junio a Montreal (Canadá) para recibir del Presidente de IAAP su Fellowship Certificate acreditativo de su nuevo status dentro de la sociedad, que le será entregado durante la Ceremonia de Clausura del 29º Congreso Internacional de Psicología Aplicada, que celebra bianualmente la sociedad.

45 IAPS Bulletin is now available

45 IAPS Bulletin is now available

Editorial address, by Ricardo García Mira

Here we are again with a new issue of the bulletin of IAPS, with an eye on our next IAPS Conference in Rome. Organized by Giuseppe Carrus and his team of collaborators, the conference will address as a main theme the “Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles changes and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges”. We are eager to revisit “the eternal city” to debate, strengthen our research ties, and make new proposals that contribute to a greater or lesser extent to build a more just, safer and more livable world.

In this issue we include new articles about two relevant topics. On the one hand, Bernardo Jiménez, Verónica Barrios and Tania Flores analyze the impact of the construction of a dam in Temacapulín (Jalisco, Mexico), placing the emphasis on the psychosocial, environmental and health impact factors produced by the anticipation of forced displacement of the population, experienced as a disaster, and the absence of participation in the risk management process.

Anna Bornioli (who won the IAPS Young Researchers Award in 2016 in Lund) discusses the concept of place as a product of personal experiences and implications, introducing the debate about the geographical idea of place, the activators of restorative and affective potential of built scenarios, as well as aspects that have to do with the memory of place, place attachment, and place identity as elements that play an important role in the restorative experience.

The Bulletin also includes the presentation of two research projects that are being carried out in Lisbon and A Coruña, in collaboration with other European universities, under the coordination of Luisa Lima, Paula Castro and others in the case of SCOPE (Sustainable Communities, Organizations and Places), and Adina Dumitru and Ricardo García Mira (under the general coordination of Marcus Collier, from Trinity College Dublin) in the case of CONNECTING Nature (CoproductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, InnovatioN and Gobernance).

We also dedicate space to the International Conference on Environmental Psychology, organized by the People-Environment Research Group (University of A Coruña), in coordination with the 4th Division of Environmental Psychology of the IAAP, which focused the debate on theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability.

The 45 IAPS Bulletin is now available for download. Enjoy!

About IAPS 

IAPS is a lively international association of scholars and practitioners from the disciplines which share a fundamental interest in environment and behaviour studies. These include environmental psychology, architecture, geography, urban design, sociology, interior design, landscape, anthropology, planning and environmental management. The association fosters interdisciplinary study of the transactions and interactions between people and their socio-physical surroundings – including both built and natural environments.

New publication “Environmental Psychology – Enhancing Our World” released!

Environmental Psychology – Enhancing Our World

Professor Robert Gifford, University of Victoria, Canada, who has investigated a range of topics within environmental psychology, from climate change and sustainability to architecture and place attachment, has recently edited the publication  “Environmental Psychology – Enhancing Our World”

Gifford explains in the introductory chapter that:

“environmental psychology is the study of how we, as individuals and as part of groups, interact with our physical settings—how we experience and change the environment, and how our behavior and experiences are changed by the environment. In environmental psychology, “environment” includes both natural and built settings, that is, natural resources, parks, homes, workplaces, public spaces, from the personal scale to the room, building, neighborhood, urban, wilderness, and global scales”.

WHAT ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SERVES FOR?

As explained in the book, environmental psychologists ask such important questions such as:

  • “What prevents people from behaving in a sustainable manner?”
  •  “What can we do to encourage environmentally friendly behavior?”
  • How can buildings serve the needs of their users?”

If you are interested in knowing more about how psychological factors have a significant impact on environmental behavior you can free download the book in THIS LINK

Libro de Resúmenes del Congreso de Psicología Ambiental ICEP2017

La Conferencia Internacional de Psicología Ambiental (ICEP2017), organizada por el Grupo de Investigación Persona-Ambiente de la Universidade da Coruña, en coordinación con la División de Psicología Ambiental de la Asociación Internacional de Psicología Aplicada (IAAP), reúne investigadores que se centran en el estudio de las interacciones entre las personas y sus entornos físicos y los efectos que uno tiene en el otro.
La Conferencia ICEP 2017, celebrada en la facultad de Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidade da Coruña los días 30 y 31 de agosto y 1 de septiembre de 2017,  fue un lugar de encuentro, debate e interacción en torno a la ciencia y la práctica de la Psicología Ambiental y tiene como objetivo facilitar el intercambio científico y la comunicación de última generación sobre temas de Psicología Ambiental.
ICEP 2017 se centró en el tema “Teorías del cambio en las transiciones de sostenibilidad y la innovación social” para promover el debate sobre desarrollos teóricos de vanguardia y estudios empíricos recientes sobre los factores individuales y sociales que tienen un impacto en transiciones suficientemente rápidas hacia la sostenibilidad , y en la mayoría de los modelos de innovación social prometedores que pueden abordar los problemas perversos del cambio climático, la desigualdad, la alienación social y la disminución del bienestar humano.
El Instituto Xoan Vicente Viqueira colabora con la organización ICEP2017 editando una publicación de la versión impresa del Libro de resúmenes, que recoge los abstracts de las 329 contribuciones seleccionadas, estructuradas en 31 sesiones y 25 simposios, y un total de 45 pósters.
La versión digital (PDF) del Libro de Resúmentes del congreso ICEP 2017 está dispponible para descarga en el siguiente link: 

Richard Wener: Can Detention Be Humane and Sustainable?

Keynote by Richard Wener, New York University, USA, at the International Conference of Environmental Psychology ICEP-2017, A Coruña, 30, 31 August, 1st September 2017. 

Richard Wener, PhD, is Professor of Environmental Psychology, and head of the Sustainable Urban Environments program at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University. He is a fellow and past president of Division 34 of the American Psychological Association, and received the Career and Distinguished Service Awards from the Environmental Design Research Association and the Distinguished Scholar Research Award from the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

Can Detention Be Humane and Sustainable?

Perhaps the most profound act a state can take – one that can be both legal and common – is to take away a person’s freedom, yet many millions remain locked up every day. Only in prisons are people kept for long periods of time in conditions that so significantly violate basic notions of our rights and who we are.

We lose control over uses of space as basic as determining where and with whom we sleep, when we can rise, eat, bathe, read, work and recreate. Notions of privacy we learn from childhood are largely eliminated, including our ability to enter or leave a social situation, to dress, clean or toilet out of sight of others. Moreover, the above describes normal conditions (“general population”) and does not touch on more extreme situations, such as solitary confinement.

One hopes that legal jurisdictions commit people to such conditions only when other options fail, and with the most careful thought and consideration, but we know this is not the case many places and many times.

Prisons can also have a profound impact on the sustainability of communities. They can change the definition and image of a town as place names get forever associated with the local penitentiary. They may use inordinate amounts of precious and scarce resources, such as potable water, and sometimes, in exchange, return sewage and other sources of pollution.

This talk will use evidence-based understanding and value-based principles to discuss how prisons can be designed and run to meet international standards of humane treatment, be safe and secure, allow for possibilities for offering services that can lead to positive outcomes, and do so while maintaining sustainable models of design and operation.

 

Winnifred Louis: What the Rise of Right-wing Populism Means for Transitions towards Sustainability?

Keynote by Winnifred R. Louis, University of Queensland, Australia, at the International Conference of Environmental Psychology ICEP-2017, A Coruña, 30, 31 August, 1st September 2017. 

Winnifred R. Louis (PhD McGill, 2001) is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision-making. She has studied this broad topic in contexts from politics and community activism to health and environmental choices. Winnifred is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals and book chapters, and she has been awarded over $1m of competitive grant funding. She also works with Green organisations, politicians, and conservation biologists to promote effective environmental advocacy.

Unprecedented Disasters and Environmental Emergencies: What the Rise of Right-wing Populism Means for Transitions towards Sustainability, and What We Should Do Next

The rise of right-wing populism has seen a vigorous destruction of institutions, regulations and programs to mitigate climate change and to promote sustainability. Around the world, the rise in power of new right-wing movements has provoked a sense of crisis among environmentalists. In this talk I will discuss what I think we did right, what we got wrong, and what we need to do next.

I will present environmental behaviour as a property of groups as well as individuals, and I will argue that many environmentalists have ignored group processes that are well known, predictable and fundamental. This neglect has greatly undermined our persuasive efforts with political opponents.

I approach the topic as a social psychologist who studies decision-making in conflict, and I argue that by employing tactics known to create backlashes in conflict, environmentalists co-create variants of reactionary partisanship. Partisanship on environmental issues means that climate scepticism and indifference to sustainability become badges of political ideology, with profound negative consequences for the planet whenever conservatives come to power. Yet this dynamic is not inevitable.

I present a series of studies linking decisions made by individuals with group identities and norms (groups’ standards or rules), and demonstrating particular forms of positive persuasion vs. toxic backlash. The key problem that I identify across the studies is that persuasive messages that work for true believers are ineffective or counter-productive with opponents.

I close with five key recommendations for change in our approach: now that we have built a sense of problem recognition and motivation on our side of the political fence, we must change tactics to foster those beliefs and motivations among other voters and citizens. The social psychology of group processes and intergroup relations provides tools for new bipartisan transitions towards sustainability.

 

La Universidade da Coruña acoge el Congreso Europeo de Psicología Ambiental ICEP-2017

El Instituto Xoán Vicente Viqueira colabora en la organización del congreso Internacional de Psicología Social “Teorías de Cambio e Innovación social y Transiciones hacia la Sostenibilidad”

Ricardo García Mira, Profesor de la Universidade da Coruña y presidente del Instituto de Estudos e Investigación Psicosocial Xoan Vicente Viqueira, inauguró el Congreso Europeo de Psicología Ambiental  ICEP2017 “Theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability”, que reúne los días 30, 31 de agosto y 1 de septiembre, en A Coruña a más de 300 científicos procedentes de todas partes del mundo.

Adina Dumitru & Ricardo García MiraTras el acto inaugural, Ricardo García Mira y Adina Dumitru impartieron la ponencia inauguralPromoting sustainable lifestyles, social innovation and wellbeing in Europe: lessons from three large-scale interdisciplinary projects en la que recorrieron los más de 20 años de investigación del Grupo de Investigación Persona-Ambiente, cuyos resultados contribuyen actualmente a la estrategia de innovación de la UE sobre “estilos de vida y economía verde” y serán transferidos a la acción política en materia de Cambio Climático. 

García Mira y Dumitru presentaron resultados de los proyectos europeos LOCAW (Low Carbon At Work), GLAMURS (Green Lifestyles), TRANSIT (Tranformative Social Innovation) e introdujeron un avance del proyecto CONNECTING NATURE, un proyecto Horizonte 2020 que acaba de comenzar su andadura, con una duración de 5 años.

En la sesión inaugural  del congreso  participaron también Wesley Schultz (Presidente de la División de la Asociación Internacional de Psicología Ambiental), Julio Abalde (Rector de la Universidade da Coruña), Maria Gomez (Teniente de Alcalde, Ayuntamiento de A Coruña, Ricardo Garcia Mira (Presidente del Comité Organizador del Congreso) y Manuel Peralbo (Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación).

Ponentes invitados (invited keynotes): 

Immo Fritsche,  University of Leipzig, Germany. Lecture: Collective Problems Require Collective Answers: A Social Identity Model of Pro-Environmental Action

Winnifred R. Louis, University of Queensland, Australia. Lecture: Unprecedented Disasters and Environmental Emergencies: What the Rise of Right-wing Populism Means for Transitions towards Sustainability, and What We Should Do Next

Linda Steg, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Lecture: Understanding intrinsic motivation to engage in pro-environmental actions

Richard Wener, New York University, USA. Lecture: Can Detention Be Humane and Sustainable?

Enric Pol, University of Barcelona, Spain. Lecture: Sustainability, learned helplessness and empowerment. Revisiting the challenges for environmental psychology.

COMITÉ ORGANIZADOR 

El Comité Organizador del Congreso está compuesto por los miembros del Grupo de Investigación Persona-Ambiente de la Universidade da Coruña: Ricardo García Mira, Adina Dumitru, Isabel Lema Blanco, Octavio Salvador Ginez (Universidad Autónoma de México),  Helena Martínez Cabrera, Francisco Rey Vizoso, Mariana Baldoino (Universidade Federal do Amazonas) y Mª Pilar García de la Torre. 

COMITÉ CIENTÍFICO

El Comité Científico del Congreso está compuesto por los siguientes profesores/as e investigadores/as de ámbito internacional:

Adina Dumitru – University of A Coruña, Spain

Birgitta Gatersleben University of Surrey, UK

Charles Vlek – University of Groningen, Netherlands

Clare Twigger-Ross – Collingwood Environmental Planning, UK

Henk Staats Leiden University, Netherlands

Edward Edgerton – University of West Scotland, UK

Florian G. Kaiser  – Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany

Fridanna Maricchiolo – University of Roma, Italy

Gabriel Muiños – University of La Laguna, Spain

Giuseppe Carrus University of Rome, Italy

Isabel Lema Blanco University of A Coruña, Spain

Jennifer Senick Rutgers Center for Green Building, USA

Linda Steg University of Groningen, Netherlands

Marino Bonaiuto – University of Rome, Italy

Oliver Arnold – Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany

Maria Johansson – Lund University, Sweden

Patrick Devine-Wright – University of Exeter, UK

Petra Schweizer-Ries – Hochschule Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Ricardo García Mira University of A Coruña, Spain

Silvia Collado – University of Zaragoza, Spain

Tony Craig – The James Hutton Institute. Aberdeen, UK

Taciano Milfont – Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Patricia Ortega Andeane – National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Siegmar Otto – Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Kennon Sheldon: “Motivations for change: Self-determination theory –a motivational account of the quest for social change”

Invited Lecture by professor Kennon Sheldon, University of Missouri, USA, at the Social Learning Workshop “Motivations, relations and transformations: the role of social learning in individual and collective agency for social innovation“.

The Social Learning Workshop was an Integration Workshop organized within the EU FP7 Funded TRANSIT project. TRANSIT is an international research project that aims to develop a theory of Transformative Social Innovation that is useful to both research and practice.

“Motivations for change: Self-determination theory –a motivational account of the quest for social change”

Report by Isabel Lema-Blanco

Professor Sheldon introduces the study of human behaviour from the cultural and social perspective, describing possible rational processes that motivate people to organize and act according to a common purpose (e.g. positive benefits perceived by people involved). Sheldon reflect as well on reasons that explain differences between high motivated people and those who are not.

Why not all people are interested in the activities? Why just some people are committed to work for social change and not others? Different psychological theories have explained the relation between motivation and behaviour and, according to Sheldon, the Self-Determination Theory has contributed to explain the factors and conditions that influence individual´s intrinsic motivations (applied to those who initially do not receive an external reward), trying to find out why people continue to act willingly, even joyfully, without complaint, even when the activity they are committed, is not pleasant. The psychological literature demonstrates that intrinsic motivation comes from people´s curiosity, interests and passions, experiencing a full sense of choice and commitment. Such behaviour is internalized automatically and self-determined.

Related to motivations Professor Sheldon presented the concept of Basic Psychological Needs arguing that popular Maslow’s theory on basic needs (Maslow´s pyramid) seems not to be correct in terms of the hierarchical satisfaction of human needs: “There is not enough evidence of the consistency of the “hierarchical contingency” implied in the Maslow’s theory (it is not true that when need X is met, people start thinking about next level up from X). Besides, it is not clear that self-esteem is a true need (should we really strive for it?) and more people than just 1 in 1000 are self-actualizing”. On the contrary, the Self-determination theory explains that the psychological needs are “experiential nutrients” that all human beings need to experience in order to grow and be happy.

According to the Self Determination Theory there are 3 basic needs: Autonomy: doing what you agree with; Competence: doing it well; and Relatedness: connecting with others.

Sheldon highlights the importance of autonomy support. Autonomy (which is not similar to independence) means “being the owner of your own behaviour”. Despite most of social relations are unequal power relations (parent/child, teacher/student, boss/employee, coach/athlete, doctor/patient, etc.), the powered part of the relationship can take advantage of the power difference and support subordinate´s perceived autonomy, which contributes to maintain his/her intrinsic motivation: when authorities help subordinates to get autonomy, this helps them mature and internalize their motivations. According to self-determination theory, autonomy can be enhanced, for example, whether subordinates are provided with the most possible options (to be chosen) or if substantial arguments support the unique possible alternative.

Participants discussed the importance of motivating groups of people in terms of enhancing certain behaviours of practices that are not necessarily pleasant or enjoyable for people. Psychological studies should provide deeper “knowledge on how motivations work, explaining how people end up accepting implicit social rules and agreements in activities they dislike, such as paying taxes”.

The ensuing discussions addressed also the issue of empathy, due to the fact that social structures are not always empathy supportive. So, could empathy be an outcome of a social learning process? Working with communities and organizations is a very important motivation which has also been observed within the social initiatives studied in TRANSIT. Theoretically, motivation does not foster empathy due to the fact that empathy is grounded on personal experience and it is developed along a process.

Besides, if there is a sequence of different types of motivation, how do they interact? How collective activisms emerge? Participants also reflected on the relation between individual and context and how this is framed in the self-determination theory. Intrinsic motivation undermines because of stressful conditions but it can be enhanced as well if we make it enjoyable, funny, interesting or fulfilling (e.g. capitalism is not autonomy supportive but the economic system provides many types of satisfactory experiences to people).

Psychological research explains that creating supportive environments helps people to change the context, gaining autonomy or agency capacity. This also relates with the need for relatedness, and the need of enhancing group identity and providing spaces where people feel good in some way (as some SI initiatives have learned to do overtime).

Motivations for change: Self-determination theory –a motivational account of the quest for social change. Download Sheldon’s presentation HERE