who we are

The Inter-University Centre for Research in Environmental Psychology (CIRPA), established in 2005, aims to promote and develop in Italy the field of Environmental Psychology, consorziando together the main Italian Universities and Research Institutions (initially with LS Rome, Padua and Cagliari, and in the course of completion Roma3, LUMSA and ISTC CNR) where they are until more consolidated the interests of psychological research in this direction.

The CIRPA therefore proposes to:

   promote, coordinate and carry out studies and research in the field of Environmental Psychology (and therefore on the relationships between people and social and physical environments or socio-physical);
foster the use, consultation and exchange of information, study materials and research results among researchers in the field, even in the context of relationships with other institutes or departments at universities, national research institutes and international, public and private;
stimulate activities aimed at training researchers on topics and areas relevant to the activities of the Centre;
encourage the development of partnerships between scholars belonging to different disciplines;
organize meetings, seminars and conferences at national and international levels;
undertake support scientific research, training and evaluation for government departments and public bodies, private and non-profit organizations, for various reasons interested in the problems of the interactions and transactions between people and environments sociofisici of various types, including environments' natural ', those built by man, virtual and linked to new technologies;
promote and implement the training and retraining of operators who carry out their activities in service organizations and institutions working in the fields above.

The Environmental Psychology (PA) aims to study human behavior and well-being of individuals with regard to the physical and social (or socio-physical) environments, or places, of everyday life. One of its main purposes, to provide knowledge and expertise, in the psychological sense and environment, to the sides of the design and management of the living environment for the various aspects and levels of the scale of these: built environments, 'natural', technological .

These can include residential areas (domestic and / or urban), care (hospitals, nursing homes, etc..), Working (offices, factories, etc..), Education and training (schools, universities, etc..) leisure and cultural use (museums, theme parks and protected areas, etc.).. From a theoretical-methodological approach, it aims to develop the '"instance ecological", often emerging within psychology in general and social psychology in particular, with reference to the ecology of psychological origin Lewinian.

The PA has spread internationally, especially since the 50's, while it is less developed in Italy than was the case for several years in several other countries: USA, Sweden, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Japan , etc.. Among the factors that have contributed to its birth, there is a growing interest that several areas of technical expertise (eg, architecture, engineering, and various environmental sciences, natural, technological, economic, legal, etc.. ) have shown in this direction, since World War II onwards, thereby stimulating the potential of this new interdisciplinary field of psychological research.

In particular, as regards the scope of the architectural and engineering design, design and urban planning, systematic collaboration between psychologists and architects led to the development of so-called architectural psychology, which focused mainly on the study of the ways in which particular characteristics of the physical space can guide and influence the behavior and well-being of the users of buildings or built spaces.

On another side the other hand, interest in the so-called human dimension of "global environmental change" (eg, loss of biodiversity, reduction and gradual pollution of natural resources, the thinning of the ozone layer, l ' greenhouse gases with the consequent climate changes and the human overpopulation and so on), more and more emerging within the various natural and environmental sciences (such as ecology, science, agronomy and forestry, climatology, chemistry and environmental physics, etc..), has stimulated environmental psychologists towards the study of the relationship between people and the environment, in this case defined natural, and focus specifically on understanding the psychological factors involved in the phenomena and changes in the bio-ecological environments, or ecosystems. This has triggered the most recent turn of the PA, to one that is also referred to as environmental psychology of sustainability, or sustainable development, taking in this case the terminology used by international organizations of the United Nations (UN), especially from the UN Conference Rio de Janeiro on Environment and Development of 1992