Geography and Environmental Psychology


Geography and Environmental Psychology searching for the "person-environment fit"

Leonardo Copyright: RWTH

The course adresses applied research fields at the interface of man-environment relationships from the perspective of environmental psychology and geography. Examples for research questions we discuss from an interdisciplinary angle are:

  • Which characteristics of public space invite people to become physically active and to interact socially? How can spatial planning adress and mitigate between conflicts and lifestyle-related preferences?
  • How are people able to find their way through cities and buildings, when they are not even able to point out the direction to the university building C.A.R.L.? How can spatial orientiation and wayfinding be improved?
  • What does it mean to live at a noisy street with heavy traffic? How can peoples needs for mobility and quiet zones be balanced out and how can planning give effect to such aspects?

The course is designed to familiarize students with application fields of environmental psychology and geography for topics of high societal relevance. Such knowledge will improve the understanding for both research fields and their specific paradigms, traditions and methods.

The topic for each course date will focus on a selected application in one of the two disciplines, environmental psychology or geography. Brief statements of the respective other discipline complement the respective viewpoints of the ohter discipline and provides the basis for discussion with students. Application fields for intedisciplinary cooperations and the formulation of subsequent research quesitons and potential applications round up each date.

Please find futher information and the course schedule here.