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Some reviews of our work:   Some recent projects:   Some ongoing projects:

Nature in the city (2007)
Nature and waking (2007)
APA Monitor article 1
APA Monitor article 2
Room with a view (2008)
The Localization Reader (2012)
Energy Bulletin 1 (2012)
Energy Bulletin 2 (2012)
Resilience (2012)

 

Design Patterns for Transition 2011-2013 - Part of ongoing research on Adapting-in-place (AIP), development of a pattern language for the process and psychology of responding to energy and resource descent while addressing the rising defensive expenditures related to climate change.

Community Reskilling Needs Assessment 2010-2012 - Part of ongoing research on Adapting-in-place (AIP), an investigation of psychological aspects of responding to a rapid energy descent (UROP 2010-2011).

Nature settings and outdoor physical activity 2007 - Part of an ongoing study (the Walkout Initiative) of the role of nearby nature in promoting physical activity.

Nearby nature in the city 2007 - Exploring the use of everyday nature in preserving and enhancing the livability of or urban settings. (Click here for site with downloadable document and links for sharing images.)

Riverside Park 2005 - Investigation of how an urban riverfront park might better meet the needs of the local community

Brookfield 2003 - An assessment of the effectiveness of an interactive conservation exhibit in promoting environmental stewardship behavior change.

UROP 2000-2001
- Part of ongoing research on the importance of nearby nature in maintaining mental effectiveness. Working hypothesis is that mental (attentional) fatigue diminishes the ability to engage in thoughtful and planful behavior. This project was a 2-by-2 study of urban versus nature walks by vigilant versus meditative focus.

UROP 2001-2002 - Part of ongoing research on the importance of nearby nature in maintaining mental effectiveness. Working hypothesis is that mental (attentional) fatigue diminishes the ability to engage in thoughtful and planful behavior. This project focused on refining measures of mental vitality.

 

Workhop on Urgent Transitions 2008-2017 - Humans have always faced biophysical constraints. However, in the last century or so, during a historically brief, one-time era of fossil fuel abundance, it has been possible to ignore those constraints. This is no longer possible. Now the questions before us are these: How should societies respond to re-emerging and unavoidable biophysical constraints? How can they transition in ways that are peaceful, democratic, just and environmentally resilient? How might they craft a society that lives well and well within the limits of this single planet?

This workshop facilitates a conversation about these and other questions. Its focus is the response to a new era in the relationship between humans and the finite planet they inhabit. We believe that individuals and communities will enter this conversation, sometimes eagerly, sometimes reluctantly, as their outlook shifts from an expectation of ever-increasing material and energy abundance to one of limited resource availability. The conversation is needed, even overdue, but it will be hard. This workshop and related seminars seek to make this difficult conversation a bit less so.

Some related publications include:

The Localization Papers

The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift (2012) Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press  [Download Introduction]

Walkout Initiative 2006-2013 - A series of studies on the psychological aspects of physical activity in general, and outdoor walking in particular. Includes Green Self-care Poster introducing initiative.

Riverside 2000-2013
- The perception of urban forests and their effects on people. Investigating the relationships among people, ecology and landscape design. Brief description of study. Longer introduction to some of the findings.

         
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