The Swedish Area Group in Environmental Psychology (Svenska områdesgruppen för miljöpsykologi) consists of researchers from Sweden and other countries with a common concern for psychological aspects of human-environment relations. They come from a variety of fields in addition to psychology, including architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, urban horticulture, and health care. They recognize that diverse actors have a common need for staying up-to-date on theory and methods in environmental psychology. Current research covers for example strategies for the promotion of a wide range of pro-environmental behaviours, public acceptance of renewable energy sources and energy efficient technology, the ecological and psychosocial tradeoffs with increased residential densities in large cities, harmful effects of traffic noise, the design of transportation management strategies, and the design of environments facilitating human restoration and well-being.
The primary activity of the Area Group is the annual meeting. The meeting is typically well-attended by senior researchers, but with most of the presentations given by PhD students. The meeting is meant to provide an informal and supportive setting in which younger researchers can acquire experience and confidence in exercising their professional skills.
Cecilia Jacobsson Bergstad , University of Gothenburg