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My research concerns human-environment transactions. I am especially interested in applied research focusing upon the individual’s role in sustainable development. The research projects are usually carried out in multidisciplinary contexts in close collaboration with practice.

Active transportation such as walking and cycling supports people’s health and well-being and ameliorates environmental problems associated with motorised transports. One research area studies associations between the individual, urban design and travel mode choice. Ongoing projects focus on children’s mobility in urban environments and walking as a means of travel. After dark, the perception of artificial outdoor lighting will influence the walking experience; here I am examining the consequences of introducing energy-efficient light sources such as Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and different ways of capturing perceived lighting qualities.

I participated in the Pufendorf theme IMPROVE: Improving the Visual Environment for All, 2013-2014.

Natural environments are generally appreciated by humans and natural areas close to built-up areas are under pressure. Another research field explores public perception of biodiversity, as well as biodiversity management and conservation. Some animal species trigger strong emotions in people, positive as well as negative, and I am currently conducting research into human fear of large carnivores.

Environmental psychology in Lund has a long tradition of studying healthcare environments. My focus in this area is on supported housing for people with severe mental illness. I have also conducted research into people’s perception of wind farms.

I teach environmental psychology at basic and advanced levels, and I am an advisor to PhD students in the discipline, primarily at the Faculty of Engineering, Lund University but also at other universities.

I am also project manager for the international conference on human-environment studies (IAPS 24).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences
  • Psychology


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