Eja PedersenResearcher, Docent
Research areas and keywords
- Environmental psychology, environmental medicine, environmental science, sound, noise, ecosystem services
I am currently leading the PEIRE-project (People – Environment – Indoor – Renovation – Energy) which involves a large group of researchers from different disciplines: environmental psychology, behavioural psychology, environmental medicine, installation technology, building physics, and thermal physiology. The overall aim of the project is to ensure that multi-family buildings provide healthy homes for residents after energy renovations. Indoor air quality and energy systems should be coordinated, also with the needs and behaviours of the residents. This warrants an understanding of the complex interactions between the residents, building’s technical system and indoor environment. These aspects are studied both separately within the boundaries of respective research fields, and across the applied disciplines using a holistic and meta-theoretical approach that can coordinate the different perspectives into a complex system. The study is carried out in collaboration with a housing company, an energy providing company and a municipality.
Previous projects have concerned other aspects of individuals’ need for good environments that contribute to quality of life. Several studies have focused on the impact of noise from wind turbines on people living in the vicinity. I am still part of the WiTNES-study, led by professor Kerstin Persson Waye at Gothenburg University, in which the effects of wind turbine noise on sleep is investigated in the sleep-lab. How the benefits people gain from nature encounter in terms of cultural ecosystem services could be assessed were explored in a newly finished study initiated by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Recent research outputs
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Paper in conference proceeding