Environmental Psychology at The Graduate Center

Are you motivated by doing research with (and not on) neighborhoods on issues like stop and frisk? Have you ever wondered about how Citi Bikes  change the experience of urban living or why they are located only in lower/mid Manhattan and nearby gentrifying parts of Brooklyn? The Graduate Center’s Environmental Psychology community embraces the “messy, fleshy” world of everyday life by taking our research out of the lab and into real-world settings.

Interdisciplinary Study of the Human Environment:

  • Provides a dynamic view of human-environment relations that considers how we shape and are shaped by our surrounding environment, from the intimate to the global
  • Takes a multidimensional, holistic stance on the environment that includes built, natural, and social settings
  • Advocates for the integration of many perspectives in interdisciplinary social scientific study to speak within and across disciplines
  • Values and enables public understanding of and engagement with environmental, virtual, social, and urban issues
  • Emphasizes challenging and changing conditions to support social, spatial, and environmental justice
  • Conducts research that uses participation to better understand the environment by incorporating concepts such as freedom of choice and how its absence can affect privacy, territoriality, and crowding

Read more about Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center HERE.


Spatializing Culture by Setha Low

Setha Low, professor of Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center at CUNY recently released her new book: Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place This book demonstrates the value of ethnographic theory and methods for understanding space and place. It considers how ethnographically based spatial analyses can yield insight into prejudices, inequalities and social …

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Faculty Setha Low Speaks About Public Space at the 9th World Urban Forum

Setha Low, professor of Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, recently shared her work on activist focusing on implementing public space initiatives at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The following are her colleague, Michael Mehaffy’s opening remarks for their panel on Implementing Public Space Initiatives in the New Urban Agenda: “I’d …

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Alum Jen Jack Gieseking Interviewed about Latest Research

Jen Jack Gieseking was interviewed by Jacob R. Moore Urban Omnibus, a publication of the architectural league of New York. You can find the interview here! The map above is part of Jen Jack’s A Queer New York site, which will launch in spring of 2019. Courtesy of Jen Jack Gieseking. “Defining and representing what might …

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Theorizing Jealousy: Affect and Emotions in Polyamory

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Enciso Dominguez for her lecture “Theorizing Jealousy: Affect and Emotions in Polyamory.” Join us on Wednesday, March 7th at 11:45 in Room 6304.01 (“The Hub”)! For more information on Dr. Dominguez’s work, please see her faculty page at John Jay. Dr. Dominguez’s lecture is part of the Critical Cluster …

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W.E.B. Du Bois Reading Group

  W.E.B. Du Bois Reading Group Due to popular demand, the Environmental Psychology department at CUNY Graduate Center has started a W.E.B. Du Bois Reading Group. William Edward Burghardt “W.E.B.” Du Bois was an African American sociologist, historian, and activist. He was also the first African American to earn a doctorate. His work includes Souls …

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UDIG: User Design Information Group

Come Join us on February 28th to hear from our EP faculty member Leigh Graham and three of our EP students (Evie Klein, Eleanor Luken, and Troy Simpson) as they share their work with UDIG (User Design Information Group)! Our Brown Bag Events are free and open to the public! Learn more about UDIG by …

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