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.


EP Professor Michelle Fine Nominated as Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa

Distinguished Environmental Psychology Professor Michelle Fine has accepted an affiliation as Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa, continuing to grow connections between the University of South Africa and CUNY. Congratulations, Dr. Fine! Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Founding faculty member, …

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Congrats to EP Professor Cindi Katz on her Honors from AAG

Environmental Psychology Professor Cindi Katz received 2021 Distinguished Scholarship Honors from the American Association of Geographers. In honoring her work, the AAG cited Katz’s “immense impact on contemporary human geography. Her theoretical and empirical contributions to geography and beyond are of the highest quality. Her enthusiasm for her field and relentless efforts to identify and transform exploitative …

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EP Alum Gieseking Shares Queering Lockdowns: NYC After the Pandemic

The Center PRESENTS QUEERING LOCKDOWNS: NYC AFTER THE PANDEMIC The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of New York City is hosting “Queering Lockdowns: New York City After the Pandemic” Tuesday, March 9, 2021 7 p.m. ET $10 suggested donation Click here for more details! Writers Jeremiah Moss and EP Alumni Jen Jack Gieseking …

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EP Prof. Checker’s Talk on Environmental Gentrification and Sustainability in NYC

The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice Presented by Melissa Checker Upper West Side Neighborhood Naturalists Monthly Meeting February 22, 2021 5:00 – 6:30 PM Click here for Registration From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, many of New York City’s unsightly industrial waterfronts have recently been transformed in green, urban oases.  This …

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Gentrification versus Environmental Justice: EP Faculty Dr. Melissa Checker’s The Sustainability Myth

EP Faculty Member Dr. Melissa Checker publishes The Sustainability Myth: Environmental Gentrification and the Politics of Justice   Uncovers the hidden costs and contradictions of sustainable policies in an era driven by real estate development From state-of-the-art parks to rooftop gardens, efforts to transform New York City’s unsightly industrial waterfronts into green, urban oases have …

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Celina Su’s new “Just Research” Workshop Series

Environmental Psychology Faculty Member Dr. Celina Su leads a new workshop series on Just Research: “Just Research: Study, Struggle, Solidarity” is a short workshop series on conducting public scholarship and democratizing the production of knowledge. The workshop will take place over 5 weeks, provides $500 as an honorarium upon completion, and is specifically tailored for …

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