Research Interests

Working Across Disciplines: Research Topics in the Environmental Psychology Program

Student research interests vary widely but all hold to core interests in human-environment interactions, often focusing on urban environments such as New York City.

The following is a sample of student research interests. For a full list, please see our Research Wiki.

• aesthetics and the everyday environment
• children’s rights and the city
• design for special needs
• formal and social implications of architecture
• gender and spaces of exclusion
• housing experience and the threat of foreclosure
• immigration, acculturation, and identity
• multiple methods of field research
• participatory community planning
• privatization and public space
• recreation and nature

Students usually come to the program with an idea of what they would like to study. Their research develops during the first year through identifying a research question and presenting a project proposal. This project is completed during the second year and is written up in the second year paper. In all aspects, theory and methods go hand in hand as students connect their empirical studies with things they are reading. Research continues to develop through the oral exams and the dissertation.


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