IAPS International Network Symposium 2013

Sustainable environments in a changing global context

Identifying opportunities for innovative spaces and practices in contexts of crisis

A Coruña, Spain, June 25-28, 2013

Symposium structure

The symposium will use a format intended to promote discussion, debate and involvement of participants in order to produce creative and efficient solutions to real and important problems, as well as to answer significant questions about the interaction of people with different environments and contexts affected by crisis. This international symposium is organized to encourage the participation of scholars and practitioners from different disciplines and areas including psychology, sociology, anthropology, architecture, urban design, and planning, and from a range of countries and cultures.


Instead of the traditional keynote lectures, it will use a format of plenary sessions which will be organized as panel discussions and will encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural debate. The plenary sessions will soon be available on this website.


Contributions will be accepted in the following categories:


  • Paper presentations: at the heart of the symposium will be paper presentations by researchers drawing on applied and theoretical research. Papers from both academics and practitioners will be considered for inclusion.


  • Posters: describing contributions and the latest results of scientific work from theoretical and research work (especially PhD-researchers) best practice, qualitative case studies, quantitative studies, etc.


  • Specific sessions: representatives from various organizations involved in sustainability, housing and built environment or urban development initiatives including: the private sector, commercial business, official agencies, municipalities, NGOs, schools, universities, and other institutions etc. are invited to organize sessions that will give a platform for in-depth discussion. Participants can propose a session on any issue pertinent to the theme of the symposium.


Scientific programme


IAPS Association
IAPS Housing Network IAPS Sustainability Network IAPS Culture and Space Network
Instituto de Estudios e Investigación Psicosocial People-Environment Research Group Universidade da Coruña

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