Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Environmental Psychology, Overview

  • Jen Jack Gieseking
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_674


While the conceptual framework of environmental psychology developed in the work of the psychology’s nineteenth-century founders, it was not until the 1960s that environmental psychology was announced as a formal interdisciplinary field. Environmental psychology examines the interplay, interrelationships, and transactions between humans and their physical surroundings, including built and natural environments. Rather than a specific branch or specialized subdiscipline of psychology, environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary social science which draws from a variety of disciplines, including geography, anthropology, sociology, public policy, education, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, education, and psychology, especially social and developmental psychology. Environmental psychology is also known as environmental social science or environmental behavior among other monikers. The field consistently pushes the boundaries of mainstream psychology in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Psychology ProgramThe Graduate Center of the University of New YorkNew YorkUSA