The IAPS Board is happy to announce the call for abstracts of the 23rd IAPS International Conference “Transitions to sustainable societies: Designing research and policy for changing lifestyles and communities” which will take place in Timisoara, Romania (23 – 27) June 2014. The deadline for for abstract submission is 25 November 2013.


Contributions are expected to present research that relates to any of the following conference topics:

1.   The impact of policy makers in building sustainable societies

1.1.  Sustainable use and management of natural resources

1.1.1.     Integrated water resources management

1.1.2.     Land degradation and desertification

1.1.3.     Renewable energy initiatives and energy conservation projects

1.2.  Integrating economic development and environmental protection

1.2.1.     Conflict and environment

1.2.2.     Health and environment

1.2.3.     Tools for sustainable production and consumption

1.3.  Emerging issues and challenges for sustainable development

1.3.1.     Environmental education

1.3.2.     Training for natural resource management

1.3.3.     Capacity building for children and youth

2.   Overcoming the gap between behavioral change and urban planning & design in sustainable societies

2.1.  Place attachment

2.1.1.     Place attachment and pro-environmental behavior

2.1.2.     Place identity and climate change adaptation

2.1.3.     Sense of place and resilience to change

2.2.  The influence of urban restorations on the interaction between people and nature

2.2.1.     The influence of urban restorations on inhabitants’ behavior

2.2.2.     Vulnerability, resilience, and restoration

2.2.3.     Raising people’s interactions through heritage building and urban landscape restoration

2.3.  Environmental attitudes and urban design

2.3.1.     Behavioral patterns and sustainable urban design

2.3.2.     Travel attitudes in urban spaces encouraging alternative means of transportation

2.3.3.     Urban designs encouraging social activities

2.4.  Role of built environments on physical and mental health

2.4.1.     Virtual and physical architecture

2.4.2.     Positive and sustainable work environments

2.4.3.     Built environments, emotions and health

3.     Engaging communities in the transition to sustainable societies

3.1.  Developing community engagement for a sustainable lifestyle

3.1.1.     Achieving safety through community engagement

3.1.2.     Poverty and economic crisis

3.1.3.     Social representation of sustainable consumption

3.1.4.     Community participation in the building process of social and cultural facilities

3.2.  Designing policies for transition to a sustainable society

3.2.1.     Governance and participation for sustainability

3.2.2.     Designing policies for low carbon greenhouse gas emissions

3.2.3.     Change agents for a sustainable society

4.     Communities resilience and socio-cultural change: transitions from traditional to modern societies

4.1.  Transition towns and inhabitants’ life satisfaction

4.1.1.     Psychological implications of living in a transition town

4.1.2.     Urban pathways of change

4.1.3.     Food Sensitive Planning and Urban Design

4.2.  Risk perception of socio-cultural change

4.2.1.     Emotions and attitudes to change

4.2.2.     Risk, management and sustainability

4.2.3.     Social actors, social movements and risk perception

4.3.  Community resilience

4.3.1.     Community resilience in case of disasters, war or terrorism

4.3.2.     Modeling community resilience

4.3.3.     The role of policy makers in overcoming disasters

5.    Transitions to sustainable societies: direct democracy, spatial cognition & ecological design

5.1.  Effective ways in urban design – traditional vs. new consultative models

5.1.1.     New environments for direct/social democracy

5.1.2.     The open urban space designed as civic art

5.1.3.     Participatory decision making

5.2.  Spatial cognition

5.2.1.     Spaces of communities’ comfort and identity and the future urban planning

5.2.2.     Urban comfort and affective belonging zones as forums of direct social democracy

5.2.3.     Social networking vs. physical commons

5.3.  Ecological design

5.3.1.     The ecological development/design principles and the guidelines of new urbanism’s smart growth

5.3.2.     Towards an integrated theory of socio-technological innovation

5.3.3.     Interdisciplinary studies of ecosystem dynamics and socio-cultural trends


The details on paper submissions, conference participant’s registration are provided on the conference website.