Sustainable Communities, Organizations and Places - SCOPE

General goals

SCOPE is a thematic research area that gathers researchers interested in investigating people-environment relationships. Our research applies socio-psychological approaches to social and societal issues related to the environment, with the goal of contributing to create sustainable communities, organizations, and places. Our work is also characterized by trans-disciplinary collaborations (with e.g., sociology, anthropology, architecture, biology, ICT) that allow creating new synergies between different fields.

SCOPE researchers are experienced in a multiplicity of research designs and methods (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, experimental studies), which we use to address a diversity of levels of analysis. We also have wide-ranging theoretical interests in the area of people-environment relationships, from discursive and social representations approaches to attitudes and risk perceptions.

Thematic areas of research

1. Relations in Place

This domain of research gives particular emphasis to the physical attributes of the space (natural and built), here studied as:
(1) a source of individual experiences (e.g., restorative properties, well-being) and opportunities and constraints for social interaction (e.g., use of public spaces);
(2) a meaningful environment where strong links shape personal and group development;
(3) a result of current and past inter-group and inter-personal processes that interact to (re-) produce meanings and memories of place. Place attachment, place identities and place memory are key aspects for understanding how communities respond to social change and to environmental and social risks in both natural and urban places.

2. Citizenship and sustainability
This domain of research looks at societal innovations for sustainability to grasp how these affect interpersonal and intergroup relations and shape individual and collective action. It specifically examines acceptance of and resistance to:
(1) new policies, laws, rights and norms (regulating the areas of climate change, biodiversity protection, public involvement and participation, and citizenship). A symmetrical perspective is also adopted, looking at how active minorities, such as activist groups, and local knowledge and community resources can contribute to changes in the area of people-environment relations;
(2) new technologies with environmental impact (RET, nuclear energy, hazardous facilities, biotechnology). It includes looking at the public response to renewable and efficient energy supply, acceptance of renewable energy technologies and other technologies;
(3) engagement in green behaviors at the workplace and how can this engagement be fostered by macro-level (e.g., Corporate social responsibility) and micro-level (e.g., job attitudes) factors.

Our joint activities include meetings with environmental psychologists (in 2015, John Dixon, Open University, UK; Ann Devlin, Connecticut College, US), as well as with researchers from other disciplines (forthcoming in 2016).

CIS-IUL Members

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Carla Mouro (coordinator)
Cláudia Andrade (coordinator)
Leonor Bettencourt
Luísa Lima
Mali Uzelgun
Margarida Santos
Miriam Rosa
Patrícia Duarte
Paula Castro
Raquel Bertoldo
Sibila Marques
Sílvia Luís
Susana Batel

For further information and/or to join our mailing list, contact us:  Carla Mouro (carla.mouro@iscte.pt) and Cláudia Andrade (claudia.andrade@iscte.pt)

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