Call for Abstracts: Special Issue in International Journal of Biometeorology

March 1, 2017 in Meetings, Uncategorized

Call for abstracts for a Special issue in International Journal of Biometeorology: intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies and environmental psychology.

If you have been working in this area, please send us an abstract not longer than 300 words by 30th of April. Please send the abstract to: sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl, stating your name in the abstract file’s name. Subsequently, we will make a selection of promising contributions and discuss it with the Chief editor of IJB. Soon after, the selected authors will be asked to deliver a full manuscript (due 30th of September 2017), which will be subject to the double-blind review process of IJB. The review process will follow the usual procedure in which external reviewers assess the papers. We expect the first round of reviews to be completed in November.

Organizers: Marialena Nikolopoulou and Sanda Lenzholzer

Details:

The last few years have seen an increasing amount of work in a relatively new area of biometeorology, the intersection of outdoor thermal comfort studies with environmental psychology. Focusing on people not as mere recipients of the complex radiation exchanges outdoors and processes aiming to reach equilibrium with the internal thermoregulatory processes, but actively engaging with the perception of these thermal processes has revealed a new perspective of understanding outdoor thermal experience, enriching the scientific discourse internationally.

This new focus on the more subjective human parameter has provided a complimentary paradigm, highlighting the importance of personal, behavioural and psychological factors in outdoor thermal perception. These new approaches have been increasingly adopted across the world at different geographic and climatic contexts and a lively interdisciplinary field of research has emerged.

In view of these developments, the International Journal of Biometeorology (IJB) being a leader in the field is developing a special issue reflecting the subjective side of outdoor thermal perception and comfort and suitable methods for such investigations.

From phenomenological perspectives encompassing multisensory sensations and the subjective interpretation of these as central themes of ‘thermal perception’, to advances in environmental psychology providing new ways of collecting data on people’s experience of their environment, and the influence of design in shaping our environment affecting thermal perceptions, we are aiming to represent the state-of-the art in the field and inform the scientific discourse. Papers are expected to vary from theoretical positions to field surveys with strong empirical data supporting the debate.

We hope that you can contribute to this special issue and look forward to receive your abstract!

For more information please contact Sanda Lenzholzer
Dr. Dipl. Ing. MA (AA), Associate Professor
Wageningen University & Research
Landscape Architecture Group
sanda.lenzholzer@wur.nl

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