Mirilia Bonnes

Professor at Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy

CIRPA , Via dei Marsi , 78. Roma. Italy
+39 06 888 97 66
+39 339 189 82 30


Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology, Founder and first Director of the Centre for Inter-university Research on Environmental Psychology (CIRPA), at the University of Rome, Sapienza. She collaborated for more than 30 years with the UNESCO Program of Ecological Sciences, Man and Biosphere(MAB), also as Chair of the Italian MAB Committee and Coordinator of the long term and interdisciplinary MAB Project of ‘urban ecology’ , lanced at the end of ‘70s on the city of Rome and widely developed during the ‘90s and the 2000, also in relations with the MAB Program on Biosphere Reserves (BR). Author of many international scientific publications, including volumes, on several topics of environmental psychology, ranging from early ‘architectural psychology’ to the more recent ‘conservation psychology ‘ for environmental sustainability issues. Board Member of several international scientific associations and periodicals in the domain and organizer of several international scientific Meetings and Conferences.


Social and environmental psyschology in natural and cultural heritages

The domain of Environmental Psychology is introduced , as aimed (i) at understanding human psychological processes and behaviors in relations to the daily life physical environments, or places, and (ii) at collaborating with other environmental and technical sciences for developing evidence-based knowledge,, for improving environmental management and decision making . The main historical trends of its development are synthetically reminded , by pointing out its early dominant interest focused on spatial-physical features of the built up environments , until the more recent developments increasingly focused on ‘natural environments ‘ (or ecosystems), as influenced by the full ecology revolution, among natural sciences , also fostered by the United Nations programs on sustainable development. Within these trends, same research contributions developed by our Research Group, also in collaboration with the UNESCO-MAB Ecological Sciences Program on urban ecosystems and biodiversity conservation, are presented ; within this Program, aiming at integrating natural and human-made/cultural environments – by the collaboration of natural and social/human sciences – for improving environmental sustainability and decision making , some research lines dealing with several aspects of the environmental perception dimension of people’s relationship with daily life places of urban ecosystems , are presented and discussed .

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