The important places in our lives: investigating their defining characteristics and links with wellbeing (Psychology)
There is a robust evidence base to indicate that the important places in our lives (e.g. favourite place, house, neighbourhood, nature) influence our physical and psychological well-being. Typically, research has explored the linkages between the physical qualities of and/or general satisfaction with these locations and wellbeing outcomes. Yet, the important places in our lives also manifest a complex array of additional characteristics tied to emotion, our sense of self and day-to-day living. There is scope to further the understanding of the role important places in our lives play through the systematic exploration of these additional characteristics and their links to wellbeing.
The project aim of this PhD will be to investigate the characteristics that define the important places in our lives, ways in which these places are differentiated, and their influence on a range of the psychological wellbeing indicators. This project is grounded in environmental psychology and theories of person-place relationships such as place attachment, place identity, and place dependence.
The research findings have potential for impact in a range fields including public health, urban planning and regeneration, and psychology.