Environmental psychology

Environmental psychology is a well-established area of applied psychology which has been going strong since the late 1960s, with specific environmental psychology journals, courses, textbooks, handbooks, and graduate programs.  Environmental psychology is not specifically focussed on natural environments.  Areas of specialisation within environmental psychology and bridging other disciplines include architectural psychology, urban and regional planning and design, environmental evaluation and impact assessment, environmental perception and cognition, restorative environments, place attachment and identity, clinical environmental psychology, disaster preparedness and response, conservation behaviour and sustainability initiatives, the effects of climate, and ergonomics.

While there are still only a few psychology programs in Australia offering studies in environmental psychology, the good news is that there are now many Australian psychologists working whose honours or postgraduate research focus was in an environmental psychology area, and who continue to conduct research or work in the field. 

Conservation psychology

Conservation psychology is the name of an area of applied psychology which has been more directly involved with conservation initiatives, targeted behaviour change to protect the natural environment, and people-animal-environment interactions. 

Universities where psychology students are studying environment related topics

University of New England   
UNE has an environmental psychology course, currently taught by Professor Don Hine.

University of Queensland    
UQ has an applied social psychology course in third and fourth year that covers environmental issues; they provide supervision for psychology Honours students to do environmental psychology Honours theses; supervision for Masters and PhD students in the area of environmental psychology.

University of Melbourne
Melbourne University has several psychology students doing Honours theses on environmental topics, supervised by Professor Yoshi Kashima.

The University of Melbourne School of Land and Environment
This school has an environmental psychology section. 

Griffith University
There is no course taught, but several PhD students are working on environmental psychology/climate change projects.

Southern Cross University
Psychology students are able to study environment related topics.

History of studying psychology and the environment

There was a time in the past when environmental psychology was taught across six to eight Schools of Psychology depending on the year (e.g.,University of Adelaide, UQ, ANU, Edith Cowan, JCU).  Many students went on to do postgraduate work in environmental psychology in Architecture and Planning Departments in Australia where there were environmental psychologists on staff, such as University of Sydney and QUT or went overseas to the United Kingdom (Surrey), the United States, or Canada where institutions had postgraduate coursework and thesis programs or streams in environmental psychology.