M.C. Escher (1953) Relativity

I am a Psychologist interested in how people interact with built and natural environments, and how this interaction might influence wellbeing as well as sustainable behaviour.

My general research interests are in Environmental Psychology, Gerontology and Cognitive Sciences. In my research, I investigate how our physical and social contexts influence people’s psychological wellbeing, attitudes, and behaviour, as well as the psychological process that lead people to shape their environment. I am especially passionate about studying the experiences of vulnerable groups, including older people, and people with disabilities. I have conducted research on these topics employing both qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.

Understanding the ways in which individuals interact with their environments is now more than ever crucial to promote sustainable development. Thus, my research aims to address three Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG3: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • SDG10: Tackling inequalities
  • SDG11: Creating Sustainable Cities and Communities

From a theoretical point of view, my work embraces Clark’s concept of Extended Cognition (Clark, 1998), according to which mental processes and behaviours are better understood if the individual is considered as a whole system with the surrounding environment. My research builds on ecological models of person-environment interactions:

Recent work

Pedestrian Cork Survey 2020 – I recently completed a community-led survey of perceived walkability in Cork City and County (Ireland) with the community advocacy group Pedestrian Cork. The Pedestrian Cork Survey 2020 Report of main findings findings of the survey is available at: http://bit.ly/SurveyReport2020 

Academic Publications: See https://maricacassarino.blog/publications/

ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marica_Cassarino