Kalevi Korpela, Dr. Psychol., is a full Professor of Psychology (Environment, health and well-being), Faculty of Social Sciences / Psychology, University of Tampere, Finland. His research in environmental psychology focuses on self-regulation, emotion-regulation, and well-being in favorite, unpleasant and restorative environments. His research interests also include place attachment and the role of nature exposure in recovery from work stress. Publications: http://www.favoriteplace.info/Korpela_Kalevi.htm


Tytti Pasanen is a researcher and doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere. Her doctoral research examines the relationship between contact with natural environments and perceived well-being. She has a Master’s degree in Statistics, and additionally she has taken courses in Psychology, Environmental Policy, Ecology, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Biology. She teaches quantitative methods for Psychology students and consults Master’s students in methodological issues. Currently she is working as a research in the project “Restoration, awareness-enhancement and nature walks” (RestoWalk), funded by the Kone Foundation.


Pia Jussila is a research assistant and master’s student of psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere. Her Master’s Thesis examined attention restoration and frustration tolerance during nature walks on a forest trail with psychological tasks, which are designed to enhance restoration. Her Thesis was part of the RestoWalk (2015-2017) project.

PhD students:

Salonen, Kirsi: Luontoympäristö psyykkisenä kokemuksena. Luontokokemuksen elvyttävyys ja terapeuttisuus. http://www.psykologihyvanmielentila.fi/



Kukkamäki, Mari: Psyykkinen hyvinvointi ja vakava luontoharrastus. Restorative benefits of serious leisure in nature: the engagement in ringing.



Merjanaho, Santtu: Luonto korkeakouluopiskelijan hyvinvoinnin ja opiskelukyvyn tukena – ryhmäinterventiotutkimus. The effectiveness of ”Well-being in nature” –course on student well-being and study motivation.

Paakkolanvaara, Jane-Veera: Luontointervention fysiologiset ja koetut vaikutukset. Her doctoral research focuses on the physiological and psychological effects of nature interventions/walks. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Jyväskylä and pedagogical qualification to work as a subject teacher in Psychology. Alongside her doctoral research she is currently working as a psychologist in Regional Health Care Centre of Central Finland and in Psykologipalvelu Verso. Email: paakkolanvaara.jane-veera.x.@student.uta.fi; Phone: +358408289204


Dr. Eleanor Ratcliffe is a postdoctoral researcher in environmental and consumer psychology. Her current work focuses on consumer rituals and user experience. In previous research she has examined intersections between place experience and restorative environments, and different sensory experiences of restorative settings, including responses to natural sounds. Research Associate, Imperial College London, Dyson School of Design Engineering, UK. Visiting Research Fellow at UTA: 2015-2017


Dr. Kate E. Lee is an environmental psychologist who has, for example, studied green roofs and microbreaks in attention restoration. She works as Environmental Psychology Research Fellow in the Clean Air & Urban Landscapes Hub at University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia. Visiting Research Fellow at UTA: 2016 and 2017


Mikel Subiza Pérez is a predoctoral researcher currently studying the Restorative Potential of Urban Places for his PhD dissertation. He forms a part of the Department of Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences in the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and he also integrates the Research Group on Applied Criminology (CRIM-AP). Department of Social Psychology and Methodology of Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, University of Basque Country, Spain. Visiting PhD student at UTA: 2017


Katriina Hyvönen received her PhD in Psychology in 2011, and works as a Senior Researcher at the Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä. She is specialised in investigating individuals’ well-being and personal goals in large longitudinal studies. Her current research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of nature-assisted interventions on employee well-being. The aim of her research is also to develop and promote the use of nature-assisted interventions in occupational health services. https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/laitokset/psykologia/en/research/research-areas/work/projects/nature_environment/nature-environment; https://www.jyu.fi/edupsy/fi/laitokset/psykologia/en/staff/hyvonen-katriina-3; Email: katriina.i.hyvonen@jyu.fi; Phone: +358407650584; Address: Department of Psychology, P.O. Box 35, 40014 University of Jyväskylä


Simone Grassini is a researcher in cognitive neuroscience at the department of psychology of the University of Turku. His research interests cover the fields of visual perception, well being, and environmental psychology. At the moment he is investigating the neurophysiological markers of restorative effect of natural environments. He is the principal investigator of the Greenbrain Project. Department of Psychology – Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Assistentinkatu 7, 116, University of Turku (Turku, Finland); simone.grassini@utu.fi; www.greenbrainproject.eu