Ricardo García Mira

Category: Professor
Birth Date: 19 de agosto de 1956
Birth Place: A Coruña
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Ricardo García Mira, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social and Environmental Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of A Coruña, Spain, where he teaches Social Psychology at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, and contributes to an Environmental Psychology module at PhD's level. He currently leads the People-Environment Research Unit in this University, and he is also a Visiting Reader at the University of Surrey (United Kingdom), during 2003-2006. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography in Texas State University, USA (2001), the Department of Psychology in the University of Tallinn, Estonia (2002) and the Institute of Psychology in the West University of Timisoara, Romania (2004).
He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and 'InsCight' and was adviser of the Committee for Research and Technological Development of the Government of Galicia, Spain. He also was the organizer of a number of national and international scientific events. He was recently the President of the 17th Conference of the International Association for People-Environment Studies, which was held in A Coruña, Spain, in July 2002, and allowed the meeting of more than 400 scientists from all over the world. He was elected for being a member of the IAPS Board during 2004-2008. Currently he is the editor of the IAPS Bulletin of People-Environment Studies.

 Work & Activities

He is the author/editor of more than 100 papers and research reports on environmental evaluation, environmental attitudes and methodology issues. In addition, he is the author or editor of the texts: 'La ciudad percibida' (The perceived city); 'Responsabilidad Ecológica y Gestión de los Recursos Ambientales' (Ecological Responsibility and Environmental Resources Management); 'Environment-Behaviour Studies in Spain'; 'Psicología y Medio Ambiente' (Psychology and the Environment); 'Culture, Environmental Action and Sustainability'; 'Housing, Space and Quality of Life'; 'Environmental perception and cognitive maps'.

He gave lectures and scientific seminars in Universities all over the world: University of Surrey (United Kingdom), Université de Paris V 'Renè Descartes' (France), Universitá Degli Studi Di Roma 'La Sapienza' (Italy), University of Groningen (The Netherlands), University of Tallinn (Estonia), West University of Timisoara (Rumanía), Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brasil), Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), Texas State University (USA) and University of Texas A&M (USA).

 Other Interesting Aspects

His research is part of the applied field of social and environmental psychology, and his more important contributions are related to the analysis of predicting models of ecological behaviour. He has conducted research projects on 'Environment and Sustainable Local Development', 'Psychosocial Impact Evaluation of the Prestige disaster', or the 'Evaluation of Social Perception of Risk', among the more recent research, under the support of the European Union, the Ministry of Education and Science, and the Government of Galicia, as well as the companies Albada and REPSOL-YPF.
In the field of journalism, he carries out collaborating activities with the newspaper 'La Voz de Galicia' and the Radiovoz as a political commentator.

Website: www.udc.es/dep/ps/grupo