The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.
We are social scientists with varied backgrounds who research how urban people perceive, use, benefit from, and value natural environments in urban and wildland places. Natural resource managers and policymakers use our findings about human-environment interactions to guide their decisions. We approach the broad issues they face by drawing on a variety of research perspectives and scientific partnerships. ...more >>
Diverse Research Sites, Approaches, and Partners
We study people in the varied natural areas that make up the environments where urban dwellers live and the places they visit. These places range anywhere from vest-pocket community parks and tree-lined city streets to forest preserves, river corridors, and national forests. Most of our research sites are in the Midwest, though some extend well beyond. We look at a wide range of urban populations. Urban people, with their diverse backgrounds, interests, and values, experience natural environments in very different ways. So we examine how age, race, ethnicity, and income shape people’s use of, and access to, recreation resources and experiences of nature.
Our scientists look at human-environment interactions at multiple scales and from multiple perspectives: psychology, economics, geography, landscape architecture, and urban planning, among others. These diverse disciplines, coupled with the varied research methods we use, enable us to look at the many issues facing urban people and the environments they live, work, and play in.
Our research partners and collaborators include organizations we conduct research for, such as park districts and forest preserve districts, national forests, municipalities, state and local agencies, and non-profit groups. They also include universities and independent experts who work with our scientists on research projects. More....more >>
Where We Are
1033 University Place, Suite 360 in Evanston, IL 60201 ...more >>
Last Modified: 12/21/2007