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Research interests

As an Environmental Psychologist Sarah is interested in people's cognitive and emotional responses to/from their interaction with the environment, be that natural, urban or healthcare specific environments.  Sarah has expertise in studying people's multi-sensorial perception of the environment, as well as physical and social affordances. Her research has involved urban parks, skate parks, hospitals, electric vehicles, soundscapes, restorative environments and experiences. Broader interests include creating sustainable liveable cities, fatigue in the workplace, energy attitudes and behaviours, fear of crime and how the environment can enhance or decrease this emotive response, as well as methodological and measurement considerations in people-environment research.

Biography

Sarah Payne became Assistant Professor of Health in the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University in 2014, and then Associate Professor in 2018. She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Sheffield, MSc in Environmental Psychology at the University of Surrey, and a PhD in Architecture at the University of Manchester.  During her PhD and subsequent Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position at McGill University, Canada, she researched the role of cafe and urban park soundscapes on individual's psychological restoration. She also worked as a Research Assistant at Salford University, to develop a report for Defra on the soundscape concept and its practical and policy applications. Sarah Payne was a Research Fellow on the Participation in Healthcare Environment Engineering programme at the University of Warwick.

Roles & Responsibilities

Sarah is the course leader for 'Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing' (MSc and 4th yr BSc), 'Environment and Behaviour' (2nd yr BEng and BSc), and the 'Laboratory Project' (4th yr BEng) for which she runs a Soundscape study. She previously ran 'Human Factors' (MSc and MEng) and helped with 'Environmental Design' (MSc)

She currently supervisers three PhD students at Heriot-Watt University; Debbie McCracken who is researching the benefit of nearby urban green space for primary school children; Nathalie Reguis who is examining micro-restorative opportunites for healthcare professionals at work; and Yi Jin who is interested in the role of humidity on older people's wellbeing in care homes.

Previously Sarah supervised Dr Sneha Singh at the University of Warwick to the completion of her PhD, and Dr Caroline Wilson, in the final year of her PhD at DeMontfort University.

In 2018 she became a board member and treasurer for the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS). Previously she was convenor of the Restorative Environments Network (2012-2018) and the Sensory Environments Network (2016-2018) which are part of the IAPS.

Sarah is a Chartered Psychologist and member of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

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Electric vehicles Engineering & Materials Science
Acoustic waves Engineering & Materials Science
restoration Social Sciences
Virtual reality Engineering & Materials Science
electric vehicle Social Sciences
psycholinguistics Social Sciences
Railroad cars Engineering & Materials Science
experience Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2018

Exploring the validity of the Perceived Restorativeness Soundscape Scale: a psycholinguistic approach

Payne, S. R. & Guastavino, C., 16 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 2224

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

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psycholinguistics
restoration
construct validity
interpretation
normality

Exploring urban ‘Feel Good Places’ across cultures and ages

Payne, S. R., Birch, J. & Rishbeth, C., Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Project DeStress: Identifying quiet and calm areas in urban cities

Payne, S. R., Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Cultures and values of nature and wellbeing: reflecting a diverse society.

Payne, S. R., Oct 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

The ‘New Dementia’: Widening Choices for our Future Support

Wilkinson, H., Taylor, L., Marshall, M., Christie, J., Nioi, A., Hamilton-Pryde, A. M., Payne, S. R., Hare, P., McKillop, J., Houston, A., Ramsay, A., Noone, A. & Ramsay, F., Sep 2017, Scottish Universities Insight Institute. 29 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
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Prizes

Best Student Paper/Young Presenter Award for Noise

Sarah R. Payne (Recipient), Jul 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

students

IAPS Young Researchers Best Paper Award

Sarah R. Payne (Recipient), Aug 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

I-INCE Young Professional Award

Sarah R. Payne (Recipient), Sep 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

engineering

Activities 2008 2018

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 1 Other

25th International Association People-Environment Studies Conference 2018

Payne, S. R. (Speaker)
Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Association of People-Environment Studies

Payne, S. R. (Speaker)
Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Environmental Psychology Conference 2015

Payne, S. R. (Speaker)
Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Ecophon International Acousticians’ Seminar

Payne, S. R. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

28th International Congress of Applied Psychology

Payne, S. R. (Speaker)
Jul 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference