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Anna Conniff

Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Anna Conniff is an environmental psychologist with a first degree in psychology (from St Andrews University) and an MSc and PhD in human-computer interaction (from University College London) working at the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences group (SEGS). Prior to joining the James Hutton Institute in January 2012, Anna was a research fellow at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, mainly researching the ways in which people perceive and respond to different methods of representing urban environments. Having worked as a psychologist within computer science and architecture departments, she is very comfortable with, and a proponent of, interdisciplinary research.

Current research interests

Anna is interested in utilising technology to (a) better understand the subjective and objective reactions people have to the environments they are presented with or find themselves in and (b) to convey most effectively what a future environment or landscape will really look and feel like.

Current research interests are focused on the application of psychophysiological methods (e.g. eye tracking, skin conductance, heart rate variability) to researching concepts of restoration and wellbeing that can be delivered by nature within both rural and urban environments. She is also interested in investigating the effects of sound and soundscape perception within traditional landscape perception studies. Anna believes that these more holistic approaches to understanding the relationship between people and their environments can help better inform stakeholders and policy makers about what particular elements of the environment affect people in positive and negative fashions.

On-going and recent projects

RESAS-funded research programme 2011-2016:

  • Theme 8: Understanding the linkages and interdependencies between rural and urban areas WP 8.3.3 Understanding how urban and rural greenspace shapes well-being
  • Theme 1: Ecosystem Services  WP 1.1 Assessment of Scotland’s Ecosystems Services
  • Theme 2: Water and Renewable Energy  WP 2.4 Methods for mitigating and adapting to flood risk
  • Theme 3: Land Use  WP 3.6 Understanding land managers’ attitudes and behaviour towards the management of environmental assets and responding to climate change


  • Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Laing, R.; Scott, S.; Galan-Diaz, C.R. (2007) Informing the practice of planning: researching future environments using desktop computers., In: Environmental Psychology: from research to 'real world' applications (eds. E. Edgerton and O. Romice). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp91-108.
  • Laing, R.; Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Scott, S. (2007) Design and use of a virtual heritage model to enable a comparison of active navigation of buildings and spaces with passive observation., Automation in Construction, 16, 830-841.
  • Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Laing, R.; Scott, S. (2006) Walking participants through a virtual model: How we got there and its implications., Cognitive Processing, 7, (supplement 1), s33-s36.

  • Conniff, A.; Irvine, K.N. (2022) Intergrating Social Science Methods for Mapping Cultural Ecosystem Services. RESAS 1.4.1bvi Cultural Ecosystem Services indicators and Mapping – Final Report, RESAS 1.4.1bvi Cultural Ecosystem Services indicators and Mapping – Final Report
  • Brown, K.M.; Juarez Bourke , A.; Herrett, S.; Conniff, A.; Marshall, K. (2022) UnderStories Storying woodland use, management and expansion in the Cairngorms National Park, Final Report, SRP Theme 1, Deliverable WP4-yr6-new22: Final Report, March 2022: S:\RESAS 2016-2021 Working Documents\SRP\Theme 1\WP1.4\ and/or
  • Conniff, A.; Fisher, D.; Herrett, S.; Irvine, K.N. (2019) Favourite places in and around Girvan, Scotland., Report from a Public Mapping Activity: Favourite Places In and Around Girvan, Scotland. Girvan, Scotland, 25-26 October 2019.
  • Irvine, K.N.; Conniff, A.; Aalders, I.H. (2018) Touch table mapping and photo activities: Methods for capturing cultural ecosystem services., RESAS RD1.4.1bvi Cultural Ecosystem Services Indicators and Mapping, Deliverable D4 Working Paper, 31 March 2018, 16pp.
  • Irvine, K.I.; Conniff, A.; Aalders, I.H. (2017) Report of the stakeholder meeting August 2016 (KE1)., Internal Report for RESAS 1.4.1bvi.
  • Irvine, K.I.; Conniff, A.; Aalders, I.H. (2017) Social science methods for investigation of spiritual and emblematic cultural ecosystem services., RESAS RD1.4.1bvi Deliverable D2: Social Science Methods Internal Report.
  • Conniff, A.; Irvine, K.N. (2016) Communicating climate change with visualisation tools: a guide., ClimateXChange Report, May 2016
  • Waldron, S.; Yeluripati, J.B.; Saunders, M.; Conniff, A.; Chapman, S.J.; Miller, D.G.; Matthews, R.B.; Smith, J.; Govan, S. (2015) The peatland carbon calculator - its use and future potential., CXC Final Report, 14 December 2015, 92pp.
  • Waldron, S.; Yeluripati, J.B.; Saunders, M.; Conniff, A.; Chapman, S.J.; Miller, D.; Matthews, R.B.; Smith, J.; Govan, S. (2015) Use of and priorities for extending the Peatland Carbon Calculator., Draft Report to CxC.
  • Helliwell, R.C.; Avery, L.; Conniff, A.; MacNay, D.; Gorman, H. (2013) Reducing pollution from forestry related activities in the Gallloway and Eskdalemuir forests: a review of best management practices to reduce diffuse pollution., CREW Report.

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