Dr Eleanor Ratcliffe

Lecturer in Environmental Psychology
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
+44 (0)1483 684680
37 AC 05, Mondays 1-2pm


Areas of specialism

Environmental psychology; Restorative environments; Place attachment; Soundscapes; Connectedness to nature; Aesthetics; Consumer behaviour; User experience; Designing for wellbeing

University roles and responsibilities

  • Senior Professional Training Year (PTY) Tutor
  • School of Psychology Research Committee (Early Career representative)

    Affiliations and memberships

    British Psychological Society
    International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS)


    In the media

    Taking the measure of birdsong
    BBC News
    The suprising uses for birdsong
    BBC News
    Fuel Fights and Happy Birds
    BBC World Service - One Planet
    Birdsong and wellbeing
    BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind
    Why buffaloes and crickets help us relax
    The Guardian


    Research interests

    Research collaborations

    I regularly review manuscripts for academic journals such as Journal of Environmental Psychology, Health and Place, Environment & Behavior, Landscape and Urban Planning, and Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. I am an Associate Editor of Psyecology, Bilingual Journal of Environmental Psychology.

    My teaching

    My publications


    Ratcliffe, E., Gatersleben, B., & Sowden, P. T. (2013). Bird sounds and their contributions to perceived attention restoration and stress recovery. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 36, 221-228.
    Ratcliffe, E., Gatersleben, B., & Sowden, P. T. (2016). Associations with bird sounds: How do they relate to perceived restorative potential? Journal of Environmental Psychology, 47, 136-144.
    Ratcliffe, E., & Korpela, K. M. (2016). Memory and place attachment as predictors of restorative perceptions of favourite places. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 48, 120-130.
    Korpela, K., Savonen, E.-M., Anttila, S., Pasanen, T., & Ratcliffe, E. (2017). Enhancing wellbeing with psychological tasks along forest trails. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 26, 25-30.
    Ratcliffe, E., & Korpela, K. M. (2018). Time- and self-related memories predict restorative perceptions of favourite places via place identity. Environment & Behavior, 50, 690-720.
    Korpela, K., Pasanen, T., & Ratcliffe, E. (2018). Biodiversity and psychological wellbeing. In: A. Ossola & J. Niemelä (Eds.), Urban Biodiversity: From Research to Practice (pp. 134-149). Abingdon: Routledge.
    Ratcliffe, E., Gatersleben, B., & Sowden, P. T. (2018). Predicting the perceived restorative potential of bird sounds: The roles of acoustics and aesthetics. Environment & Behavior, OnlineFirst.
    Ratcliffe, E., Baxter, W. L., & Martin, N. (2019). Consumption rituals relating to food and drink: A review and research agenda. Appetite, 134, 86-93.
    Waters, G., Warren, B., Ratcliffe, E., & Godefroy, J. (2019). Tranquil City: identifying opportunities for urban tranquillity to promote healthy lifestyles