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