The Environmental Design Research Association<http://www.edra.org/> (EDRA) is hosting its 44th annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island, May 29-June 1, 2013 in partnership with the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University. We are broadly inviting submissions that address the intersection of environmental design and behavior and the built environment. More specifically, however we encourage submissions of proposals that address the identification and conservation of aspects of historic environments that positively influence multiple dimensions of health (e.g., physical, psychological).
EDRA is an interdisciplinary organization that was founded in 1969 to encourage social science research that would influence design in order to produce better places for people. Attendees at its conferences are diverse and include architects, landscape architects, planners, historic preservationists/heritage conservators, social scientists, practitioners, and academics, among others. While its conference programs have always included papers that address heritage conservation, there has been an increased focus at EDRA on this topic since the founding of the EDRA Historic Preservation Network<http://www.edra.org/content/historic-preservation> in 2007.
More information on the conference and submission requirements is at: http://www.edra.org/edra44providence. The submission deadline is September 21.