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Nora Davis

Nora C. Davis

Research Social Scientist
125 Paseo de La Plaza
Los Angeles
United States

Phone: 213-628-3718
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Current Research

Nora is currently working with local government, nonprofits, schools and universities to develop research on: preferences and messages related to urban tree canopy, exposure to urban nature and health, and a large scale analysis of emotions in 'favorite' natural areas across Los Angeles County.

Research Interests

Nora’s research focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment - in particular, emotional responses, preferences and communication related to natural environments. She explores how these relationships interact with nature conservation policy and influence environmental attitudes and behavior.

Nora also conducts research on sustainability education and policy support as well as religion and sustainability. Listed below are a few links to publications and websites that are demonstrative of her interdisciplinary work and collaborations:

•Davis, N., Daams, M., van Hinsberg, A., Sijtsma, F. (2016). How deep is your love – of nature? A psychological and spatial analysis of the depth of feelings towards nature in different Dutch nature areas. Journal of Applied Geography. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.09.012 (collaborator website:

•Davis, N. & Gatersleben, B. (2013). Exploring experiences in wild versus manicured natural environments and their relationship to the trait connectedness to nature. Ecopsychology, 5, 92-102.

•McLarty, D., Davis, N., Gellers, J., Altenbernd, E., Nasrollahi, N. (2014). Sisters in Sustainability: Municipal Partnerships for Social, Environmental, and Economic Growth. Sustainability Science. doi: 10.1007/s11625-014-0248-6.

•Davis, N., Karlin, B., Matthew, R. (2013). GRASP: Testing an Integrated Approach to Sustainability Education. Journal of Sustainability Education.

•Davis, N. (2014). Talk. “Psychological Research on Climate Change Communication in U.S. National Parks.” American Psychological Association. Washington D.C. (collaborator website:

Professional Experience

  • Researcher, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and National Park Service Climate Change Response Program
    2012 - 2016
  • PhD in Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
    2010 - 2016
  • MSc in Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey (UK)
    2008 - 2009

Last updated on : 07/12/2019