D+EA’s faculty represent the disciplines of environmental psychology, human factors/ergonomics, interior design, and architecture. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and drawing on approaches grounded in the social and biological sciences, the humanities, and design, D+EA faculty conduct research at the cutting edge of their areas of expertise.
Our goal is to expand the knowledge bank that forms the foundation of evidence-based design. For us research is more than just an exciting and rewarding personal activity. We want our research to make a difference: to improve people’s lives and the environment on which we all depend.
The research in D+EA can be organized around the following three primary research themes: Design Strategy & Innovation, Health & Well-Being, and Sustainable Futures, through independent studies and research assistantships. The University and College of Human Ecology also have scholarship programs dedicated to encourage and support undergraduate research. For example: Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars and Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program.