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Dr. Clara Weber

Dr. Clara Weber

Dr. Clara Weber

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Business Administration and Human Resources Competency Group
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 50 36

Work at ZHAW

Position at the ZHAW

Senior Research Associate

Education and Continuing education

Expertise and research interests

Environmental Psychology:
Inclusive work environments for vulnerable groups, such as neurodivergent workers;
Socio-environmental stressors, such as privacy and crowding;
Place attachment and place identity;
Environmental and occupational threats to psychological health;
Evidence-based design (office, residential, hospitals)

Professional milestones

2019 - present: Visiting Researcher, Environmental Psychology Research Group, Psychology Department, University of Surrey
01/2018 - present: Senior Research Associate, Workplace Management, Life Sciences & Facility Management, ZHAW

2020 gif Real Estate Research Award, 1st place category PhD/Habilitation

2022 - present: Guest lecturer in MSc Environmental Psychology course, University of Padova
2021 - present: Guest lecturer in MSc Environmental Psychology course, Institute of Psychology, ZHAW
2020 - present: Guest lecturer Urban Psychology course, CUREM, University of Zurich
2019 - 2021: Guest lecturer in Architectural Psychology course, Institute for Interior Design, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art (HSLU)

2012 - 2017: Industry Researcher, Workplace Consultancy Strategy+, AECOM London
2011 - 2011: Research Assistant, Office Innovation Centre
Fraunhofer Institute Stuttgart

Educational background

09/2014 - 02/2019 PhD Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey
09/2011 - 11/2013 MSc (Distinction) Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey
10/2004 - 01/2011 Dipl.-Ing. (Eq BSc + MSc, Distinction) Architecture, Technical University Berlin
08/2008 - 10/2009 Studies abroad, MSc Architecture, Università IUAV di Venezia

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Weber, C., Gatersleben, B., & Uzzell, D. (2017, August). Privacy appraisal in open plan office. Oral presentation at International Conference of Environmental Psychology (ICEP), A Coruna, Spain.

Weber, C., Gatersleben, B., & Uzzell, D. (2017, May). The Privacy Appraisal Model. Oral presentation at European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) Conference, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Weber, C., Gatersleben, B., & Uzzell, D. (2016, June). Privacy appraisal in open plan offices. Oral presentation at 24th International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference, Lund, Sweden.

Weber, C., & Uzzell, D. (2014, June). Physical facilitators of place attachment and place identity. Oral presentation at 23rd International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS) Conference, Timisoara, Romania.

Bernheimer, L., Hewitt, S., & Weber, C. (2014). A Person-Centric Approach to Building Aesthetics. In Ellingham, I & Grice, G.S (Eds), 100+25 years – OAA Perspectives on a quarter-century (pp. 187-190). Ontario: Ontario Association of Architects.

Bernheimer, L., Hewitt, S., & Weber, C. (2012). A Person-Centric Approach to Building Aesthetics. OAA Perspectives, 20 (3), p.15-23.

Weber, C., Bodenschatz, H., & Schönig, B. (2012). Unité d’habitation Typ Berlin: Anspruch und Wirklichkeit einer Wohnmaschine. Stuttgart: Ibidem.

Borkmann, V., Rief, S., & Weber, C. (2011). FutureHotel Hoteliersbefragung. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag.

Other publications

Interview on Workplace Accommodations for Neurodiverse Workers: Rosenstein, B. (2023). Neurodiversity in the Workplace. Leader to Leader. Wiley.

Video summaries of papers:
Weber, C., Häne, E., Yarker, J., Krieger, B., & McDowall, A. (2022). Physical Workplace Adjustments to Support Neurodivergent Workers: A Systematic Review. Applied Psychology - An International Review.;

Newspaper articles:
Weber, C. (2021, July). Stress am Arbeitsplatz: Das macht gute Büros aus. Süddeutsche Zeitung, 157, 8.

Journal papers / book chapters, peer-reviewed:
Soucek, R., Weber, C., Degenhardt, B., & Gunkel, J. (under review). Diary Study Methods. In R. Appel-Meulenbroek & V. Danviska (Eds.), A Handbook of Methods on Designing Fit Between People and the Office Environment. London: Routledge.

Ratcliffe, E., Subiza-Pérez, M., Bornioli, A., Pasanen, T., Lee, K., Weber, C., Anderson, T., & Korpela, K. (in preparation). Favourite places in Western cities: Why are they valued, and what restorative benefits do people gain from them? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Weber, C., Golding, S. E., Ratcliffe, E., Häne, E., Theo, K, Munir, F., Yarker, J., & Lewis, R. (in preparation). Privacy fit, job demand and work fatigue during COVID-19 homeworking: Its interrelationship and its predictors. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Weber, C., Gatersleben, B., Fife-Shaw, C., & Ratcliffe, E. (in preparation). Evaluation of the Privacy At Work inventory (PAW). Frontiers in Psychology.

Invited talks:
Weber, C. (2019, November). A psychological perspective on residential appropriation in standardised housing environments. Lecture series Urban ROOTS — Bridging the Gap: Urbanity between Past and Present. Archaeology Department, Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.

Bernheimer, L., Hewitt, S., & Weber, C. (2012, September). Practical Applications of Environmental Psychology: The Need for Evidence-Based Knowledge to Improve the Quality of our Built Environment and Interiors. Oral presentation at Feeling Good Foundation—The Science and Economics of Wellbeing in Interiors, Building Centre, London, United Kingdom.