Urban health and happiness

A rapidly changing urban environment faces challenges of technological innovation, shifting geopolitical powers and changing society. Cities face questions of sustainablity, climate change, social and economic polarisation, as well as affordability of real estate markets and urban amenities.

Healthy and happy cities

The role of cities is changing. More and more people are living in larger and larger cities. That makes it important for cities to create urban health and happiness. Our experts have extensive experience in the measuring and research of economic effects of urban stress on people. For example: evaluating the effect of reducing speed limits from 50 to 30 kilometers. Are there less accidents? Will people walk more and gain health benefits? If yes, what is the economic impact? 

With TRACKEUR we created a new innovative way to have real time data from people in designated research area's. It is a great way to research the softer data such as  well being, walking behavior and feelings related to the attractiveness of a city.

Strategic advice and future outlook

Our experts regularly contribute to the exploration of future developments and challenges related to the economies of cities.Specific questions they are addressing: Does robotisation lead to substitution of employment, and how can we cope with potential negative effects? What sort of employment can we expect if economic processes are circular instead of linear? How can we ensure that everyone profits from economic growth?

Nuanced view to urban challenges

Our experts take a nuanced view to urban challenges by reflecting on our own research as well as that of others. The team of experts at UPT analyses economic challenges and places these challenges within the wider urban debate.

Together with our clients we reflect on the economic implications of societies challenges. We inform our clients strategic agenda and help shape an appropriate policy response, including subsequent monitoring and evaluation.

Relevant projects

• Economic Outlook City of Rotterdam
• Impact analysis focal points Economic Board South Holland
• Circular Economy: Circular Jobs
• Strategic agenda Knowledge Economy – City of The Hague

What can Erasmus UPT do for you?