Exploring and Designing Urban Density. Neurourbanism as a NovelApproach in Global Mental Health

English project description
Urbanization is a global phenomenon and poses pressing health challenges as urban dwellers
carry a high risk for mental ill-health. Social stress due to built or population density might play
a major role here, yet interactions with other environmental and health risk factors are still
poorly understood. At the same time infrastructural density is also an advantage as it offers
better access to urban resources. Furthermore, stressors and positively valenced urban factors
are unequally distributed between different socioeconomic, ethnic, and migrant groups; as
well as within cities and between global regions.
The Research Platform Neurourbanism (RPN) aims to explore the psychological, neuro
cognitive, social and environmental factors that moderate between urban density and mental
health of city dwellers. In four trans- and interdisciplinary work packages (WP) we will (a)
reorganize the current state of knowledge into an interdisciplinary approach and (b) co-create
new knowledge by systematically integrating transdisciplinary perspectives into the research
process. Our focus will be on two risk groups: young adults (< 35 yrs) and individuals from
ethnic minorities or with migration backgrounds.

Principal investigators
Fingerhut, Joerg Prof. Dr. (Details) (Department of Philosophy)

Participating organisational units of HU Berlin

Berlin University Alliance (BUA)

Duration of project
Start date: 07/2022
End date: 12/2025

Research Areas
Geographie, Kognitive Neurowissenschaft, Medizin, Philosophie, Psychologie, Urban Art, Street Art, Kunstgeschichte, Architektur, Urbanistik

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