Martin Dijst

We study how healthy living in a large, densely populated city is, and look for ways to promote the health of the city and its inhabitants.
Prof. dr. Martin Dijst

Healthy Urban Living

Professor Martin Dijst (Spatial Mobility and Urban Development) leads the research theme Healthy Urban Living. Dijst: “We study how healthy living in a large, densely populated city is, and look for ways to promote the health of the city and its inhabitants. Large cities can cause health problems that may not be immediately apparent.”

“City dwellers are a very diverse group and often don’t know the people living around them, and this may make them feel lonely. No longer feeling at home in your own city may cause stress. Cities also offer many visible unhealthy temptations. You see fast-food places wherever you go, but healthy food isn’t always easy to find. And although public transport is very accessible, walking or cycling are much healthier. However, cities also provide opportunities for a healthy lifestyle, and we are going to identify these opportunities."

Prof Martin Dijst, Spatial Mobility and Urban Development