Urban Geography

Urban Geography

The research section Urban Geography investigates how life trajectories and daily activities are influenced by the urban environment, what consequences this has for individual behaviour, e.g. in the domains of travel, leisure, consumption, social interaction, and physical activity and how this is associated with important outcomes such as health, well-being, and inclusion. We also study how such behaviours and their consequences shape urban public spaces and neighbourhoods, and affect meso and macro outcomes, such as spatial inequalities. These relationships are investigated at various spatial and temporal scales and levels of aggregation and with great variety of data and social scientific methods.

For example, at the neighbourhood level, we investigate how preferences and constraints influence residential decisions, what this implies for segregation, diversity, and social cohesion of neighbourhoods and what consequences these patterns have for social capital and wellbeing. We furthermore investigate how urban residents establish and maintain social networks, how these are embedded in the physical built environment (e.g. by using public spaces as meeting places), and how social networks shape urbanites’ use of the city.

Furthermore, building on time-geography, we investigate how urbanites’ daily activity patterns are influenced by the spatial configuration of facilities and the transportation system, and how their daily activities and travel change as a result of changes in their living and household situations, the urban layout, or new opportunities for mobility. In addition, we investigate how daily activity and travel patterns are associated with exposure to the urban environment and how this relates to health behaviour, travel, social networks, leisure and consumption. An important part of people’s daily activity patterns takes place in public space and therefore, we investigate people’s interactions in and with public spaces in the context of leisure, consumption and travel.

A general goal of our endeavors is to understand the underlying mechanisms of spatial and social inequalities in the above-mentioned domains and how they impact the creation of inclusive and healthy cities. We address our research problems with state-of-the-art and innovative quantitative and qualitative research methods, while employing a variety of available and newly collected data.


For individual members of this research section, please see the staff listing