dr. Marco Helbich
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I am an urban geographer and geographic information scientist at the Department for Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University, which I joined mid-2013. The European Research Council recognized my research efforts in 2016 by awarding me a Starting Grant. Prior my appointment at Utrecht University, I was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at the Geographic Information Science group at Heidelberg University, Germany, where I was also awarded with the venia legendi (habilitation) in human geography in 2015. Before this I was a visiting scholar at the Louisiana State University, USA, and worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2009 I obtained my Ph.D. (summa cum laude) at the University of Vienna which was funded through an Austrian Academy of Sciences grant for young academics.

Using geocomputational techniques to tackle human-environment associations in cities fascinates me. My prime research interest is to understand how urban areas influence humans and how cities function. My research bridges the gap between technology- and data-driven geographic information science and more conventional urban geography. Through my studies, I address a wide spectrum of pressing urban challenges such as health, transportation, housing, urban growth, and crime, among others. The common denominator of my research is explaining multifaceted spatial and spatiotemporal urban processes affecting our society by taking advantage of computational methods, paving the way to bring us closer to a "new science of cities". More recently, I developed a strong interest in urban mental health geographies where I combine my expertise in urban geography and geoinformatics. I am curious about how experienced environmental exposures affect people's mental health outcomes. Thereby, I put people's daily mobility and their residential life-course central.

My work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed articles in the leading international journals in my fields. Currently, I am also on the editorial board of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Data, and International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Scientific expertise
Spatial modeling
Health geography
Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Active transportation
Built environment
Statistical learning

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Curriculum vitae


  • 2015: Venia legendi (Habilitation), Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 2009: Dr. phil. (summa cum laude), University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2005: Mag. rer. nat., University of Vienna, Austria

Academic Career (selection)

  • Since 06/2017: Associate Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 09/2013-05/2017: Assistant Professor in urban geography and GIS, Department
    of Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 10/2011-09/2013: Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 10/2010-06/2011: Lecturer at the Institute of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 09/2012: Visiting scholar at the Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, USA
  • 03/2010-09/2011: Postdoc at GIScience Research Group, Institute of Geography,
    Heidelberg University, Germany
  • 08/2008-12/2008: Visiting scholar at the Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, USA
  • 10/2006-10/2009: Researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria


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All publications
Schepers, P, Lovegrove, G & Helbich, M (2019). Urban form and road safety: Public and active transport enable high levels of road safety. In M Nieuwenhuijsen & H Khreis (Eds.), Integrating human health into urban and transport planning (pp. 383-408 ). Springer.
Dijst, M, Worrell, E, Böcker, L, Brunner, P, Davoudi, S, Geertman, S, Harmsen, R, Helbich, M, Holtslag, A, Kwan, M., Lenz, B, Lyons, G, Mokhtarian, P, Newman, P, Perrels, A, Ribeiro, A, Carreón, J, Thomson, G, Urge-Vorsatz, D & Zeyringer, M (2018). Exploring urban metabolism—Towards an interdisciplinary perspective. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 132, (pp. 190-203).
Hagenauer, J & Helbich, M (2018). Local modelling of land consumption in Germany with RegioClust. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 65, (pp. 46-56) (11 p.).
Helbich, M, Klein, N, Roberts, H, Hagedoorn, P & Groenewegen, P (2018). More green space is related to less antidepressant prescription rates in the Netherlands: A Bayesian geoadditive quantile regression approach. Environmental Research, 166, (pp. 290-297).
Helbich, M., de Beurs, D, Kwan, M, O’Connor, R & Groenewegen, P (2018). Natural environments and suicide mortality in the Netherlands - a cross-sectional, ecological study. The Lancet Planetary Health, 2 (3), (pp. e134-e139).
Groenewegen, P, Zock, J-P, Spreeuwenberg, P, Helbich, M, Hoek, G, Ruijsbroek, A, Strak, M, Verheij, R, Volker, B, Waverijn, G & Dijst, M (2018). Neighbourhood social and physical environment and general practitioner assessed morbidity. Health and Place, 49, (pp. 68-84) (17 p.).
Poelman, MP, Strak, M, Schmitz, O, Hoek, G, Karssenberg, D, Helbich, M, Ntarladima, A M, Bots, M L, Brunekreef, B, Grobbee, R, Dijst, M & Vaartjes, I (2018). Relations between the residential fast-food environment and the individual risk of cardiovascular diseases in The Netherlands: A nationwide follow-up study. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Helbich, M (2018). Toward dynamic urban environmental exposure assessments in mental health research. Environmental Research, 161, (pp. 129-135) (7 p.).
Hagenauer, J & Helbich, M (2017). A comparative study of machine learning classifiers for modeling travel mode choice. Expert Systems with Applications, 78, (pp. 273-282).
Blüml, V, Helbich, M., Mayr, M, Turnwald, R, Vyssoki, B, Lewitzka, U, Hartung, S, Plener, P, Fegert, J & Kapusta, N (2017). Antidepressant sales and regional variations of suicide mortality in Germany. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 87, (pp. 88-94).
Helbich, M (2017). Children’s school commuting in the Netherlands: Does it matter how urban form is incorporated in mode choice models?. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 11 (7), (pp. 507-517).
Mburu, L & Helbich, M (2017). Communities as neighborhood guardians: A spatio-temporal analysis of community policing in Nairobi's suburbs. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 10, (pp. 189-210).
Helbich, M & Hagenauer, J (2017). Data on healthy food accessibility in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Data, 2 (7), (pp. 1-10).
Böcker, L, van Amen, P & Helbich, M (2017). Elderly travel frequencies and transport mode choices in Greater Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Transportation, 44, (pp. 831-852).
Helbich, M, Schadenberg, B, Hagenauer, J & Poelman, M (2017). Food deserts? Healthy food access in Amsterdam. Applied Geography, 83, (pp. 1-12).
Helbich, M & Leitner, M (2017). Frontiers in spatial and spatiotemporal crime analytics - An editorial. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 6 (73), (pp. 1-3).
Salarvandian , F, Dijst, M & Helbich, M (2017). Impact of Traffic Zones on Mobility Behavior in Tehran, Iran. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10 (1), (pp. 965-982).
Schepers, JP, Den Brinker, B, Methorst, R & Helbich, M (2017). Pedestrian Falls: A review of the literature and future research directions. Journal of Safety Research, 62, (pp. 227-234).
Shafizadeh Moghadam, H, Asghari, A, Taleai, M, Helbich, M & Tayyebi, A (03.09.2017). Sensitivity analysis and accuracy assessment of the land transformation model using cellular automata. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 54 (5), (pp. 639-656 ) (18 p.).
Gao, J, Helbich, M., Dijst, M & Kamphuis, C (2017). Socioeconomic and demographic differences in walking and cycling in the Netherlands - How do these translate into differences in health benefits?. Journal of Transport and Health, 6 (2017), (pp. 358-365) (8 p.).
Helbich, M, Plener, P, Hartung, S & Blüml, V (2017). Spatiotemporal suicide risk in Germany: A longitudinal study 2007-11. Scientific Reports, 7, (pp. 1-8).
Shafeezadeh Moghaddam, H, Tayyebi, A & Helbich, M. (2017). Transition index maps for urban growth simulation: Application of artificial neural networks, weight of evidence and fuzzy multi-criteria evaluation. Environmental Modeling and Assessment, 189, (pp. 189-300).
Helbich, M, Blüml, V, de Jong, T, Plener, P, Kwan, M-P & Kapusta, N (30.10.2017). Urban-rural inequalities in suicide mortality - A comparison of urbanicity indicators. International Journal of Health Geographics, 16 (1) (12 p.).
Tayyebi, A, Tayyebi, AH, Jokar Arsanjani, J, Vaz, E & Helbich, M (2016). Analyzing crop change scenario with the SmartScape spatial decision support system. Land Use Policy, 51, (pp. 41-53).
Mburu, L & Helbich, M (2016). Crime risk estimation with a commuter-harmonized ambient population. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 106, (pp. 804-818).
Azari, M, Tayyebi, A, Helbich, M & Ahadnejad Reveshty, M (2016). Integrating cellular automata, artificial neural network and fuzzy set theory to simulate threatened orchards: Application to Maragheh, Iran. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 53, (pp. 183-205).
Helbich, M, Zeylmans Van Emmichoven, M, Dijst, M, Kwan, M-P, Pierik, F & de Vries, S (2016). Natural and built environmental exposures on children's active school travel: A Dutch global positioning system-based cross-sectional study. Health and Place, 39, (pp. 101-109).
Helbich, M & Griffith, D (2016). Spatially varying coefficient models in real estate: Eigenvector spatial filtering and alternative approaches. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 57, (pp. 1-11).
Hagenauer, J & Helbich, M (2016). SPAWNN: A toolbox for spatial analysis with self-organizing neural networks. Transactions in GIS, 20 (5), (pp. 755–774).
Hagenauer, J & Helbich, M. (2016). The application of the SPAWNN toolkit to the socioeconomic analysis of Chicago, Illinois. In M Behnisch & G Meinel (Eds.), Trends in Spatial Analysis and Modelling - Decision‐Making and Planning Strategies (pp. 75-90). Springer.
Fishman, E, Böcker, L & Helbich, M (2015). Adult active transport in the Netherlands: An analysis of its contribution to physical activity requirements. PLoS One, 10 (4) (14 p.).
Jokar Arsanjani, J, Mooney, P, Helbich, M & Zipf, A (2015). An exploration of future patterns of the contributions to OpenStreetMap and development of a contribution index. Transactions in GIS, 19, (pp. 896-914).
Helbich, M, Jokar Arsanjani, J & Leitner, M (2015). Computational approaches for urban environments. (395 p.). Heidelberg: Springer.
Helbich, M, Jokar Arsanjani, J & Leitner, M (2015). Computational approaches for urban environments: An editorial. In M Helbich, J Jokar Arsanjani & M Leitner (Eds.), Computational Approaches for Urban Environments (pp. 1-8). Heidelberg: Springer.
Helbich, M (2015). Do suburban areas impact house prices?. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 42, (pp. 431-449).
Leitner, M & Helbich, M (2015). Editorial: Innovative crime modeling and mapping. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42 (2), (pp. 95-96).
Böcker, L, Dijst, M, Faber, J & Helbich, M (2015). En-route weather and place valuations for different transport mode users. Journal of Transport Geography, 47, (pp. 128-138).
Mburu, L & Helbich, M (2015). Evaluating the accuracy and effectiveness of criminal geographic profiling methods: The case of Dandora, Kenya. Professional Geographer, 67 (1), (pp. 110–120).
Jokar Arsanjani, J, Zipf, A, Mooney, P & Helbich, M (04.03.2015). Introduction to OpenStreetMap in GIScience : Experiences, research, and applications. In J Jokar Arsanjani, A Zipf, P Mooney & M Helbich (Eds.), OpenStreetMap in GIScience : Experiences, research, and applications Heidelberg: Springer.
Helbich, M, Leitner, M & Kapusta, N (2015). Lithium in drinking water and suicide mortality: The interplay with lithium prescriptions. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207 (1), (pp. 64-71).
Jokar Arsanjani, J, Mooney, P, Helbich, M & Zipf, A (2015). OpenStreetMap in GIScience: Experiences, research, and applications. Heidelberg: Springer.
Shafizadeh Moghadam, H, Hagenauer, J, Farajzadeh, M & Helbich, M (11.03.2015). Performance analysis of radial basis function networks and multi-layer perceptron networks in modeling urban change: A case study. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29 (4), (pp. 606-623).
Helbich, M & Jokar Arsanjani, J (2015). Spatial eigenvector filtering for spatiotemporal crime mapping and spatial crime analysis. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 42 (2), (pp. 134-148).
Shafizadeh Moghadam, H & Helbich, M (2015). Spatiotemporal variability of urban growth factors: A global and local perspective on the megacity of Mumbai. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 35, (pp. 187-198).
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M., Bakillah, M. & Loos, L. (2015). The emergence and evolution of OpenStreetMap: A cellular automata approach. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8 (1), (pp. 76–90).
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M. & Mousivand, A.J. (2014). A Morphological Approach to Predicting Urban Expansion. Transactions in GIS, 18 (2), (pp. 219–223).
Helbich, M., Böcker, L. & Dijst, M.J. (2014). Geographic heterogeneity in cycling under various weather conditions: Evidence from Greater Rotterdam. Journal of Transport Geography, 38, (pp. 38-47).
Kuntz, M. & Helbich, M. (2014). Geostatistical mapping of real estate prices: An empirical comparison of kriging and cokriging. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 29, (pp. 1904–1921).
Helbich, M., Brunauer, W., Vaz, E. & Nijkamp, P. (2014). Spatial heterogeneity in hedonic house price models - The case of Austria. Urban Studies, 51 (2), (pp. 390-411).
Sun, Y, Fan, H, Helbich, M & Zipf, A (2013). Analyzing human activities through volunteered geographic information: Using Flickr to analyze spatial and temporal pattern of tourist accommodation. In J Krisp (Eds.), Progress in Location-Based Services (pp. 57–70). Heidelberg: Springer.
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Barron, C, Bakillah, M & Helbich, M (2013). Assessing the quality of OpenStreetMap contributions together with their contributors. Proceedings AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science
Helbich, M., Jochem, A., Mücke, W. & Höfle, B. (2013). Boosting the predictive accuracy of urban hedonic house price models through airborne laser scanning. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 39, (pp. 81-92).
Hagenauer, J. & Helbich, M. (2013). Contextual neural gas for spatial clustering and analysis. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27 (2), (pp. 251-266).
Helbich, M., Brunauer, W., Hagenauer, J. & Leitner, M. (2013). Data-driven regionalization of housing markets. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103, (pp. 871-889).
Helbich, M., Blüml, V., Leitner, M. & Kapusta, N. (2013). Does altitude moderate the impact of lithium on suicide? The case of Austria. Geospatial health, 7 (2), (pp. 209-218).
Helbich, M, Jokar Arsanjani, J. & Leitner, M. (2013). Driving forces of non-violent crimes in Houston, TX: A spatially filtered negative binomial model. GI_Forum. Creating the GISociety (pp. 117–126). Heidelberg: Wichmann.
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M & Bakillah, M. (2013). Exploiting volunteered geographic information to ease land use mapping of an urban landscape. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. XL-4/W1, Urban Data Management Symposium
Helbich, M., Hagenauer, J., Leitner, M. & Edwards, R. (2013). Exploration of unstructured narrative crime reports - An unsupervised neural network and point pattern analysis approach. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 40 (4), (pp. 326-336).
Hagenauer, J. & Helbich, M. (2013). Hierarchical self-organizing maps for clustering spatiotemporal data. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27 (10), (pp. 2026-2042).
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Loos, L., Helbich, M & Bakillah, M. (2013). Individuals’ contribution to cells: A cellular automata approach for simulation of collaboratively mapped areas. Proceedings AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M., Kainz, W. & Boloorani, A. (2013). Integration of logistic regression, Markov chain and cellular automata models to simulate urban expansion. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 21, (pp. 265-275).
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M. & Vaz, E. (2013). Spatiotemporal simulation of urban growth patterns using agent-based modeling: The case of Tehran. Cities, 32, (pp. 33-42).
Shafizadeh Moghadam, H. & Helbich, M. (2013). Spatiotemporal urbanization processes in the megacity of Mumbai, India: A Markov chains-cellular automata urban growth model. Applied Geography, 40, (pp. 140-149).
Jokar Arsanjani, J., Helbich, M., Bakillah, M., Hagenauer, J. & Zipf, A. (2013). Towards mapping land use patterns from volunteered geographic information. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 27 (12), (pp. 2264-2278).
Helbich, M. & Höfle, B. (2013). Verbesserung der Vorhersagegenauigkeit von urbanen hedonischen Immobilienpreismodellen durch Laserscanning. HGG-Journal: Vielfältige Identitäten und Realitäten im Zeitalter der Globalisierung (pp. 17–19). Heidelberg: Universität Heidelberg.
Helbich, M (2012). Beyond postsuburbia? Multifunctional service agglomeration in Vienna’s urban fringe. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 103, (pp. 39-52).
Helbich, M, Amelunxen, C, Neis, P & Zipf, Alexander (2012). Comparative spatial analysis of positional accuracy of OpenStreetMap and proprietary geodata. In T Jekel, A Car, J Strobl & A Griesebner (Eds.), GI_Forum. Geospatial Crossroads (pp. 24–33). Heidelberg: Wichmann.
Hagenauer, J., Helbich, M, Leitner, M., Ratcliffe, J & Chainey, C (2012). Data mining of collaboratively collected geographic crime information using an unsupervised neural network approach. Proceedings AutoCarto
Helbich, M & Leitner, M. (2012). Evaluation of spatial cluster detection algorithms for crime locations. In W Gaul, A Geyer-Schulz, L Schmidt-Thieme & J Kunze (Eds.), Challenges at the Interface of Data Analysis, Computer Science, and Optimization (pp. 193–201). Berlin: Springer.
Helbich, M, Leitner, M. & Kapusta, N. (2012). Geospatial examination of lithium in drinking water and suicide mortality. International Journal of Health Geographics, 11 (19).
Hagenauer, J. & Helbich, M (2012). Mining urban land-use patterns from volunteered geographic information by means of genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, 26, (pp. 963–982).
Kranabether, M, Helbich, M & Knoflacher, H (2012). Raumstrukturelle Aspekte des Fernstraßenbaus in der Ostregion, Österreich. Eine empirische Analyse der Arbeitsstättenentwicklung 1961 bis 2001. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 70, (pp. 19–29).
Hagenauer, J. & Helbich, M (2011). Abgrenzung urbaner Räume mittels OpenStreetMap und maschinellen Lernverfahren. In M Schilcher (Eds.), Geoinformationssysteme. Beiträge zum 16. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar (pp. 78–81). Heidelberg,: ABC.
Helbich, M & Brunauer, W. (2011). Definition von homogenen hedonischen Preisregionen für Österreich mittels SKATER-Algorithmus. In NX Thinh, M Behnisch & O Margraf (Eds.), Beiträge zur Theorie und quantitativen Methodik in der Geographie (pp. 55–65). Berlin: Rhombos.
Helbich, M, Hagenauer, J. & Leitner, M. (2011). Raumzeitliche Analyse von Verbrechenshotspots mittels Trajektorien und Kohonen-Karten. Mitteilungen der Osterreichischen Geographischen Gesellscaft, 153, (pp. 291–304).
Görgl, P, Helbich, M, Matzenetter, W & Fassmann, H (2011). Spatial and social development trends of metropolitan Vienna: An overview. Urban Sprawl in Europe. Similarities or Differences? (pp. 107–140). Budapest: Aula.
Leitner, M. & Helbich, M (2011). The impact of hurricanes on crime: A spatio-temporal analysis in the city of Houston, TX. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 38, (pp. 214–222).
Hagenauer, J., Helbich, M & Leitner, M. (2011). Visualisierung von Verbrechensmustern in Houston mit Methoden des Data Minings. In M Helbich, H Deierling & A Zipf (Eds.), Theorie und quantitative Methoden in der Geographie – Kolloquiumsbeiträge (pp. 79–83). Heidelberg: Universität Heidelberg.
Hagenauer, J., Helbich, M & Leitner, M. (2011). Visualization of crime trajectories with self-organizing maps: A case study on evaluating the impact of hurricanes on spatiotemporal crime hotspots. Proceedings International Cartographic Conference
Fassmann, H., Görgl, P & Helbich, Marco (2010). Atlas der wachsenden Stadtregion. Wien: PGO.
Helbich, Marco & Leitner, M. (2010). Auswirkungen der Hurrikans Katrina und Rita auf raum-zeitliche Kriminalitätscluster am Beispiel von Houston, TX. Ein Scan Statistik Ansatz. In J Strobl, T Blaschke & G Griesebner (Eds.), Angewandte Geoinformatik 2010: Beiträge zum 22. AGIT-Symposium (pp. 50–59). Heidelberg: Wichmann.
Helbich, Marco & Kampitsch, K (2010). GIS and spatial analysis for public safety: The Austrian Criminal Intelligence Service. GeoInformatics, 13, (pp. 10–12).
Helbich, Marco, Amelunxen, C, Neis, P & Zipf, Alexander (2010). Investigations on locational accuracy of volunteered geographic information using OpenStreetMap data. International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Role of Volunteer Geographic Information in Advancing Science (Workshop)
Helbich, Marco & Brunauer, W. (2010). Mixed geographically weighted regression for hedonic house price modeling in Austria. In A Car, G Griesebner & J Strobl (Eds.), GI_Forum. Geospatial Crossroads (pp. 87–90). Heidelberg: Wichmann.
Helbich, Marco & Leitner, M. (2010). Postsuburban spatial evolution of Vienna’s urban fringe: Evidence from point process modeling. Urban Geography, 31 (8), (pp. 1100–1117).
Helbich, Marco & Görgl, P (2010). Räumliche Regressionsmodelle als leistungsfähige Methoden zur Erklärung der Driving Forces von Zuzügen in die Stadtregion Wien?. Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 68, (pp. 103–113).
Helbich, Marco, Deierling, H & Zipf, Alexander (2010). Theorie und quantitative Methoden in der Geographie – Kolloquiumsbeiträge. Universität Heidelberg.
Görgl, P, Helbich, Marco, Fassmann, H. & Gazdek, V (2010). Wanderungsströme der Bevölkerung in der Stadtregion Wien. In M Schrenk, V Popovich & P Zeile (Eds.), Proceedings of REAL CORP 2010: Cities for Everyone. Liveable, Healthy, Prosperous (pp. 909–915). Schwechat: CORP.
Leitner, M. & Helbich, Marco (2009). Analyzing, modeling, and mapping the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the spatial and temporal distribution of crime in Houston, TX. In A Car, G Griesebner & J Strobl (Eds.), GI_Forum. Geospatial Crossroads Heidelberg: Wichmann.
Helbich, Marco (2009). Dynamik des Zentrale Orte Systems im Waldviertel 1980 bis 2004. Eine empirische Analyse. Saarbrücken: VDM.
Helbich, Marco (2009). Modellierung (post)suburbaner Prozesse am Fallbeispiel der Stadtregion Wien. Berlin: Lit Verlag.
Helbich, Marco (2009). Räumliche Statistik zur Quantifizierung postsuburbaner Strukturen im Wiener Umland. In A Koch (Eds.), Mensch – Umwelt – Interaktion. Überlegungen zum theoretischen Verständnis und zur methodischen Erfassung eines grundlegenden und vielschichtigen Zusammenhangs (pp. 29–38). Salzburg: Universität Salzburg.
Helbich, Marco & Leitner, M. (2009). Spatial analysis of the urban-to-rural migration determinants in the Viennese metropolitan area. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, 2, (pp. 237–260).
Helbich, Marco (2008). Regionalisierung (post)suburbaner Faktoren mittels Fuzzy Clusteranalyse am Fallbeispiel des Wiener Umlandes. In M Schrenk, V Popovich, D Engelke & P Elisei (Eds.), REAL CORP 2008: Verkehrsdrehscheiben als Innovationszentren (pp. 399–408). Wien: CORP.
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NEEDS: Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide
01.04.2017 to 31.03.2022
General project description 

Depression is a serious health concern and people affected by depression have a significantly higher suicide risk. Although the World Health Organization attributes modifiable environmental factors including urban environments to the health outcomes, they are largely disregarded as either stressors or buffers in scientific debates on depression and suicide.

Current studies are often limited to urban environmental characteristics of the neighborhoods in which people live. This may result in incorrect conclusions about health-influencing factors and incorrect policies. Human life ultimately unfolds over space-time; People are exposed to more urban environments, not only in daily life, but also during their lives.

The NEEDS project aims at interactions between urban environments, depression and suicide in the Netherlands. A multidisciplinary approach combining health, geographic information science and urban geography will be used, which will be based on smartphone-based human tracking, health record data and spatial temporal modeling. Knowledge about dynamic urban exposures is the key to revealing disease ethics, promoting health prevention and formulas that promote a healthier urban life.

Role Project Leader Funding
EU grant
Project members UU

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  • Transport geography (BSc course, course coordinator, lectures)
  • Geographical information management and applications (Spatial analysis: A primer) (MSc course, lectures, exercises)
  • Urban reflections in practice: Field trip (MSc course, course coordinator, lectures, seminars)
  • Quantitative urban and economic analytics (Research MSc, lectures, seminars, exercises)
  • Advanced urban geography: Understanding temporal and spatial dynamics in cities (MSc course, seminars)
  • Advanced methods and techniques (MSc course, lectures, seminars)
  • Master thesis
  • Bachelor thesis
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Additional functions and activities

Commissions of trust (selection)

Reviewer (selection)

  • Reviewer for funding organizations
    - European Research Council
    - Swiss National Science Foundation
    - Czech Science Foundation
    - The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
    - Research Council KU Leuven etc.
  • Reviewer for >60 internationally peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Applied Geography, BMC Public Health, Geospatial Health, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Journal of Transport Geography, Landscape and Urban Planning, PLoS One, Social Science and Medicine, Transactions in GIS, Urban Geography, Urban Studies)
  • Reviewer for several international conferences and book chapters (e.g., Springer)
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