eMOTIONAL Cities: Mapping the cities through the senses of those who make them

Project Details


As the world is becoming more urbanized and cities of the future need to be people-centred, robust evidence-based knowledge on the underlying biological and psychological processes, by which Urban Planning & Design influence brain circuits and human behaviour, will be critical for policy making on urban health. Emotions are key drivers of our decisions; similarly, our choices are the conduit for our well-being and health. The eMOTIONAL Cities project aims to provide scientific evidence on how the natural and built urban environment shapes the neural system underlying human cognitive and emotional processing, with a perspective that also incorporates age, gender and vulnerable groups’ specificities. Within the eMOTIONAL Cities project, DTU will: 1. Design and formulate an integrated conceptual framework for simulation; 2. Develop a scenario discovery optimization methodology; 3. Showcase the scenario discovery method in selected urban case-studies; 4. Identify, for the selected case-studies, particular policy related robust evidence for improved urban health.
AcronymeMOTIONAL Cities
Effective start/end date01/03/202131/12/2025

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark
  • University of Lisbon (lead)
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Climateflux Co.
  • STARLAB Barcelona
  • NeuroGEARS Ltd
  • Tallinn University of Technology
  • Earth Pulse, Unipessoal LDA
  • Sociedade Portuguesa De Inovacao

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • Neuroscience
  • Urban health
  • Urban design
  • Travel behavior
  • Human cognition
  • Human emotions
  • Well-being


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