Sustainable Built Environments for better Health and WELL-being (SWELL)

A project in the Interdisciplinary Sustainable Initiatives at NTNU

Sustainable Built Environments for better Health and WELL-being (SWELL)


Our goal

The SWELL project will contribute to healthy and sustainable urban environments through increased knowledge and understanding among citizens about the consequences of their actions on their health, environment and their community.

The project takes the position that a transformational change towards a more sustainable future requires understanding and action at the individual, community, national and global levels. The project focuses on the human behaviour and decision making, supported by a better understanding of sustainability and the impacts of their actions on a sustainable future.

Who are we? 

The project brings together expertise from health and medical sciences, geography and social sciences, the built environment and ICT to develop mathematical and conceptual models, methods and digital technologies to engage and interact actively with citizens and young people.

The knowledge and data from the different disciplines will be used to visualise and communicate the complex and intricate relations that are relevant for making decisions that will support a sustainable lifestyle and how we interact with our surroundings.
This project builds upon results from earlier and current international, European and national projects and is designed such that it could serve as a platform for future project proposals.

PhD Theses

PhD Theses

Affect behaviour change among individuals and communities by raising awareness about their own carbon footprint and lifestyle, through daily activities.

PhD Candidate: 

Supervisor: Sobah Abbas Petersen, Dept. of Computer Science


Interactions between environmental stressors, health, well-being, inequality, lifestyles, and behaviors.

PhD Candidate: Grace Forster, Dep. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science

Supervisor: Monica Lillefjell, Dep. of Neuromedicine and Movement Science

Address how physical, spatial, and social design opportunities can contribute to improved livability in the built environment.

PhD Candidate: Andrew Pulsipher, Dept. of Computer Science

Supervisor: Michalis Giannakos, Dept. of Computer Science

Understand the relation between urban elements and design to individual / community scale and how these affect health & well-being.

PhD Candidate: Elham Andalib, Dep. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Supervisor: Alenka Temeljotov-Salaj, Dep. of Civil and Environmental Engineering