One research focus at CuE is the complex web of urban systems and the health-related opportunities and risks of residents. This research is grounded in the population-based Heinz Nixdorf Recall study, a cohort study with 4,814 participants from 3 cities in the Ruhr metropolis, ongoing for the past 10 years. The study database, which includes clinical, social and environmental data, will be connected with social and city planning analyses of the residential areas of the study participants.




Another research focus lies in the examination of the direct and indirect health effects of the Emscher conversion project. This – one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects – aims to convert an 80-kilometer long open wastewater channel (the Emscher) into a restored natural waterway. Expected to take generations to complete, the restoration includes technical, social, cultural, political, economic, structural-spatial, and environmental aspects. This real-world project is particularly well-suited for the study of the complex structure of the urban environment using a research-oriented approach that incorporates key regional actors. The goal is to develop a comprehensive picture and understanding of the connections between urban conditions and health.