Consortium

A 4-years Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN)

Through cutting edge research, co-creation and collaboration with academics and stakeholders, the SURREAL project aims to develop a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the complex relationships between exposures to environments, behaviors and urban health.

Based on this understanding, interventions at the individual and the urban level to improve health and health equity will be identified, implemented and evaluated.

7 countries


10 institutes


15 ESRs


A diverse and multidisciplinary team of researchers

SURREAL brings together a diverse group of researchers that takes a broad perspective and work jointly to tackle some of the most urgent questions concerned with health in cities.

In SURREAL, 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are working at 10 institutes across 7 countries.

Principal Investigators

Martin Dijst

SURREAL Network Coordinator, Professor, Department of Urban Development & Mobility, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg

Catherine Jones

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Professor, Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, ISGLOBAL, Spain

Amit Birenboim

Senior Lecturer, Department of geography and the Center for Urban Innovation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Basile Chaix

Professor, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France

Hans Orru

Associate Professor, Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of Tartu, Estonia

Ilonca Vaartjes

Associate Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Kati Orru

SURREAL Gender Coordinator, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

Monique Simons

Senior Researcher, Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

Erik Timmermans

Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Mariëlle A. Beenackers

Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Claus Vögele

Professor, Department of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Frank van Lenthe

Professor, Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Tim Nawrot

Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Hasselt, Belgium

Camille Perchoux

Research Associate, Department of Urban Development & Mobility, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg

Yvonne Koop

Assistant Professor, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

External Advisory Board

Chris Brown

Head of the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice, Italy

Mariël Droomers

Senior Advisor Healthy Living Environment, Municipality Utrecht

Michael Jerrett

Full Professor, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (US)

Peter Groenewegen

Senior Researcher, Healthcare System and Governance at Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), Utrecht, the Netherlands

Additional roles

Martin Dijst

SURREAL Network Coordinator, Professor, Department of Urban Development & Mobility, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxembourg

Kati Orru

SURREAL Gender Coordinator, Associate Professor, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

Elke Brungs

SURREAL Consortium Office Manager, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxemburg

Esther Zana-Nau

SURREAL Ombudsperson – Ethical Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Luxemburg

Lea Sgier

SURREAL Ethics Advisor, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Universities & Institutes

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