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Research Group Neurourbanism


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The Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanism is a working group that includes researchers and practitioners from various disciplines: The focus is on investigating the effects of urban living on  emotions, behaviour and mental health of the urban population. It is a research cooperation of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, sponsored by the Alfred Herrhausen Society and headed by Prof. Dr. med. Mazda Adli as well as Professor Jörg Stollmann.
The world is urbanizing at a rapid pace. By 2050, about 70 percent of the world's population will be living in cities. At the same time, city dwellers have a higher risk of stress-related mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression and anxiety disorders. It is therefore necessary to understand whether urban stressors are responsible for this heightened risk and how pathogenic urban stress develops. In order to decipher the phenomenon urban stress and to better understand the influence of the urban environment on our emotions and behaviour, we have founded the Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanism as a working group of researchers and practitioners from psychology, medicine, urban research, architecture, sociology, and philosophy.
The aim is to develop scientifically based prevention measures and a public mental health strategy for cities. Therefore, the Forum is currently drafting a Charter of Neurourbanism, which provides recommendations for action in urban planning and politics. The aim is to create cities that prevent social isolation and the fragmentation of urban societies and thus ensure the mental health and resilience of their inhabitants.

More information about the innovation award „Landmarks in the Land of Ideas“ of the competition "Germany - Land of Ideas" for the Interdisciplinary Forum Neurourbanism can be found here.

Further information about events and the Charter of Neurourbanism can be found on the official webpage.


Prof. Dr. med. Mazda Adli

Chief Physician Fliedner Klinik Berlin, Head research division Affective disorders, research group of Mood Disorders, and research group Neurourbanism