• Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Build Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The REMD group, part of the Design and Decision Support Systems (DDSS) research program, is responsible for education and research in the area of real estate management and urban development.

Highlighted phrase

Understanding, modeling and optimizing behavior in the area of real estate

Organisational profile

The transition from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market that is taking place in all real estate sectors (offices, residential, retail, and so on) is profoundly impacting the sector. At the same time, the increasing importance of sustainable development, transparency of processes, innovation of businesses and alignment to changing needs of users demand reconsideration of the design of the built environment at the area of buildings as well as areas.

Traditionally, Real-Estate research is focused on operational and financial-economic aspects of real estate management and development. The REMD group distinguishes itself by focusing on users’ behavior and development of decision support tools. Thereby, buildings are consistently considered in their physical form and in a spatial context. The group combines multiple disciplines including planning, geography, management, economics and psychology.

Research at the REMD group focuses specifically on user and well-being aspects of new housing concepts (such as collaborative housing), new business and workplace concepts (co-working offices, science parks…) and vulnerable groups in society (such as the elderly) with the aim to create healthy working and living environments that meet current demands of users and society. The research combines qualitative methods, advanced econometric and spatial analysis, big data and large-scale modeling to test and develop theories of user behavior and support real-estate decisions.

The real estate market comprises various market segments, ranging from business premises (such as offices, stores and commercial buildings) to non-profit real estate (such as housing corporation properties). Equal attention is paid to these segments, using three perspectives:

  • The user perspective - understanding the needs, preferences and choice behavior of users of space for activities such as residence, retail and businesses.
  • The management perspective - understanding the management of real-estate on urban, portfolio and individual building levels. Decision support tools are considered important to improve the transparency of processes and quality of decisions in real estate.
  • The development perspective - understanding land and urban development processes; key actors here are developers and also investors and public-private partnerships. Building design and an integrated approach to real estate at the scale of the neighborhood or city (region) are important in creating high-quality living and work environments.

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travel Social Sciences
redevelopment Earth & Environmental Sciences
social network Social Sciences
interaction Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
path analysis Social Sciences
land use Social Sciences
travel behavior Social Sciences

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 1984 2020

A comparative study of contact frequencies among social network members in five countries

Troncoso Parady, G., Frei, A., Kowald, M., Guidon, S., Wicki, M., van den Berg, P. E. W., Carrasco, J-A., Arentze, T. A., Timmermans, H. J. P., Wellman, B., Takami, K., Harata, N. & Axhausen, K. W., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

social network
interaction pattern
travel behavior
1 Citation (Scopus)

A structural approach for the redesign of a small-scale care facility as a guideline for decision-makers

Huisman, E., Appel-Meulenbroek, R. & Kort, H., 1 Jan 2020, In : Intelligent Buildings International. 12, 1, p. 32-43

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Decision making
3 Downloads (Pure)

Children’s school travel and wellbeing in the Netherlands

van de Craats, I., van den Berg, P. E. W., Kemperman, A. D. A. M. & Waygood, E. O. D. O., 2020, Transportation and children's well-being. Waygood, O., Friman, M., Olsson, L. & Mitra, R. (eds.). Elsevier, p. 317-338

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Railroad cars


Best ERES Paper in Corporate Real Estate

Rianne Appel - Meulenbroek (Recipient), 2015

Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Real estate
Work environment
European countries
Shopping centres

Activities 1997 2019

Een werkomgeving die werkt? Psychologische factoren, gebruikersvoorkeuren en werkplek mythes

H.A.J.A. (Rianne) Appel-Meulenbroek (Invited speaker)
28 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

Vastgoedpropositie voor geslaagde campussen

W.K.B. (Benny) Ng (Speaker)
19 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

Vereniging van Onroerend Goed Onderzoekers in Nederland (VOGON) (External organisation)

Minou Weijs - Perrée (Member)
8 Nov 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardProfessional

Student theses

Active coping behaviour & the physical work environment: can the physical work environment support active coping?

Author: Winkelmolen, E., 25 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Appel - Meulenbroek, R. (Supervisor 1), de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 2), Haans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Kemperman, A. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Adding bricks to clicks: the main attributes of click-and-mortar shops influencing the shopping experience

Author: Hensbergen, M., 30 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Borgers, A. (Supervisor 1), Ossokina, I. (Supervisor 2) & Meijsing, D. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master