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"All of the built environment as we know it has been designed and its features have a significant impact on our wellbeing and behavior. It is my ambition to contribute to the creation of high quality built environments by the study of what people need and how they interact with the built environment."    

Research profile

Theo Arentze is Full Professor of Real Estate and Urban Systems and chair of the Real Estate Management and Development group in the department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on the analysis and modeling of spatial choice behavior of users in the built environment and application of these models for large-scale simulation and decision support. A general aim of his research is to increase behavior realism of spatial choice models by incorporating bounded rationality. He has made contributions in the areas of decision support systems, activity-based modeling, discrete choice modeling, agent-based modeling, human cognition/learning, social network modeling and personal information systems.

His current research focus extends to the study and modeling of behavior of actors in real estate management and development. The goal is to analyze and predict behavior as well as to develop decision support systems for real-estate management and development.

Academic background

Theo received his MSc in psychology from Groningen University, with a specialization in cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence. At TU/e, he received a PhD from the Urban Planning group in the department of the Built Environment.  

Theo has published over 220 articles in international peer reviewed journals (as first and co-author) on transportation, urban planning, geography, marketing and consumer research. He is member of the editorial board of several international peer-reviewed journals and acts as an ad-hoc reviewer and program committee member for many journals, conferences and research facilities.

His team is multidisciplinary including management, psychology, sociology, geography and economics. The research of his team comprises the areas of real-estate management, neighborhood development (place making), housing and urban economics with a strong emphasis on behavior research and with topics related to healthy living environments and work places, new business concepts, senior housing and healthy cities.

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Research Output

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, Proceedings of the 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. 20-00676

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

  • Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    49 Downloads (Pure)

    Location type choice for face-to-face interactions in business centers

    Weijs - Perrée, M., Appel - Meulenbroek, H. A. J. A. & Arentze, T. A., 4 Jul 2020, In : Environment and Behavior. 52, 7, p. 761–794

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    EuroFM Best Paper Award EFMC 2017

    Minou Weijs - Perrée (Recipient), H.A.J.A. Appel - Meulenbroek (Recipient), T.A. Arentze (Recipient) & A.G.L. Romme (Recipient), 27 Apr 2017

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

    Winner Pyke Johnson Award for Short-term adaptations as a response to travel time increases: results of a stated adaptation experiment

    I. Psarra (Recipient), Theo Arentze (Recipient) & Harry Timmermans (Recipient), 2016

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


    Stakeholders-oriented spatial decision support system

    Theo Arentze (Examiner)
    17 May 2019

    Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

    A sustainable industrial site redevelopment planning support system

    Theo Arentze (Examiner)
    2 Apr 2019

    Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

    A tool to analyze urban development

    Theo Arentze (Speaker)
    2019 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Student theses

    A community approach of urban renewal: place making as a tool for promoting social cohesion in disadvantaged neigborhoods

    Author: Rashid, H., 25 Oct 2016

    Supervisor: van den Berg, P. (Supervisor 1), Arentze, T. (Supervisor 2) & Soetens, I. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Albatross: implementatie, interpretatie en visualisatie van proeftoepassingen

    Author: van Soest, P., 31 Aug 2006

    Supervisor: Timmermans, H. (Supervisor 1), Arentze, T. (Supervisor 2) & Borgers, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Algemeen Wereldtijdschrift voor stedebouwkunde en planologie

    Author: van Hoorn, P., 30 Nov 1999

    Supervisor: Arentze, T. (Supervisor 1), Beekman, P. (Supervisor 2) & Borgers, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Amsterdam, infrastructure and transit oriented development

    Author: Galetzka, T., 31 Aug 2015

    Supervisor: Borgers, A. (Supervisor 1), Arentze, T. (Supervisor 2) & Liao, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master