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Personal profile


"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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Projects 2016 2019

SPARK Impuls (Science park facilities and the role of ecosystem formation)

Appel - Meulenbroek, R., Weijs - Perrée, M., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Appel - Meulenbroek, R., Arentze, T., Ng, B., Kruizinga, M. & Sartorius - ter Haar, M.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1993 2019

Analysing user preferences for co-working space characteristics

Weijs-Perrée, M., van de Koevering, J., Appel-Meulenbroek, R. & Arentze, T., 2019, In : Building Research and Information. 47, 5, p. 534-548 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Railroad cars

A comparative study of contact frequencies and modes among social network members in four countries.

Frei, A., van den Berg, P. E. W., Kowald, M., Carrasco, J-A., Axhausen, K. W., Arentze, T. A., Timmermans, H. J. P. & Wellman, B., 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Open Access
Business change
Real estate
Business strategy

Analyzing face-to-face interactions and knowledge sharing behavior in business centers: a mixed multinomial logit model

Weijs - Perrée, M., Appel - Meulenbroek, H. A. J. A. & Arentze, T. A., 2018, (In preparation) Book of full papers TWR2018 Transdisciplinary Workplace Research Conference,. p. 41-61

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

Knowledge sharing
Multinomial logit model
Work environment
Tacit knowledge
2 Citations

A time-use model for the automated vehicle-era

Pudāne, B., Molin, E. J. E., Arentze, T. A., Maknoon, Y. & Chorus, C. G., 1 Aug 2018, In : Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. 93, p. 102-114 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Travel time
Railroad cars


EuroFM Best Paper Award EFMC 2017

Minou Weijs - Perrée (Recipient), Rianne Appel - Meulenbroek (Recipient), Theo Arentze (Recipient) & Sjoerd Romme (Recipient), 27 Apr 2017

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

Activities 2000 2000

  • 1 Contributed talk

Presentation at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Arentze, T. (Speaker)
29 Nov 2000

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed 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