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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 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

Route choice decisions of e-bike users: analysis of GPS tracking data in the Netherlands

Dane, G., Feng, T., Luub, F. & Arentze, T., 2020, Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Kyriakidis, P., Hadjimitsis, D., Skarlatos, D. & Mansourian, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 109-124 17 p. 7. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

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

Global positioning system
1 Citation (Scopus)

Adjustment of corporate real estate during a period of significant business change

Cooke, H., Appel - Meulenbroek, H. A. J. A. & Arentze, T. A., 18 Feb 2019, In : International Journal of Strategic Property Management. 23, 3, p. 171-186 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Business change
Real estate
Business strategy

A multi-agent assisted approach for spatial Group Decision Support Systems: a case study of disaster management practice

Ghavami, S. M., Maleki, J. & Arentze, T., 1 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 38, 13 p., 101223

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

disaster management
group decision
decision support system
Decision support systems
4 Citations (Scopus)

Analysing user preferences for co-working space characteristics

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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 2019

  • 5 Examination
  • 1 Contributed talk
  • 1 Invited talk

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

The users' value of business center concepts for knowledge sharing and networking behavior within and between organizations

Theo Arentze (Examiner)
26 Mar 2019

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

A tool to analyze urban development

Theo Arentze (Speaker)
2019 → …

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific


Entry Project US&RE

1/09/12 → …


Housing markets and strategies

1/09/15 → …


Managing place and property

1/09/15 → …


Project USRE: Real Estate A

1/09/14 → …


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