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1990 …2017

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Wim Heijs is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. He specializes in urban and rural planning and building technology. Wim’s main focus is on the theoretical and methodological aspects of user needs analysis, programming and post occupancy evaluation; housing and environments for special groups (elderly, impaired); new residential concepts and possibilities for market segmentation (user groups and residential milieus); policies regarding energy use for housing associations; the livability of neighborhoods (safety, sustainability); and place identity and branding.

His research group works on a wide range of themes including determination of the functional value of buildings, flexible housing, the relation between business growth and building characteristics, consumer needs oriented retail market research and innovative concepts in the areas of leisure accommodations, industrial heritage and religious heritage.

Academic background

Wim Heijs received his MSc in social and environmental psychology and his PhD in environmental psychology from Radboud University, Nijmegen (which was named Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen at the time). Following his graduation, Wim worked as a researcher at Radboud University and at TU/e, conducting contract research on a large variety of subjects in the field of environmental and social psychology (such as hypothermia among the elderly, household energy use and recycling behavior, energy-related habitual behavior, road safety, social safety, office design and evaluation, an relations between attitudes, behavior and new technologies). In 2001 he joined the REMD program at TU/, becoming an Associate Professor in 2004.

Wim is a member of IAPS (the International Association for People-Environment Studies), EDRA (the Environmental Design and Research Association), the ENHR working group Residential Environments and People, the Eurolink Age Housing Policy Sub-Group, the Include Network, ISSO (Institute for Study and Stimulation of Research into Building Installations, the Netherlands) and the Sustainable Energy Housing Project-development Group (the Netherlands).

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Research Output

Duurzaam zorgvastgoed: de Theory of Planned Behavior als verklaringskader voor beslissingen over duurzaamheidsmaatregelen

Verbruggen, R. & Heijs, W. J. M., Mar 2017, In : Real Estate Research Quarterly. 16, 1, p. 29-37

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Wonen: discoursen, praktijken, perspectieven

Smeets, J. J. A. M. (ed.), Heijs, W. J. M. (ed.) & Leussink, M. I. K. (ed.), 15 Oct 2016, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 256 p. (Bouwstenen; vol. 221)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

Zorgzaam wonen: een perspectiefwisseling

Heijs, W. J. M., 2016, Wonen: discoursen, praktijken, perspectieven. Smeets, J. J. A. M., Heijs, W. J. M. & Leusink, M. I. K. (eds.). Bouwstenen 221 ed. Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Faculteit Bouwkunde, p. 77-89

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

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Factors influencing place attachment and plans to move : a case study in Terneuzen, the Netherlands

van den Berg, P., Heijs, W., Willemsen, S. & Havermans, D., 2014, Proceedings of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) 2014 conference : "Beyond Globalisation. Remaking Housing Policy in a Complex World".

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Exploring energy rebound effects

Heijs, W. J. M. & Adrians, R., 2011, ERES 2011 conference, Eindhoven, 16 June 2011. Eindhoven

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

  • Student theses

    Behavioral real estate and direct investing: behavioral opportunities and threats for private investors

    Author: Petit, B., 31 Mar 2007

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor 1), Heijs, W. (Supervisor 2), Weisz, R. (Supervisor 2), Lokerse, J. M. (External person) (External coach), Klapwijk, J. (External person) (External coach) & Pastor, R. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Binding met je woonplek: onderzoek naar hoe ouderen een sterkere binding met een woonzorgvoorziening kunnen ervaren

    Author: Huijs, M., 31 Mar 2011

    Supervisor: Heijs, W. (Supervisor 1) & van de Ven, L. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Building for athletes: a user needs analysis

    Author: Leenarts, F., 19 Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Heijs, W. (Supervisor 1) & Rapp, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Complex gemengd complex: een exploratief onderzoek naar de belemmeringen voor woningcorporaties bij het doorvoeren van energiebesparende maatregelen binnen gemengde wooncomplexen

    Author: Quirijns, P., 31 Aug 2011

    Supervisor: Smeets, J. (Supervisor 1), Heijs, W. (Supervisor 2) & Maessen, H. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master


    Concentratie en regionalisering van maatschappelijke voorzieningen in krimpregio's

    Author: van den Helm, S., 28 Feb 2014

    Supervisor: Heijs, W. (Supervisor 1), van den Berg, P. (Supervisor 2) & Leussink, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master