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Design for Healthier Urban Living (DHUL) Research Group

Unit(s) of assessment: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning; Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory

School: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment


Design for Healthier urban Group (DHUL) explores around the inter-disciplinary research theme of sustainable urban living, with a particular focus on behaviour change. We explore the role of design in bringing behavioural change to achieve a better life. Academics in this team has a focus on specific behavioural change theme of:

Exploring role of design in increasing people’s health through IoT, Design-led Interventions, and feedback devices.

Safety & Transportation:
Sustainable Transportation & Safety investigating attitudes and behaviours regarding sustainable personal transportation options such as electric cars, cycling and car sharing in urban environments

Healthy and Sustainable buildings:
Exploring the impact of retrofitted buildings lighting design and users’ behaviour on health and wellbeing

Built Environment & Smart cities:
Exploring the role of citizen engagement, participation and the role of digital enabled feedback.


  • Shin, H. D. & Bull, R. (2019) Three dimensions of design for sustainable behaviour. Sustainability, 11(17), 4610.
  • Nwankwo, F., Shin, H. D., Al-Habaibeh, A. & Massoud, H. (2019) Evaluation of children’s screen viewing time and parental role in household context. Global Pediatric Health, 6(2333794X19878062.
  • AL-MARRI, W., AL-HABAIBEH, A. and WATKINS, M., 2018. An investigation into domestic energy consumption behaviour and public awareness of renewable energy in Qatar. Sustainable Cities and Society, 41, pp. 639-646. ISSN 2210-6707