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.
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).
Duurzaam zorgvastgoedReal Estate Research Quarterly (2017)
Factors influencing place attachment and plans to move : a case study in Terneuzen, the NetherlandsENHR (2014)
Place and property : rethinking a relationship18th Annual European Real Estate Society Conference (ERES 2011) (2011)
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