dr. W.J.M. (Wim) Heijs - Expertise

Heijs, dr. W.J.M.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of the Built Environment
Section :
Urban Systems & Real Estate
Positioncategory :
Associate Professor (UHD)
Position :
Associate Professor
Room :
VRT 8.34
Tel :
+31 40-247 3386
Tel (internal) :
Tel (inh internal) :
tel 3320
Fax :
040 2438488
Email :

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  • D65000 - Urban and rural planning
  • D14410 - Building technology



PhD: environmental psychology (An exploratory analysis of residential comfort), Catholic University, Nijmegen (1992).

Master: social and environmental psychology , Catholic University, Nijmegen

After his graduation in 1981 Wim Heijs worked as a researcher at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and the Eindhoven University of Technology, conducting contract research on a large variety of subjects in the field of environmental and social psychology (e.g. hypothermia among elderly, residential comfort and dwelling needs, household energy use and recycling behavior, energy-related habitual behavior, road safety, social safety, office design and evaluation, sustainable and liveable environments, and the relations between attitudes, behavior and new technologies).

In 2001 he joined the REMD program and became an associate professor in 2004. Presently he focuses 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 liveability of neighbourhoods (safety, sustainability); and place identity and branding.

His teaching includes giving lectures on user needs analysis, programming, evaluation, research methodology and multivariate statistical analysis, and the supervision of students in their second year projects and their master thesis research. Current and recent MSc thesis topics for which he is a supervisor are:

Determination of the functional value of buildings Flexible housing: attitudes and use New dwelling concepts for the elderly New flexible concepts for larger scale care residences for the elderly. Keep factors and customer relationship management The relation between business growth and building characteristics. Consumer needs oriented retail market research Participation of retailers in developing shopping centres Programming research for ROC's (schools for professional education). New concepts of leisure accommodations Redevelopment of industrial heritage Redevelopment of religious heritage Determination of the demand of municipal real estate Participation of inhabitants in urban redevelopment VR simulation as a communication tool for local governments The functioning of city centre management organisations Behavioral real estate

Wim Heijs 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).