Fundamental research in the REMD group takes place primarily in the context of PhD, postdoc and master graduation projects supervised by the (scientific) staff members of the group. PhD and postdoc projects are funded through varying sources including scholarships, EU-projects and partnerships with industry and government. In addition, the REMD group is active in applied research; this concerns research projects conducted in commission of market parties such as corporations. Interface is a foundation connected to the REMD group especially established to accommodate market research.
Fundamental research in the group is aimed at
1. Empirical analysis (theory development).
2. Developing models of behavior.
3. Development of decision support systems. These lines of research are interrelated: theories developed in ad 1 find application in models developed in ad 2 and in turn models resulting from this work are integrated in tools for decision support.
Throughout the research the group uses and contributes to advanced modeling approaches that have proven their value in adjacent fields such astransportation research but that are relatively new in real estate research. Among others, this involves
1. Advanced cognitive mapping approaches to measure user preferences.
2. Advanced econometric models and stated preference techniques.
3. Activity-based modeling and social-network analysis methods to model interactions of users with the built environment and social interactions on building or urban scale. Tools for decision support involve agent-based simulation models (e.q., housing market models) as well as normative models for decision analysis (e.g., multi-criteria analysis, negotiation support systems).
A general aim of the research is to combine theories and methodologies from environmental, cognitive and social psychology with (advanced) econometric methods of analysis and modeling. As a consequence, most research conducted in the group is interdisciplinary in nature and products of the research eventually find application in decision support tools.
The following research topics are addressed (not exhaustive):
- concepts of offices/science parks, knowledge sharing and innovation;
- performance of buildings on health and satisfaction of users;
- aligning corporate real estate management with companies strategies;
- ambient intelligence in buildings;
- neighborhoods facilities, design of public space, use of ICT and quality of living environments;
- customer and life-cycle oriented programming, development and management;
- the mutual impacts between urban and infrastructure development and value of real estate;
- collaborative decision-making and the development of areas and real estate;
- new forms of stakeholder participation in urban development and restructuring processes;
- large-scale land-use modeling and uban systems simulation;
- housing market modeling:
- behavioral decision making and bounded rationality in real estate;
- decision support systems and negotiation systems in real estate.
Across these research areas the group intends to contribute to all three themes defined by the department of Architecture Building and Planning, Quality of Life, Smart Living Environments and Sustainable Transformation, as well as to the strategic areas of the University, Energy and Health.