Happiness in cities

By Bahaaeddin Alhaddad | 2017

In this interview, Prof. Bahaaeddin Alhaddad explains the factors that define happiness in cities. The place where you grow, your emotional issues and the outer world are key issues that determine it. Technology is not a tool to provide happiness but it can help to create comfort. Prof. Alhaddad is putting it into practice with UNIQUE, a project that introduces neuroscience with geographic information through brain monitoring to observe how we react within the city.

Bahaaeddin Alhaddad

Dr. Bahaaeddin Alhaddad received his BSc in Architecture in 2000 (Gaza, Palestine), obtained a MSc in Space Systems on Earth Observation in 2002 (Lecce, Italy) and pursued a PhD in Urban Management and Valuations in 2009 (Barcelona, Spain). From 2004 to 2011, being staff of the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations- CPSV/UPC, he has been intensively involved in several European collaborative projects. He joined the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis- CASA at University College London- UCL to work on urban remote sensing and Smart Cities related projects, in 2011. Since 2012, he is working as Space Business Development and urban remote sensing expert at Starlab Ltd, Harwell Oxford Innovation Centre (UK).


Amador Ferrer

Architect and Professor at Universitat Ramón Llull

Aníbal Gaviria

Alcalde de la ciudad de Medellín (2012-15)

Bahaaeddin Alhaddad

Space Business Development and Urban Remote Sensing at Starlab Ltd

Beth Simone Noveck

Founder and Director. Governance Lab

Bharati Chaturvedi

Founder and Director. Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Boyd Cohen

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Carlos Vayas

Metropolitan Director. Municipality of Quito

Cecile Faraud

Circular Economy Lead. Peterborough City Council

Cristina Garrido

Urban Innovation Consultant, anteverti

Dan Lewis

Chief Urban Risk Reduction, UN Habitat Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit

Darko Radovic

Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University

Edward Glaeser

Professor of Economics, Harvard University. Urban Economist.

Ellis J. Juan

Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative General Coordinator. Inter-American Development Bank

Esteve Almirall

Assoc. Professor. ESADE Business Law School

Gabriela Gómez-Mont

Chief Creativity Officer at Laboratorio para la Ciudad. México City

Gaetan Siew

CEO Global Creative Leadership Initiative

Inazio Martínez de Arano

Head of Office in European Forest Institute Mediterranean Regional Office

Juliana Rotich

Executive Director. Ushahidi

Kumaresh Chandra Mishra

Deputy Secretary General Habitat III Conference. United Nations

Manu Fernández

Founder. Human Scale City

Markku Markkula

President of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR). European Union

Pankaj Ghemawat

Global Professor of Management and Strategy. IESE

Parvati Nair

Director of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility

Rashiq Fataar

Urbanist and Director of Our Future Cities

Rebecca Smith

Active Alumni at the European Youth Parliament. anteverti Consultant

Ricard Garriga

Co-founder Menorca Millenials

Shannon Lawrence

Director Global Initiatives. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Stephen Goldsmith

Professor. Harvard Kennedy School

Suzanne Spooner

anteverti consultant