The URBANOME paradigm: Exploring the urban exposome to co-create urban interventions for better health and wellbeing


Friday 23 September
13.30 – 15.00


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Josef Stefan Institute
University of Northumbria
Aarhus University 


Sala Didattica


This workshop focuses on the urban exposome, i.e. the totality of exposures to which the urban population is subjected throughout their life course, and its effects on human health and wellbeing. Capturing the detailed and comprehensive evidence of environmental health determinants, their temporal dynamics considering climate change and their spatial distribution in the city, and the social distribution of their impact among different population groups, needs to be linked to different lifestyles and behavioral patterns. Citizen science and community engagement are key components of this approach to the urban climate engaging citizens as active part of the scientific research team investigating the exposome in cities and how it affects public health.

An integrated methodological framework will be illustrated that brings together the complete set of environmental, social, and functional features of a city in an integrative analytical framework that would facilitate the identification of the main determinants of urban health and wellbeing and support co-creation and testing of policies and precision interventions designed to improve urban health and wellbeing through Urban Living Labs.

In addition, tools and methodological advances towards the delineation of an accurate spatial and temporal resolution of environmental exposures in a personalized manner will be laid out and patterns of socio-spatial environmental inequalities will be identified with a view to finally lead to social cohesion improvement.

The use of urban living labs and advanced personalised sensors as an effective means to ensure comprehensive community engagement towards investigating the exposure determinants of human health and wellbeing will be discussed and demonstrated on the basis of previous and currently running social experimentation. Coupling the external urban exposome characterisation with exposure and effect biomarkers that may act prognostically regarding the effect of environmental stressors on non-communicable disease incidence in cities will be discussed and showcased.


  1. A multi-objective participatory optimization methodology to assess human health and wellbeing in urban environment: the URBANOME project (D. Sarigiannis)
  2. Assessing the impact of environmental stressors on physical and mental health: A multi-modal big data perspective (P. Bamidis)
  3. Use of sensor based-technologies available for personal exposure assessment (D. Kocman)
  4. Exploring the urbanome in real life (I. Annesi Maesano)
  5. Ethnographic assessment of urban health and wellbeing (RGU)
  6. Innovative policy learning and improving governance capacity (A. Jensen)


  • Policy makers & city representatives
  • Researchers & academics
  • Living lab representatives and practitioners


Dimosthenis Sarigiannis

Professor, Director (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, HERACLES Research Center, University School for Advanced Study)

Caroline Hood

Lecturer in Sociology, Robert Gordon University

Isabella Annesi-Maesano

Research Director at the French NIH (INSERM) and Professor of Environmental Epidemiology

Panagiotis Bamidis

Prof., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

David Kocman

Senior Research Associate and Head of Environmental Informatics group, Jožef Stefan Institute