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Re-thinking urban design research - an interdisciplinary exploration at the interface of urban design and brain sciences using the Delphi technique
Urban design is an interdisciplinary and dynamic discipline with an increasing importance in our urban world. In recent years, the discipline has shown an heightened interest in gathering scientific evidence on how the urban built environment shapes human-beings. Disciplines that have been making significant progress in this area are brain sciences (psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience). There is a potential, strong link between urban design and brain sciences in regard to human-centred urban design. To investigate this link in practice, this dissertation explores how far it is possible that urban designers and brain scientists cooperate at the intersection of both fields to create more human-centred urban built environments. The dissertation has been utilising a ranking-type Delphi study to let participants who are from brain sciences and urban design, agree on a hypothetical research agenda for human-centred urban design research. We hypothesised that the higher the consensus the higher the cooperation potential for the two fields. Their consensus on the research agenda acts as a proxy that indicates if the two fields have the potential to cooperate. This is based on the assumption that pre-existing overlap of research topics is an effective parameter that indicates cooperation potential for both fields. The dissertation found that there was a slight consensus for the ranking exercise, although it was non-significant. However, in combination with supplementary data from the other rounds of the Delphi study, this indicates that cooperation potential is apparent, yet practical challenges remain (e.g. different methodology and research language). Also, there have been a range of limiting factors in regard to the Delphi method. Therefore, more research is needed to further explore the link between the two fields in practice and to establish a better knowledge base.

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