SURe21- Stuttgart Urban Resilience 21 - subjective well-being and mental health of young people in public space


SURe21 aims to sensitise young people to participate in the social transformation process to develop a climate-friendly city. The Nordbahnhofviertel is facing urban, social and societal challenges as a result of Stuttgart 21. The question arises as to how existing and new areas can be developed together in a sustainable manner and how the livelihood and well-being of all current and future residents can be taken into account. So far, there are hardly any examples that scientifically explore the interaction of urban space and subjective well-being in a participatory approach for the target group of young people. The aim is to increase the subjective well-being and mental health of young people through empowerment and participation as well as improving the supply of water and green spaces in the Nordbahnhofviertel.

Research questions

  • Can social participation in transformation processes in public space not only promote the resilience of cities, but also the psychological resilience and well-being of young people themselves?
  • Does active engagement, experience and co-creation of ecological aspects of urban development lead to increased acceptance and subjective well-being?

Scientific approach and methods

Within the framework of the research project, transdisciplinary research methods and implementation strategies will be developed, evaluated and iteratively adapted. A nature-based, constructional-spatial intervention (NBI) will be carried out with young people aged 13-15 and an urban "oasis of wellbeeing" will be developed. This will be evaluated with an observational study using quantitative and qualitative parameters in relation to subjective well-being.

Targeted results

SURe21 generates specific solution approaches for climate-friendly, socially sustainable urban development, is a representative case study for inner-city renewal processes and can thus be transferred to other urban development projects.

ManagementProf. Dr. Christina Simon-Philipp
PartnerUniversity of Tübingen, University of Freiburg
Grant No.01EL2311A
FundingFederal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Programme Prevention" funding measure in the "Sustainability concept phase" funding area
Call for proposalPromote intervention studies for healthy and sustainable living conditions and lifestyles.



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