Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

Keynote speakers

Rich Mitchell

Rich Mitchell is Professor of Health and Environment at the Public Health Unit, University of Glasgow. Rich is an epidemiologist and geographer with a particular focus on the roles which environments can play in creating, maintaining and perhaps reducing inequalities in health. Prior to joining Glasgow, Rich was Associate Director of the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

Earlier in his career he focused on monitoring and exploring socio-economic and geographic inequalities in health and how they might be narrowed. Today, his focus is on the potential for green spaces to positively influence population health and health inequalities. Rich is a member of the Scottish Government’s Good Places, Better Health Evaluation Group, with a remit to provide strategic thinking on environment and health. He is also a co-founder of the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (, an interdisciplinary and inter-institute centre, focused on exploring how physical and social environments can influence population health, for better and for worse.

Jolanda Maas

Jolanda Maas is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public and Occupational Health and the EMGO Institute of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She completed her Masters in Sociology at the Utrecht University in Utrecht in 2002. In 2009 she published her PhD thesis about the relation between the amount of green space in the living environment and health. In her PhD thesis she first investigated whether there is a relation between the amount of green space in the living environment and health. Thereafter she investigated if the relation could be explained through mechanisms as stress recovery, social contacts and physical activity. Currently she works on several studies which investigate the relation betweenthe environment and physical activity. For example, she is project manager of a project called 'Park of Perk?' which uses qualitative measures (GPS-tracking and interviews) to investigate neighbourhoods should be designed to stimulate physical activity.

Jens Troelsen

Jens Troelsen, Associate Professor, is doing research in the associations between the built environment and physical activity and health. He is research project manager of several studies, including the intervention study “The Impact of a Structural, Comprehensive Strategy for the Promotion of Physical Activity and Health in Local Districts”, and the bicycle research project “Environmental determinants for bike-ability” part of “ – cities for zero-emission travel and public health.” He joins in as national principal investigator in the “International Study of Built Environment, Physical Activity, and Obesity” (IPEN). Jens Troelsen is head of the research group “Space and Movement”, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.