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7 February 2020: Eight PhD-projects to start at Centre for Urban Mental Health

New exciting PhD projects at the Centre for Urban Mental Health

In January 2020 eight PhD projects starts at the Centre for Urban Mental Health. The projects are equally distributed across three Faculties (two projects per Faculty): Faculty of Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Medicine.

Read more about the awarded projects

In the media

Podcast Urban Mental Health - Kick-off 8 November with co-directors Prof. Bockting and Prof. Wiers

Waarom komen mentale problemen vaker voor in de stad?, 20 November, EOS Wetenschap

Interview with Claudi Bockting in Eos Wetenschap about theories of depression

Maakt de stad ons ziek? Trouw, 9 November

UMH Launch -Highlights of the day

The turnout of our UMH launch event at De Duif, Amsterdam on 8 November was a huge success. Thank you everyone for attending and supporting us.


To recapture the day, we wish to share a few highlights of the event. The day commenced with a great introduction on Understanding Urban Mental Health using Complexity Science led by our co-directors Claudi Bockting and Reinout Wiers. The following interview was with Rector prof. Karen Maex of University of Amsterdam, where she expressed that the Centre for Urban Mental Health will to be the next top research and education hub where new practices and interventions arise and bring strong interdisciplinary collaborations.

Then, a series of guest lectures highlighted the importance of embracing complexity science in urban mental health using various mediums: professor Peter Sloot (Complexity science; UvA), professor Johan Bollen (Social media; Indiana University), professor Paul Verschure (Clinical stroke intervention; Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia), and professor Denny Borsboom (Network symptom modelling; UvA). Lastly, we had a series of pitches on six new exciting PhD projects which are fully funded by our Centre starting in January 2020.