The Center for Urban Design and Mental Health is a start-up think tank. We welcome those with cross-disciplinary and integrative interests in mental health and any of the disciplines involved in urban design. If you would like to discuss potential opportunities to get involved, please contact us.
Anyone doing work or research on the nexus of urban design and mental health
- Would you like to write an op-ed to share your ideas or showcase your research or project that relates to the link between urban design and mental health? Please send a 600-1000 word paper for consideration to Sanity and Urbanity. Please submit as a MS Word document with references embedded as links, and include photos where relevant (with appropriate attributions). Please also include a headshot and short biography.
- Submit a research paper, research summary or case study to the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health.
- Conduct a UD/MH City Case Study for publication in the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health.
- Be available as a peer reviewer for the journal (please email with your CV/biography and areas of expertise).
- Start/join discussions on our LinkedIn group
Apply to be a Fellow
- UD/MH Fellows currently work anywhere in the world at the nexus of urban design and mental health, as academics, as architects, planners, engineers, geographers, data analysts, environmental psychologists, and a wide range of other occupations in this field.
- They hold at least a Masters degree in a relevant topic, and ideally a PhD.
- They have either published in academic journals on the links between urban design and mental health (academics), or are involved in practical projects that integrate urban design and mental health on the ground.
- UD/MH responsibilities are tailored to individual expertise and interests, but include bringing together knowledge and conducting research on key UD/MH topics, writing quarterly for Sanity and Urbanity, providing advice where relevant, and potentially speaking on relevant panels for UD/MH. If you have other ideas, we are delighted to hear them.
- Fellowship is on a part-time, largely virtual basis, so applicants are very welcome from anywhere in the world. We encourage applicants from all disciplines and propose areas of focus.
- This is an unpaid position. Fellows work for UD/MH alongside their other jobs.
Opportunities for Undergraduate and Masters students
- Publication of your research on the UD/MH blog: If you have conducted research or a literature summary on a topic at the nexus of urban design and mental health as part of your coursework, why not send it to us to be considered for possible inclusion in Sanity and Urbanity or the Journal.
- Conduct a City Case Study for publication in the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health: Learn more about how to conduct an urban design and mental health city case study.
- Graphic designers: If you would like to design the cover of the next Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, unfortunately we cannot currently pay anything but if it happens to fit with a course project or something that means the opportunity offers sufficient value to you, please get in touch, with some samples of your work.
- Internships: We offer unpaid internship opportunities for students who are studying topics related to urban design and mental health. These opportunities are virtual, so can be done from anywhere in the world alongside your other commitments. An internship can be from 4-20 hours/week, and interns should commit for at least one academic term. Please email your CV and a cover letter to apply, indicating your experience, why you are interested, your availability, and what you hope to gain from the internship. Please indicate any specific skills or knowledge areas you would like to develop, for example communications, research, fundraising, transport and mental health, etc.
- Research Associates: We offer unpaid Research Associate opportunities for Masters students which are virtual and can be done from anywhere in the world alongside your other commitments. If you are planning a Masters project on a topic focusing on urban design and mental health, you may apply to be a Research Associate, writing about your research and ideas throughout the year for Sanity and Urbanity, and getting involved in UD/MH research as relevant alongside your coursework.
- Grand Challenges Research Associate: Again this is an unpaid, virtual position. UD/MH would like to meet someone interested in designing and/or coordinating a rigorous, adapted Delphi process of identifying key gaps in the research around urban design and mental health, and prioritizing research opportunities, to involve global experts in helping focus research on where it would be most impactful. We envision this as a much smaller project but following a similar sort of process to Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health. We unfortunately do not have funding for this currently, but would like to collaborate with a talented researcher/s with a view to this becoming an academic thesis project, culminating in publishing a paper and a UD/MH report that will have key impact across the world. If this is of potential interest, please email us.
Please contact us to discuss potential funding opportunities. UD/MH is currently an unfunded academic initiative. We require funding for research activities, publishing the Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health, sponsoring interdisciplinary dialogues, sponsoring people to attend conferences, and more. Can you help? Would your company like to sponsor something to support the work of UD/MH? Can your Foundation contribute? Please email Layla McCay, UD/MH Director to discuss.
All: if you have an opportunity or good idea for something we could be doing, or that you'd like to do with us, let us know.
Note: we currently have no paid positions available