Marco Helbich

Marco Helbich is an associate professor in urban geography and geographic information science at Utrecht University. His research is centered on human-environment associations in cities using geocomputational techniques. Through his studies, he addresses a wide spectrum of pressing urban challenges such as health, urban growth, transportation, etc. He is project leader of the NEEDS project on Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposures on Depression and Suicide funded by the European Research Council. Marco is associate editor of the Journal of Transport and Land Use.


Time to address the spatiotemporal uncertainties in COVID-19 research: Concerns and challenges

M. Helbich, M.H.E. Mute Browning, M-P. Kwan
Sci Total Environ. 2020 Oct 9;142866. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142866. Online ahead of print.

Longitudinal changes in transport-related and recreational walking: The role of life events

Gao, J, Kamphuis, C, Ettema, D, Helbich, M
The Professional Geographer Volume 71, 2019 - Issue 3

Using Deep Learning to Examine Street View Green and Blue Spaces and Their Associations With Geriatric Depression in Beijing, China

Helbich M, Yao Y, Liu Y, Zhang J, Liu P, Wang R.
Environ Int . 2019 May;126:107-117. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.02.013. Epub 2019 Feb 20.

Wearables and Location Tracking Technologies for Mental-State Sensing in Outdoor Environments

Birenboim, A, Dijst, M, Scheepers, F, Poelman, M, Helbich, M.
The Professional Geographer Volume 71, 2019 - Issue 3

More Green Space Is Related to Less Antidepressant Prescription Rates in the Netherlands: A Bayesian Geoadditive Quantile Regression Approach

Helbich, M, Klein, N, Roberts, H, Hagedoorn, P & Groenewegen, P
Environ Res . 2018 Oct;166:290-297. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.06.010. Epub 2018 Jun 21.

Natural environments and suicide mortality in the Netherlands: a cross-sectional, ecological study

Helbich, M., de Beurs, D, Kwan, M, O’Connor, R & Groenewegen, P.
Lancet Planet Health. 2018 Mar; 2(3): e134–e139. Published online 2018 Mar. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30033-0

Toward Dynamic Urban Environmental Exposure Assessments in Mental Health Research

Helbich, M.,
Environ Res . 2018 Feb;161:129-135. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.11.006. Epub 2017 Nov 12.

Marco Helbich

Contact information

Utrecht University
Human Geography and Planning
Social Urban Transitions

Vening Meineszgebouw A
Princetonlaan 8a
Room 6.16
3584 CB Utrecht

Areas of Expertise


Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

Our ultimate goal is that people live healthily for longer

We know far less about the exposome than we do about the human genome. So far, we only understand about half of the disease burden for which we know the environment plays a role. If we want to prevent people from becoming ill, then we need to understand the other half too. We therefore want to systematically analyse the exposome for the first time. We will start with research into the causes of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The techniques and insights from this research will also be applicable to other chronic conditions.

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