Professor Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, University of Aalborg, is one of the leading researchers in the world in food science, public health, nutrition and urban space. Egberg Mikkelsen has contributed to the development of the so-called food-scape comprehension framework that is particularly useful for the development and evaluation of structural interventions in the community and its institutions, including schools, kindergartens, workplaces and hospitals. He has a particular focus on participatory development of interventions and to measure the effects of interventions and strategies. He holds and has held a number of expert functions of several national and international organizations on issues of public health nutrition and environments including WHO, EU and Council of Europe.
Professor Jens Troelsen is head of the research unit Active Living and team leader at the Centre for Intervention Research - research in health promotion and disease prevention, University of Copenhagen. Jens Troelsen is researching the relationships between the built environment and health with a particular focus on active transport and even organized physical activity. In recent years there has been a focus on intervention research, and Jens Troelsen’s role in the network will be to assess the effectiveness of interventions aimed at various subgroups.
Dr. Anna-Katriina Salmikangas, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, is the senior researcher in the field of social sciences of sport (sport sociology, planning and sport management) in the faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has a long experience from researching and teaching participative planning in the university and in continuing training. Salmikangas has implemented several participative research and developmental projects with her students in Jyväskylä area and in Kainuu region to promote physical activity of the inhabitants since 1989. Anna-Katriina Salmikangas will provide specialist knowledge of participative planning methods and civic activities in sport.
Adjunct Professor Elena Dorato is an architect, PhD in urban planning and design. She works at the CITER Research Lab of the Architecture Department, University of Ferrara (Italy), where she also teaches the course of "Urban, Environmental and Territorial Restoration and Regeneration". Dorato's investigations have been focusing on the relations between urbanism and public health especially through the practice of physical activity within the urban context, giving particular emphatis to the preventive role of the planning and design disciplines, and to the perspective of frailer groups of population. She is a member of several Italian and international research groups, and has coordinated a number of works and projects for public and private authorities on the "Active City" topic. She could contribute to the Network in both theoretical and an urban designer practical ways, as a resecher and an urban designer.
Associate Professor Astrid Pernille Jespersen from Copenhagen Center for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe), University of Copenhagen, works with everyday life and health and research, inter alia, obesity and aging. Her cultural analytical approach helps with thorough insight into how people behave in public and private spaces, and how historical, cultural and structural conditions affecting everyday life in different ways. This is of the utmost importance in relation to understand different opinions and practices that constitutes the good life. Astrid Jespersen can as ethnologist e.g. provide knowledge on qualitative research methods and user-driven innovation to the network.
Associate Professor Karin Book is doctor of cultural geography and associate professor of sports science Malmö University, Sweden. Book works with research, studies and teaching primarily related to recreation and sports in physical planning, facility development, trends and strategies for sport and recreation, urban development, etc. Karin Book is the program responsible for the master's program at Malmö University and to the network she will provide input and knowledge of the spatial aspects of sport and physical activity as well as the physical activity trends in general.
Assistant Professor Antonio Borgogni's research at University of Cassino, Italy, sees the relationship between the body and the city through the theories of the body as a picture of the quality of urban life. Currently Borgogni is scientific coordinator of the EU project "IMPALA.net" on strengthening active lifestyle through infrastructure improvements. The project is funded by Erasmus + Sport Program. Borgogni has been head of research and action-oriented research in more participatory urban planning interventions within Local Agenda 21, both nationally and regionally. As social and sports scientist Antonio Borgogni will provide specialist knowledge on social issues and physical activity.
Associate Professor René Kural is director of Activity- and health-enhancing Physical Environments Network (APEN) and former head of research unit Centre for Sports and Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation. Here he had a focus on children, adolescents, adults and seniors conditions for having an active lifestyle through changes in the built environment with the perspective to achieve evidence-based knowledge about how the physical space combined with organizational initiatives can promote physical activity. Rene's role in the Active Cities Network is to provide knowledge about activity promoting architecture, space, landscape and urban design.