Research Activities

Here you will find general description about my research. Most of my research relates to building design for social and health development.


Architectural Inventions for Dwelling, Ageing and Healthcaring - AIDAH

at Architecture & Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology

The AIDAH research and innovation environment intends to unfold intra-, inter- and transdisciplinary research supporting implementation projects for a sustainable built environment that confront three major societal challenges:(1) Increasing diversified articulated demands on the housing market call for alterability and adaptability in solutions for new resilient ways of residing. (2) An ageing society requires new residential ways of living that combine dignity and appropriate care enabling individuals to remain independent in residence as long as possible but that also provide sound working environments for personnel. (3) Profound changes in technical conditions for caring and medical treatment necessitate rethinking traditional healthcare situations and developing new situations ranging from advanced care in residence to intensive care units in hospital and patient hotels.

Sustainability issues at stake in patterns of residential behavior must be considered to have paramount importance in any strategy for a resilient urban future. The involved teams provide different and complementary perspectives focusing on the shared notion of quality of residence considered in architectural, spatial and experiential properties of built environments for housing and healthcare contexts. The applied conceptual and theoretical framework focuses on architectural and caring innovations for reconfigured spatial situations that enhance sustainable caring, improve health, well-being, new welfare and quality of life. Our research effort will particularly focus on identifying and characterizing strategies directed towards the integration of different ways of residing.

The intended scientific integration in conceptual and methodological terms—between architecture humanities research, sociology of residence and caring sciences—is intended to bridge gaps and initiate transgressive academic approaches exploring new modes of knowledge production. Objectives of these approaches include identifying and articulating new resilient qualities in designs, in caring processes and healing environments, thereby providing new operational knowledge developed in close collaboration with diverse actors and stakeholders in society. International research exchange will provide further valid strategic evidence-based design support for decision makers in planning, building and medical services. The interdisciplinary team of researchers from architectural design, social and caring sciences are based at the Centre for Healthcare Architecture, CVA, the recently established Centre for Residential Architecture, CBA and the CIB W069 Commission Residential Studies, all hosted by Chalmers with active team participation also in EU COST Action Intrepid.

Health Promotive Building Design
My role has been to focus on the design of healthcare buildings in relation to ongoing healthcare developments, namely the introduction of health promotion.

Partner organizations

  • Dalarna university (Academic, Sweden)
  • University of Gothenburg (Academic, Sweden)
  • University of Gothenburg (Publisher, Sweden)

Start date 12/11/2013 – End date The project is closed: 31/12/2019

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Furbish Sustainable Healthcare - FSH

at Architecture & Civil Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology

Demographic changes will lead to a globally aging population, a growing number of single households and increasing urbanisation and migration. Population projections suggest there will be 66.1 million people aged 80 years plus in the EU-28 by 2080, and less than two persons of working-age for each elderly person, an enormous threat for healthcare and welfare. Widespread and interconnected challenges make hospitals an important target to focus on for addressing societal health and wellbeing and social equality on the one, and energy conservation and climate mitigation on the other hand. This is particularly important now, as many of the healthcare buildings in most parts of Europe are in urgent need of redesign, which requires further research and cross-collaboration within the healthcare sector, society and other disciplines such as building technology and design.

In 2019, the involved researchers started to work on understanding factors for health and well-being promotion in hospitals by applying the SSO method that has been developed at Chalmers for designing sustainable offices with a focus on good indoor environmental quality (IEQ), well-being and comfort at workplaces. The purpose of the (Re)designing hospitals project is to lay the ground for further research on (i) sustainable development of healthcare environment as well as (ii) the introduction of health promotive organisations.

The collaboration has been established between RWTH Aachen in Germany, one of the best universities in engineering sciences in Europe, and MHH, one of the six leading university hospitals in Germany and the Chalmers spinoff company Furbish with researchers from two different divisions at ACE (see above). As a next step, we do see the need to involve other stakeholders in the Västra Gothenburg Region (VGR) and Gothenburg University, working with healthcare questions as well.

Timeframe 2019-2021

Table of Contents



  • [Journal Paper] Forooraghi, M., Miedema, E., Ryd, N. & Wallbaum, H. (2020) Scoping review of health in office design approaches. Journal of Corporate Real Estate. [accepted for publication]
  • [PhD Thesis] Miedema, E. (2020). Health-promotive building design – Exploring health promotion in healthcare settings from a built environment perspective. In Architecture and Civil Engineering: Vol. PhD. Chalmers Reproservice.
  • [Journal Paper] Marco Adelfio, Iqbal Hamiduddin & Elke Miedema (2020) London’s King’s Cross redevelopment: a compact, resource efficient and ‘liveable’ global city model for an era of climate emergency?, Urban Research & Practice, DOI: 1080/17535069.2019.1710860 [published]


  • [Peer-Reviewed Conference Paper] Miedema, E., Lindahl, G., & Elf, M. (2019). Health promotion and the built environment – views from Swedish care organisations. Paper presented at the Building for better health, research & innovation in architecture & urban design for care & health., Trondheim, Norway.
  • [Conference Paper] Roupé, M., Johansson, M., Miedema, E. et al (2019) Exploring different design spaces – VR as a tool during building design – Enabling digital technologies to sustain construction growth and efficiency, 19: 94-102 [published]


  • [Journal Paper] Miedema, E., Lindahl, G., & Elf, M. (2019). Conceptualizing Health Promotion in Relation to Outpatient Healthcare Building Design: A Scoping Review. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal12(1), 69–86. [published]


  • [Conference Paper] Miedema, E.; Lindahl, G.L.; Elf, M. (2017) Health-promotive ambitions related to the built environment – the case of Angered Närsjukhus. ARCH17 Conference, April 26-28, 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark. [published]
  • [Licentiate Thesis] Miedema, E. (2017) Health Promotion and Healthcare Architecture. (Licentiate), Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.


  • [Conference Poster] Miedema, E.(2015). Engaging stakeholders in Complex Design using Symbiosis in Development method. Design 4 Health Conference, July 13-16, 2015 Sheffield UK. [published]


  • [Master Thesis] E. Miedema (2012). “How can Architecture contribute to the re-socialization process of forensic psychiatric patients?” In the proceedings of the IAPS conference on Humans Experience in the Natural and Built environment: Implications for research, policy, and Practice.