Interview with Houssam Elokda: Urban planning and its relationship to wellbeing

Houssam Elokda


In this volume of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, we explore the views, hopes, and current research agendas of those working to advance knowledge in the field of positive psychology within the MENA region, or with those who research and practise across various domains that are relevant to it, whether it is in education, culture, urban planning or policy design. We uncover their thoughts on the current status of knowledge as well as what opportunities and pitfalls exist. Here, we discuss with Egyptian Houssam Elokda, MidEast lead with the Happy City organization, which strives to inspire builders, urban planners, and community stakeholders to build and organize for greater wellbeing.


wellbeing; urban planning; design; cities; happiness; urban health; research; Egypt; Saudi Arabia

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