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


  • Houssam Elokda The Happy City


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


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.

Author Biography

Houssam Elokda, The Happy City

Houssam Elokda, Egyptian, is the Middle East project lead for urban experiments, research and master planning. His collaborative urban experiments and urban systems innovation makes use of neuroscience to inform public space design, with this research helping clients use urban design more effectively to maximize urban health and happiness. Houssam also co-founded Transport for Cairo, which pioneered crowd-sourced tools to map the city’s huge transportation network. Houssam received his Master’s degree in City Planning and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where his work won recognition from the Royal Town Planning Institute and Scottish Head of Placemaking and Housing.


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How to Cite

Elokda, H. (2017). Interview with Houssam Elokda: Urban planning and its relationship to wellbeing. Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(1), 42–46. Retrieved from



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