Sylvia J.T. Jansen

Sylvia J.T. Jansen
Delft University of Technology | TU · Department of Architecture and the Built Environment

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses in particular on housing preference and housing satisfaction. In addition, I am interested in other psychological aspects related to housing, such as the attachment to the home or living environment (place attachment), living quality, underlying values ​​that play a role (such as the need for freedom or privacy) and residential well-being.
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August 2004 - present
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2004 - present
Delft University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • I teach “Performing empirical research” in the bachelor of Architecture, “Mixed research methods 1” in the master of Management in the Built Environment and "Discovering statistics using SPSS" for the Graduate School (PhD-students)
January 1996 - August 2004
Leiden University Medical Centre
Position
  • Researcher

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Publications (69)
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Research courses are part of many higher education curricula. However, students’ attitudes towards statistics and research courses tend to be negative. One way to measure students’ attitude is with the Revised-Attitudes Towards Research scale (R-ATR). The current study examined: (1) the internal reliability of the R-ATR, (2) the attitude of Dutch s...
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In recent years, Chinese housing policies have been shifting from encouraging homeownership toward developing the private rented sector, especially in the superstar cities. Nevertheless, what are the target groups and characteristics of private rental housing in Chinese superstar cities, and whether the private rental housing is capable of meeting...
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Open data policies are increasingly being adopted by governments. However, civil servants find it challenging to comply with open data policies. Gaming can help civil servants to practise opening data and can change their behaviour to support the opening of more data. In this article, the effect of playing a game is evaluated in an experiment in wh...
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There are two ongoing trends that lead to changing preferences for the built environment. One concerns a demographic transition into more but smaller, and older, households. The other concerns greater possibilities to satisfy residential preferences due to rising incomes and technological advances. The current study explores the preference for the...
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In the Netherlands, the extraction of natural gas from the ground has led to soil subsidence and the occurrence of earthquakes. These earthquakes cause physical damage to buildings and give rise to psychological distress. Research on the impact of natural hazards, such as earthquakes, has shown that there is a complicated relationship between place...
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In recent years, China has witnessed fierce competition for talents among cities. There is evidence that China's first-tier cities are losing their appeal for young talents due to the soaring housing prices and high living costs in first-tier cities, as well as the catch-up of next-tier cities. Therefore, uncovering what factors drive young talents...
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After being neglected since the establishment of the housing market in the 1990s, China has recently shown great enthusiasm for developing the housing rental market. It is essential to understand why people choose private renting as it enables us to better identify the demands of tenants and develop policies accordingly to promote private renting....
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In this article we evaluate the manner in which we at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Delft University of Technology encourage the development of the capacity of reflection among our undergraduate students. First we explore the concept of reflection in relation to respectively experiential/reflective learning, reflectio...
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About 20 Million (73%)people in Nepal still do not have access to safely managed drinking water service and 22 million (79%)do not treat their drinking water before consumption. Few studies have addressed the combination of socio-economic characteristics and psychosocial factors that explain such behaviour in a probabilistic manner. In this paper w...
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Ageing of the population in European cities creates fundamental challenges with regard to employment, pensions, health care and other age-related services. Many older people want to live independent lives as long as possible. This aspiration is currently strongly supported by many local governments. A precondition for ‘ageing in place’ is that olde...
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De gasboringen in Groningen hebben de laatste 20 jaar geleid tot een toename in zowel het aantal als in de sterkte van aardbevingen in dit gebied. Deze bevingen leiden tot schade aan woningen en gebouwen zoals scholen, zorginstellingen en historisch erfgoed. Bewoners in het gebied kunnen gecompenseerd worden voor schade aan hun woning. Daarnaast ku...
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The extraction of natural gas in the north of The Netherlands has led to soil subsidence and the occurrence of earthquakes. Residents worry about the safety of their families and the saleability of their dwelling and might want to move. The goal is to examine whether the earthquakes are related to the intention to move. A survey among residents in...
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Evaluation of various house price models for explaining house price depreciation in the earthquake region in Groningen, The Netherlands
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Vijftien jaar stedelijke vernieuwing in het Rotterdamse Hoogvliet heeft de woonsituatie van bewoners en de leefbaarheid in deze wijk flink verbeterd. De oorspronkelijke bewoners zijn er in sociaaleconomisch opzicht echter nauwelijks beter op geworden. Tot deze conclusies komen onderzoekers van de TU Delft en de Universiteit van Amsterdam in hun ond...
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Residential satisfaction is an important component of individual well-being. The literature has shown that residential satisfaction is influenced by personal characteristics and aspects of the dwelling (environment). However, even more important may be the level of agreement between what one has and what one wants. The current study examines the oc...
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Structural failures occur worldwide. Various investigations have concluded that the primary causes of failure were design and construction errors within the building process. However, the exact factors that played a significant role were not clear. Therefore, the primary focus of this study is to improve structural safety by determining the influen...
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From forensic investigation it is known that many structural failures can be attributed to human errors and organizational factors. To provide project leaders with information on the current state of factors in the building process influencing structural safety, we developed a quick assessment tool. Logistic regression was used, based on data of in...
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Download from: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/H5gNa7HfJGB8Spd3qJiT/full Various demographic, socio-economic and socio-cultural shifts have taken place in recent decades. These trends result in a change in the volume and quality of the housing demand as well as in the choice of location. Consequently, the traditional method, which implies askin...
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This study focuses on residents' perceptions of residential quality concerning 23 different dwelling aspects. Respondents were asked to indicate their appreciation of these dwelling aspects on a scale ranging from 0 ("extremely unattractive") to 100 ("extremely attractive"). The influence of two potential factors on the appreciation of dwelling asp...
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The current study focuses on residents’ perceptions of residential quality. The influence of two psychological factors is examined: cognitive restructuring and future perspectives. For cognitive restructuring, it is hypothesized that residents who cannot change a suboptimal housing situation show higher appreciation scores in order to prevent unhap...
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Housing preference has been studied from different theoretical perspectives and with a great variety of methodological approaches. In this article a number of currently popular methods for measuring housing preferences are described. These methods have certain aspects in common, but they also differ with respect to a number of facets. Both these co...
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High end-user satisfaction levels are key for the acceptance of nearly zero-energy housing. Post-occupancy evaluation research on highly energy-efficient dwellings can lead to recommendations which will influence their performance in the expected future large volume market of such houses. This study analysed mainly German, Austrian and Swiss post-o...
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The demographic, socio-economic and socio-cultural shifts that have taken place in Western economies in recent decades have generated a broader variety in housing behavior. For this reason, some researchers argue that socio-demographic characteristics alone no longer suffice to predict the housing demand. They should be supplemented with ‘lifestyle...
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High end-user satisfaction levels are key for the acceptance of nearly zero-energy housing. Post-occupancy evaluation research on highly energy-efficient dwellings can lead to recommendations which will influence their performance in the expected future large volume market of such houses. This study analysed mainly German, Austrian and Swiss post-o...
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The presented research aims to evaluate highly energy-efficient dwellings, in particular Passive Houses (PH), in Flanders and in The Netherlands, based on end-user experiences. In the introduction the definition of PH in the Benelux countries Belgium and The Netherlands is compared with the Nordic countries and certification and comfort issues are...
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There is an increasing trend to consider dwellings as a consumption good, for which consumers’ preferences have to be elicited in order to determine what has to be (re)built. For this reason, we developed a specialized instrument to measure consumers’ preferences with regard to housing. An important topic in the discussion was whether or not this i...
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There is an increasing trend to consider dwellings as a consumption good for which consumers' preferences have to be elicited in order to determine what has to be (re)built. For this reason, we developed a specialized instrument to measure consumers' preferences regarding housing. An important topic in the discussion was whether this instrument sho...
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Introduction: People’s preferences for residential environments have long been predicted on the basis of sociodemographic characteristics alone. Recently, however, some researchers argue that these variables no longer suffice to explain and predict preferences and that they should be supplemented with lifestyle variables. The current study explores...
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Over the last decades the development and use of lifestyle typologies in housing research has grown tremendously. However, lifestyle is a complicated construct with many problems attached to it. For example, there is no consensus in the research field about what is meant by lifestyle (definitional consensus), nor what the factors are through which...
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In the “Introduction” chapter of this book nine methods that are currently applied in the research field of housing preference were introduced. These methods were compared on three dimensions that concerned the origin of the data (1: stated or revealed) and the design of the measurement instrument (2: freedom of attribute choice and 3: attribute-ba...
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In this chapter we concentrate on the “residential images” method, which is often used in applied research and marketing. Residential images include information in pictures, facts, and figures. The main ingredients include: a frontal view of the house in its direct surroundings, simplified floor plan, number of rooms and square meters, price or ren...
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In this chapter the methodology and techniques behind Multi-Attribute Utility Theory are introduced. The basic assumption underlying this theory is that a decision-maker chooses the alternative (for example, a particular dwelling) that yields the greatest multi-attribute utility from a number of possible alternatives. An alternative is seen as a bu...
Book
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A key factor in research is the method. It is the link between the theory, goal, and problem definition of research on the one hand and the results on the other hand. Hence, a mutual understanding of the basics of various methods and techniques is a necessary condition to support research. Therefore, this book aims to provide the ins and outs of ni...
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Despite widespread acknowledgement of the need for more sustainable urban water management and the availability of reliable technologies, implementation of new technologies remains limited to small-scale demonstration projects. The receptivity of professionals to innovations seems a determining factor for application of new technologies. An online...
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What are the current trends in housing? Is my planned project commercially viable? What should be my marketing and advertisement strategies? These are just some of the questions real estate agents, landlords and developers ask researchers to answer. But to find the answers, researchers are faced with a wide variety of methods that measure housing p...
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In most western European countries urban regeneration policies are an important topic. Post-war neighborhoods no longer satisfy the housing needs of the residents and there are problems. Many policy-makers agree that urban regeneration should not only improve the physical quality of the neighborhood but also the (social) well-being of their residen...
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Purpose - Knowing which services are essential to tenants gives the housing associations the background to set priorities in maintenance policy and purchasing. The purpose of this paper is to explore residents' perceived importance of various maintenance services. Design/methodology/approach - The research question is explored through a large-scale...
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In the Netherlands, a large ongoing study seeks to provide insight into the process behind preferences and choices with regard to moving and housing. As part of the development of the survey instrument that was used in this study, we examined whether visual images (such as photographs) should be included, since they may clarify particular attribute...
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Worldwide, the need for transformative change in urban water management is acknowledged by scientists and policy makers. The effects of climate change and developments such as urbanization, the European Water Framework Directive, and societal concerns about the sustainability of urban water system force the sector to adapt. In The Netherlands, a sh...
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Most studies on firm relocation focus on firms that did relocate. The reasons why they moved and why they settled somewhere else, are always seen as the location factors. The assumption behind this is that firms which did relocate assessed their former location unfavourable compared to their production requirements, while firms that did not relocat...
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Research has shown that patients' preferences for adjuvant chemotherapy do not change as a result of experience. However, the preferences of experienced patients are usually more favourable than those of inexperienced patients. These results indicate a shift in preferences after the decision to proceed with adjuvant chemotherapy has been made, but...
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The tradeoff between risk and return in equity markets is well established. This paper examines the existence of the same tradeoff in the single-family housing market. For home buyers, who constitute about two-thirds of U.S. households, the choice about how much housing and which house to buy is a joint consumption/investment decision. Does this co...
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Decisions regarding adjuvant chemotherapy are difficult, since value tradeoffs are involved. Little is known about the importance of the significant others in patients' decision-making regarding adjuvant treatment. We surveyed patients with breast and colorectal cancer about the importance they assigned to the opinions of their significant others a...
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Patients' perceptions of having had freedom of choice in treatment decision-making are shown to have implications for their quality of life. It is, therefore, important to determine what factors underlie these perceptions. One factor that has been studied is whether or not patients believed that their doctor had offered choice of treatment. However...
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Previous studies have shown that patients who have experienced adjuvant chemotherapy (experienced patients) have a more favorable attitude towards chemotherapy than those who have not (inexperienced patients). However, not much is known about the reasons underlying this difference. According to the Theory of Planned Behavior, the attitude towards a...
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This paper introduces anchor levels as a new tool for multiattribute utility theory. Anchor levels are attribute levels whose values are not affected by other attributes. They allow for new interpretations and generalizations of known representations and utility measurement techniques. Generalizations of earlier techniques can be obtained because c...
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Many studies have determined cancer patients' preferences for adjuvant therapy, for example, by asking patients the extent of benefit they would need in order to accept the therapy. However, little is known about the determinants that influence these preferences. Our research goal was to explore which determinants underlie patients' preferences by...
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Previous research has shown that involving patients in the decision-making process may improve their quality of life (QoL). Our purposes were to assess: (1) whether early-stage breast cancer patients perceived that they had treatment choice with regard to adjuvant chemotherapy, (2) what reasons patients provide for their perception of having had no...
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Studies have shown that utilities for a particular treatment, elicited by means of a hypothetical treatment scenario, may remain stable within the same patients when examined before, during, and after experiencing that treatment (within-group stability). However, other studies have found that utilities for a particular health state may differ betwe...
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Background. Studies have shown that utilities for a particular treatment, elicited by means of a hypothetical treatment scenario, may remain stable within the same patients when examined before, during, and after experiencing that treatment (within-group stability). However, other studies have found that utilities for a particular health state may...
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When making decisions about adjuvant chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer, costs and benefits of treatment should be carefully weighed. In this process, patients' preferences are of major importance. The objectives of the present study were: (1) to determine the minimum benefits that patients need to find chemotherapy acceptable, and (2) to e...
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To assess the feasibility, reliability, and validity of the time trade off (TTO) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The TTO was applied in 194 patients with RA with increasing difficulty in performing activities of daily living. The test-retest reliability was determined in 35 of these patients and was calculated by the intraclass correlat...
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In medicine, response shift refers to a change--as a result of an event such as a therapy--in the meaning of one's self-evaluation of quality of life. Due to response shift, estimates of side effects of radiotherapy may be attenuated if patients adapt to treatment toxicities. The purpose of our study was to assess to what extent two components of r...
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In the assessment of health-related quality of life, nonpreference-based methods usually show only moderate correlations with utility-based measures. One cause may be that patients assign different weights to the various domains of health-related quality of life, for which nonpreference-based methods usually do not allow. Utilities reflect a weight...
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Many studies suggest that impaired health states are valued more positively when experienced than when hypothetical. This study investigated to what extent this discrepancy occurs and examined four possible explanations: non-corresponding description of the hypothetical health state, new understanding due to experience with the health state, valuat...
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Temporary health states cannot be measured in the traditional way by means of techniques such as the time tradeoff (TTO) and the standard gamble (SG), where health states are chronic and are followed by death. Chained methods have been developed to solve this problem. This study assesses the feasibility of a chained TTO and a chained SG, and the co...
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This paper presents the results of a study comparing two instruments for the assessment of personality disorders according to the DSM-III-R and the ICD-10 classification systems: the International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE), a semi-structured clinical interview, and the “Questionnaire on Personality Traits” (VKP), a self-report questio...
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This paper introduces a new method for measuring attribute utilities in multiattribute utility theory. The novelty of our method lies in the use of anchor levels, i.e. levels of attributes the value of which is not affected by other attributes. It is shown that, no matter how complex the interactions between attributes are, we can meaningfully defi...

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