The pilot phase of the Urban Mind project is now completed. 

Thank you to everyone who participated! 

Urban Mind will return with an improved version of the app and a worldwide study in Spring 2018.

In the meantime, please visit our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is running this study?

Urban Mind is a collaboration between King’s College London, J&L Gibbons, Nomad Projects, A&E, Van Alen Institute and Sustainable Society Network+.

Who can participate in this study?

We are looking for volunteers 16 years or older who own a smartphone device - iPhone 5 & 6 (iOS 7.1 & 8.3) or Android 4.4 running on Samsung Galaxy S4.

If I agree to participate, what information do I need to provide?

After installing the app, you will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about your lifestyle and mental wellbeing. This will be followed by seven assessments per day over a period of one week, with each assessment covering your current environment and mental wellbeing. Please be aware that this may feel a little repetitive at times, as the questions tend to repeat from one assessment to the next. 

At the end of each assessment you will have the option of taking a photograph of the ground where you are standing and/or a 15 second audio recording; these photographs and audio files will be used to illustrate the data and for a digital art exhibition related to the study. Throughout the one week study period we will also acquire information about your geographical location via GPS. At the end of the research period, you will be asked to provide feedback on your participation in this project.

If I agree to participate, how much of my time will it take?

The initial questionnaire will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Each of the subsequent assessments will take approximately 1 or 2 minutes to complete.

What if sometimes I am too busy, or simply do not feel like it?

Once you hear a prompt requiring you to answer the questions, you have 30 minutes to do so. If you are unable to answer within this period, you can skip the assessment and answer again at the following prompt.

Is it anonymous?

Yes. We won't know who you are. We don't ask for your name or for any other identifying information, and we do not require your phone number or email address. After the completion of the study all data will be retained at King’s College London indefinitely.

Is it confidential?

Yes. We won't disclose your data to any third party.

What if I agree to participate but then change my mind?

You can withdraw from this research at any time and without giving any reason until 1st July 2016. You can do this by clicking on the “options” button in the app and this will delete all your entries from our server. You can also delete our app from your mobile at any time; however, once you have done this, you will no longer be able to delete your entries from the server. After 1st July 2017, it will no longer be possible to remove your entries from the database.

What If I do not want to take a photograph and/or audio recording?

Taking a photograph and/or audio recording at the time of assessment is completely optional. You can still participate in the study without contributing this content.

What if I submit a photograph and/or audio file but then change my mind?

You will have the option of deleting any photographs and audio files that you have sent to Urban Mind until 1st July 2017.

Who owns the copyright of the photographs and/or audio files that I have submitted?

Each participant will maintain copyright of the photographs and/or audio files. By submitting the files, participants agree to the use of this content on social media and in exhibitions related to this study.