MyGävle is an app used by researchers to measure how the landscape of Gävle affects your health and wellbeing. This will help us understanding where and how the city of Gävle offers its best for the health and wellbeing of people.

The first time that you use MyGävle you will be asked to create an account using some personal information: e.g. age, gender, home address, personnummer, level of education, etc. You will also be asked to allow us to have access to the geographical location and your activity settings of your smartphone. This is to understand which places in Gävle you visit.

Afterwards, there will be two questionnaires that you are asked to reply to. One questionnaire is about your everyday experiences in Gävle. This short survey asks you to locate ‘good’ or ‘bad’ experiences in Gävle based on where you have been. This questionnaire is how we collect information about your personal experience of Gävle and should be answered at least once every two weeks. Additionally, at the beginning of every season in in 2021 and 2022 you will be asked to answer a baseline survey that aims to evaluate your perceived health and wellbeing and your level of connection with the community.

MyGävle is part of a bigger project called BIG (Better life quality with Integrative GIS).

(BIG) Better life quality with Integrative GIS

BIG aims to create knowledge for urban solutions that simultaneously promote individual, social, and ecological health. We are interested in synergies and win-win situations that the urban landscape can create between individual, social, and ecological health. We are researching how urban solutions can be healthy, livable, and sustainable. This is what can be called regenerative urban solutions.

The BIG project is a collaboration between Future Position X (FPX) and the University of Gävle (HIG). The project runs over three years and it will contribute with innovative and practical tools for sustainable urban development. There are three methods to collect data in the BIG project:

1. Digital maps

This is a collection of digital maps of the physical environment of Gävle. Together with the department of Geospatial Sciences, the BIG project will produce, combine, and cross-analyze a multitude of GIS maps about the landscape of Gävle. This will include maps about the urban infrastructure (e.g., walkability, cyclability, and access to primary health care) as well as maps about the green infrastructure (map of trees, levels of biodiversity, ecological connectivity).

2. MyGävle

People living in Gävle will be able to use the app MyGävle. Using the GPS sensor of the smartphone, MyGävle will collect data on where and when participants interact with the city of Gävle. At the same time, MyGävle provides participants with possibility to highlight positive and negative experiences that shape their everyday life. At the beginning of every season, the impact of such experiences will be analyzed regarding to people’s perception of health and wellbeing, life satisfaction, social cohesion, and connection with nature.

3. Garmin Vivosmart 4

Garmin Vivosmart 4 will allow researchers to collect biometric data about participants (e.g., calories burnt, heart rate variability). In combination with MyGävle, the BIG project will be able to understand how a specific location in time with its geography and climate has influenced people’s personal or social health. Over time, this is crucial information to ensure that the living landscape of Gävle is safe and healthy for its population.

The project is co-funded by FPX, HIG, and Vinnova.

The team

Matteo Giusti, PhD., Researcher in Sustainability Science, is Principal Investigator and project manager of BIG and MyGävle. He has previous experience of designing and running PPGIS studies and he is an expert in sustainable human-nature relationships and regenerative dynamics. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Nancy Joy Lim, PhD in Geospatial Information Science at HIG. She has technical competence in modelling, GIS analysis, and geovisualisation. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Karl Samuelsson, Ph.Lic, is specialised in using GIS, PPGIS and spatial statistical models to explore relationships between the urban physical and social environment and people’s experiences and well-being. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Stephan Barthel, Assistant Professor at HIG, acts as a mentor for the project group. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Anders Brandt, Associate professor in geospatial information science with expertise in physical geography, GIS and spatial multicriteria decision. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Andrew Mercer, PhD in Physical Geography, with technical GIS expertise and expertise in BIG DATA science. (Högskolan i Gävle)

Per Andersson


Malin Hefvelin (Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics) is a free-lance journalist and copywriter contributing with content to Future Position X.

Julia Engström (Bachelor of Media an communication) is a communicator at Future Position X.

Andreas Franzén (Senior developer) is a developer at Future Position X