The FragMent Project

A study on stress in your daily life

Stress is ubiquitous in our daily lives. Did you know that it is a risk factor for 90% of diseases? Whether it is your neighborhood of residence or the places you visit regularly, your daily environments contribute to fueling stress or, on the contrary, to producing a restorative effect.

What is Stress?

Stress is an emotional, behavioral, and physical response to a situation experienced as overwhelming. If this state of stress is prolonged too long or too frequently, it is called chronic stress. 

Chronic stress is a risk factor of numerous diseases of cutaneous origin (e.g., eczema), cardiovascular (e.g., hypertension), cognitive (e.g., memory disorders), psychological (e.g., anxiety disorders), respiratory (e.g., asthma), immune (e.g., infection) and gastrointestinal (e.g., ulcers).

The FragMent project aims to assess how the environments in which we live and travel, as well as our daily activities, contribute to daily and chronic stress. The project also identifies whether certain social groups are more vulnerable to these stressors.

FragMent will help policymakers, local organizations and citizens during the phases of collaborative work and dissemination of results, to equitably reduce exposure to factors determining stress in the public space.

Watch our project presentation!

Why “FragMent”?

Our daily activities are increasingly fragmented in multiple places and at different times of the day. Geography researchers have called this ‘Fragmentation’. We start from this observation to study how, through our daily activities, we spend more or less time in environments (neighborhood of residence, parks, work, places of leisure and socialization, shops, etc. ) that have a direct effect on our Mental health, our stress and our well-being.

Join the FragMent Team!

We are recruiting doctoral students and masters students to contribute toward research on the environment and stress. 

Read our job offers!