Transforming the
Engineering of
Cities for Global
and Societal
Wellbeing

Research Themes

Research Team

Joanne Leach Joanne Leach
Researcher and Project Manager University of Birmingham
Chris Rogers Chris Rogers
Principal Investigator University of Birmingham
Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper
Co-investigator Lancaster University
AbuBakr	 Bahaj AbuBakr Bahaj
Co-investigator University of Southampton
Nick Tyler Nick Tyler
Co-investigator UCL
Brian Collins Brian Collins
Co-investigator UCL

Our ambition

To create an holistic, integrated, truly multi-disciplinary city analysis methodology, which uniquely integrates wellbeing indicators, is founded on an evidence base of trials of radical interventions in cities, and delivers the realistic and radical engineering solutions necessary to achieve our vision

Our vision

To transform the engineering of cities to deliver global and societal wellbeing within the context of low carbon living and resource security through developing realistic and radical engineering that demonstrates the concept of an alternative future.

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Research Updates

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications For Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

What Makes a City Liveable? Implications For Next-Generation Infrastructure Services

Conference Proceedings available at: http://smart.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@smart/documents/doc/uow159018.pdf

Infrastructure forms the framework within which modern societies operate both at the physical and social level. It includes (amongst others) digital, green and social infrastructures, emergency services and food networks, water, energy, waste and transport. Infrastructure, by its very nature, locks in behaviours. The Liveable Cities...

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

New paper available on early release at: http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/article/10.1680/udap.13.00034

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of which potentially compromise creativity and innovation in urban design. Approaches that measure performance are accused of belying the nature of places as...

LC News 22nd October 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne...

LC News 25th September 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne...

Professor Brian Collins Elected to Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy’s Fellowship Elected 10 Members to its Newly Formed Trustee Board

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 September 2014, the Royal Academy of Engineering announced the members of its new Trustee Board. The Trustee Board of 13 Fellows was formed as part of the implementation of a...

LC News 11th September 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

Welcome back to LC News! After a long summer holiday, some illness and a hectic week doing built environment audits in the Nechells area of Birmingham, the latest edition of LC News is ready. If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items...

Birmingham case study research on wellbeing finished!

Birmingham case study research on wellbeing finished!

Liveable Cities researchers finish collecting data on condition of built environment features in neighbourhoods using app

Last week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton completed their audit of the built environment within the last of four Birmingham neighbourhoods as part of the Wellbeing Research Challenge on the Liveable Cities project.

LC News: 27th July 2014

The latest Liveable Cities News is now available

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne or Claire...

LC News: 4th July 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available.

If you have any news, articles, events, papers or items of interest that you wish to see included in future issues, please forward them to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) for consideration.   You can also join the LC News mailing list by contacting Joanne...

LC News: 19th June 2014

The latest edition of LC News is now available

Many apologies to all for the long delay in producing this latest edition of LC News.  The LC Team has been very busy in the last weeks with the 5th Bi-Annual Summit held in London and also several Future Visioning Workshops.   If...

Future Events

NOV
28
2014

6th Bi-annual Summit

The 6th Liveable Cities bi-annual summit will be held on the 28th of November 2014 at the Royal Society, London.  Further information will be made avaialable...

Past Events

ImaginationLancaster

For those of you based in and/or interested in the North of England, on the 16th October the Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab are...

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

The University of Birmingham is currently running a Policy Commission on Future Urban Living, chaired by the Lord Shipley OBE, Government...

Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The 5th Liveable Cities bi-annual summit was held on the 28th of May...

Aspire & Succeed, Lozells, Birmingham

On 19 February 2014, we were in the inner-city ward of Lozells & East Handsworth in Birmingham, holding the third...

The workshop will take place at the Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London and will begin at 9am with refreshments and breakfast available at...