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

LC News 9th December 2014

The latest, and last edition of 2014, 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...

Focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Three mobilities and wellbeing focus groups in Morecambe and Lancaster during the week of 1 December 2014.

Led by Dr. Katerina Psarikidou and assisted by Dr. Claire Coulton and Dr. Chris Boyko, 3 focus groups took place last week, with two in Heysham/Morecambe and one in Lancaster. Like the focus groups...

LC News 23rd November 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...

Food Security Challenges: Influences of an Energy/Water/Food Nexus

Open access paper in the Proceedings of the 4th World Sustainability Forum, by Valeria De Laurentiis, Dexter V. L. Hunt and Christopher D.F. Rogers.

The food/water/energy nexus is the study of the interactions and connections between these three resources, the synergies and tradeoffs that arise from the way they are...

Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures

Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures

Open access paper in the Proceedings of the 4th World Sustainability Forum, by Marianna Cavada, Chris D.F. Rogers and Dexter V.L. Hunt.

Cities are contemporary metropolises that concentrate human and social activity; engineered to support and develop the physical environment and the people within it, Smart cities, we are led to...

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

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

Open access paper in the Proceedings of the International Symposia for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) 2013 Conference, by Joanne M. Leach, Susan E. Lee, Peter A. Braithwaite, Christopher J. Bouch, Nick Grayson and Christoper D.F. Rogers.

Infrastructure forms the framework within which modern societies operate both at the physical and social...

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

New paper published in Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning, by Joanne M. Leach, Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel F.D. Cooper, Anna Woodeson, Jim Eyre and Christopher D.F. Rogers.

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of...

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...

Past Events

NOV
28
2014

6th Bi-annual Summit

Date and timings: 28th November 2014 10.00am registration, 10.30am event start, 3.15pm event close Venue: The Royal Society 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG https://royalsociety.org/visit-us/london/ Preparatory documents (available upon request to Joanne...

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...