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

Future Vision Workshop - Education (summary report download)

Future Vision Workshop - Education (summary report download)

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together experts in education to explore visions for life in the future in cities. Through a combination of hands-on activities and open discussion, this 2-hour workshop enables deep, creating thinking in a short time. This is one of a number of sector specific events to establish...

Future Vision Workshop - IT Sector (summary report download)

Future Vision Workshop - IT Sector (summary report download)

The Future Visioning Workshop brings together leading experts from the IT sector to explore visions for the future in cities. Through a combination of hands-on activities and open discussion, this 2-hour workshop enables deep, creating thinking in a short time. This is one of a number of sector specific events to...

Getting ready for open access data

Getting ready for open access data

It is exciting that there are now avenues for open access publishing of the data Liveable Cities is collecting (e.g., open data depositories and open data journals).

Open access data will allow rich datasets such as the CAM to be mined by other researchers beyond the scope of the Liveable...

Our latest LC Newsletter is now available

LC News is full of interesting articles, reports, books, events and information that help us to realise liveable cities.

If you have anything of interest that you feel should be included in the newsletter, please forward it to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) or Claire Coulton (c.coulton2@lancaster.ac.uk).    Please email Claire if you would...

Sharing is caring, but can it also build resilience?

Sharing is caring, but can it also build resilience?

Dr Christopher Boyko considers whether the urban fabric of cities can encourage us to share more, and in doing so, create a more resilient society…   The blog post may be found here: http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/sharing-is-caring-but-can-it-also-build-resilience/ ...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions

An opportunity to discuss research with Liveable Cities team members via Skype

Each month, a member of the Liveable Cities team will host a 1-hour Skype session on a topic of their choice. The sessions are a more informal way of chatting with team members about their work as well as the larger...

6th Bi-Annual Summit report, presentations, delegate list and programme

We are pleased to make available the report, presentations, delegate list and programme from the 6th bi-annual summit of the Liveable Cities programme. This event was held on the 28th of November 2014.

You can​ download the following documents from this page: Event report Presentation: Introduction Presentation: Phase Two Presentation: Wrap Up Delegate list Programme for the...

Our latest LC Newsletter is now available

LC News 13th April 2015, is full of interesting articles, reports, books, events and information that help us to realise liveable cities.

If you have anything of interest that you feel should be included in the newsletter, please forward it to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) or Claire Coulton (c.coulton2@lancaster.ac.uk).    Please email...

CAM survey development

CAM survey development

Measuring performance at the sub-city/neighbourhood level

The City Analysis Methodology (CAM) metrics are intended to describe city performance with regard to resource security, low-carbon living and wellbeing. Over the course of the research programme, it has became clear that measuring the performance at the sub-city level is particularly useful for city...

£138 million investment for UK infrastructure research

Professor Brian Collins led a team to secure up to £138 million of funding towards the UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC), subject to a satisfactory business case and the provision of substantial co-funding.

The proposed research stems from a need for UK national and local infrastructure (such...

Future Events

Date and timings: 4th June 2015 10.00am registration, 10.30am event start, 3.15pm event close   Birmingham Venue: Birmingham Botanical Gardens (NOT Winterbourne Botanic Garden) Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 3TR http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/visitor-information/how-to-...   Preparatory documents will...

Past Events

Friends Meeting House, Lancaster

Over 30 participants from Lancaster and Birmingham attended our workshop, looking at sharing in the city. We had our diverse group...

Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX

As part of the Liveable Cities project, the Lancaster University team are hosting a workshop on...

NOV
28
2014

6th Bi-annual Summit

The event report, presentations, delegate list and programme are available from this website in the Research Updates section, or upon request to Joanne Leach at...

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...