Transforming the
Engineering of
Cities for Global
and Societal
Wellbeing

Research Themes

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.

 

 

 

 

Research Updates

Liveable Cities presents at USAR 2017

We were excited to present the Liveable Cities Method at the 3rd International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience (USAR 2017).

This conference took place on the 13th and 14th of June 2017 in Bloomsbury, London and was hosted by UCL. Our conference paper was well received and has given rise to...

Most frequently downloaded paper: Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Most frequently downloaded paper: Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

We are thrilled that our paper is currently the most frequently downloaded paper from the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning!

If you missed it the first time around, it is free to download and read at the following website address. http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/abs/10.1680/udap.13.00034

Advancing City Sustainability via Its Systems of Flows: The Urban Metabolism of Birmingham and Its Hinterland.

Cities are dependent on their hinterlands for their function and survival. They provide resources such as people, materials, water, food and energy as well as areas for waste disposal. Over the last 50 years, commerce and trade has become increasingly global with resources sourced from further afield often due to...

A Comparison of Energy Systems in Birmingham, UK, and Masdar City, an embryonic city in Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Energy is a vital resource in modern life. With increasingly limited availability of traditional energy resources, e.g., oil, coal and nuclear, together with environmental concerns, there is raised awareness that energy needs to be both used more efficiently and generated in line with thinking on sustainability. Ready access to ‘clean’...

More 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...

Future Urban Living Policy Commission

Future Urban Living Policy Commission

Are cities still as relevant in a very rapidly changing world where new paradigms for trade, communication, manufacturing, food production and consumption, and work are changing our understanding of our urban environments? Is the growing concentration of the world’s population a potential enabler, or inhibitor, of dealing with the world’s problems? Download...

Measuring urban sustainability and liveability performance: the City Analysis Methodology

This paper is free to download from http://www.inderscience.com/dev/search/index.php?mainAction=search&actio... ...

The Little Book of Sharing in the City

The Little Book of Sharing in the City

This little book tells you about research that we did as part of the Liveable Cities project, looking at sharing in cities. Through a series of conversations with researchers and workshops with citizens of Lancaster and Birmingham in 2015, we conclude that: ...

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Lancaster team went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The Council is beginning the long process of developing a 25-year natural capital plan for the city, and wanted to involve...

September 2016 LC Newsletter

LC News offers a collection of articles, reports, books, events and information that help us to realise liveable cities.

If you have anything relevant of interest that you would like to see included in the newsletter, please forward it to Joanne Leach (j.leach@bham.ac.uk) and Audrey Nganwa (a.nganwa@bham.ac.uk). Please email Audrey if you would like...

Past Events

THIS SKYPE SESSION HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED   Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 12: “Re-shaping Finance for Infrastructure...

Room G31, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (Y3 on Edgbaston Campus map), University of Birmigham

The University of Birmingham's Department of Civil Engineering is delighted to...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 15: “Governance and the city: a new paradigm and modes...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 14: “Re-thinking and reclaiming 'Citizens' for Future Cities” hosted by...

Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions continues. To register your interest in this session, see details below.   Session 13: “Mobility as a Service – could this transform...