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

£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...

LC News 19th March 2015

The latest fortnightly LC News is now available

Full of interesting articles, reports, events, conferences and calls, LC News is distributed twice monthly.   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).    If you would...

Research Fellow position: urban metabolism and material & energy flows

An exciting opportunity to work on the EPSRC-funded research project Liveable Cities, a multi-disciplinary project combining researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including social science, engineering, environmental science and urban studies.

Reporting directly to the Principal Investigator (Professor Chris Rogers), the research fellow will focus on urban metabolism (i.e. the...

First PhD cohort meeting is a success!

First PhD cohort meeting is a success!

PhD students meet in Lancaster to meet and talk about doing theses within the Liveable Cities programme grant

Liveable Cities PhD students got together at Lancaster University on 11 March 2015 for an afternoon to meet as a cohort for the first time and to discuss issues pertaining to undertaking a...

The latest LC News is now available

Our fortnightly newsletter, full of interesting articles, reports, conferences and events, is now available

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).  If you would like to join the mailing list, please email Claire.

PhD Studentships in Sustainability and Resilience Infrastructures for the Future

The University of Birmingham is offering a number of fully-funded PhD places in urban sustainability, resilience, infrastructures and futures

Cities, ever dynamic and every one unique, are projected to undergo unprecedented change due to a combination of global and local challenges associated with population growth, demographic changes, increasing urbanisation, patterns...

Birmingham Fellowships in Sustainability and Resilience of Future Cities

The University of Birmingham is recruiting for a research fellow in Sustainability and Resilience of Future Cities

Cities, ever dynamic and every one unique, are projected to undergo unprecedented change due to a combination of global and local challenges associated with population growth, demographic changes, increasing urbanisation, patterns of migration, differential...

The latest LC News is now available

Our fortnightly newsletter full of interesting articles, reports, conferences and events is now available.

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).  If you would like to join the mailing list, please email Claire.

City Analysis Methodology development update

City Analysis Methodology development update

Developing the 'lens framework' and local data collection methods.

A ‘lens framework’ for the CAM has been established, based upon the three pillars of sustainability plus governance. This reflects the UK Government’s approach to sustainability as well as drawing in contextual priorities identified in the literature review (built and natural environment,...

LC News 3rd February 2015

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...

Future Events

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...

Date and timings: 4th June 2015 10.00am registration, 10.30am event start, 3.15pm event close Birmingham Venue TBC Preparatory documents will be made available closer to the event date. If you...

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...