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

LC News: 17 December 2013

Please find attached the latest news, events and items of interest for realising liveable cities.

For some months now Liveable Cities has been compiling on a semi-regular basis news, articles, papers, events and other items of interest that are related to realising liveable cities.   We have decided to share this information...

Professor Brian Collins at INCOSE 2013

Professor Brian Collins at INCOSE 2013

This lecture was recorded at INCOSE 2013 in Philadelphia PA, USA

Professor Brian Collins talks about Systems Engineering from his viewpoint as a professor of Engineering Policy and former scientific advisor to the UK Government, including transport projects, bio mass and the aviation nightmares caused by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. Professor...

Helene Joffe, this year’s Lloyd’s Science of Risk winner

Helene Joffe, this year’s Lloyd’s Science of Risk winner

This year’s Lloyd’s Science of Risk winner revealed some fascinating “fatalistic” attitudes to earthquake risk.

The prestigious Science of Risk prize received some excellent submissions from a line-up of esteemed academics in 2013. Amongst them was a lead convening author for the fifth IPCC impact report, Professor Neil Adger, a runner-up...

Built environment audits started!

Built environment audits started!

Researchers collecting data on condition of built environment features of neighbourhoods

This week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton began auditing the built environment within one neighbourhood of Birmingham as part of the RC2: Wellbeing Research Challenge. Armed with the Irvine-Minnesota Inventory 2.0 -- an app comprising 70-items that ask raters to assess...

Density and Decision-making: Findings from an Online Survey

In many countries, policymakers have used urban densification strategies in an effort to create more sustainable cities. However, spatial density as a concept remains unclear and complex. Little information exists about how density is considered by decision makers, including the different kinds of density and the wider political and economic...

Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living

Birmingham Policy Commission on Future Urban Living

The fifth Birmingham Policy Commission is exploring the case for and against cities being the most appropriate means for accommodating changing populations, demographics and societal needs within a UK context.

The fifth Policy Commission will explore the case for and against cities as the centres of population growth in the future,...

Job opportunity: Research Associate (Part-time), Sociology

‘Low Carbon Innovation in China – Prospects, Politics & Practice’ aims to investigate different models of innovation and their role in low-carbon transitions in the key socio-technical and (geo-)political context of a rising China.

Salary:   £25,504 to £29,541 (pro rata) Closing Date:   Monday 23 September 2013 Interview Date:   October 10th, 2013 Reference: ...

What makes a city liveable? Implications for next-generation infrastructure services

What makes a city liveable? Implications for next-generation infrastructure services

Joanne Leach, Susan Lee, Peter Braithwaite, Chris Bouch, Nick Grayson and Chris Rogers have been selected to submit a paper for the 2013 International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI).

ISNGI is an initiative of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, Australia with partners University College London...

The ‘art’ of urban design: does objectivity constrain imagination?

To be published in Urban Design and Planning themed issue: the ‘art’ of urban design

Christopher Boyko, Joanne Leach, Rachel Cooper and Chris Rogers are leading a paper that has been accepted for a 2014 special issue of the academic journal Urban Design and Planning.  This paper builds upon the work...

Third Bi-Annual Event Report, Presentations and Delegate List

We are pleased to make available the report, presentations and delegate list from the third bi-annual summit of the Liveable Cities programme (Smart versus Liveable).

You can​ download the following documents from this page: Event report Presentation: Introduction (delivered by Prof Chris Rogers) Presentation: Horizon Scanning (delivered by Prof Nick Tyler) Presentation: Wrap up (delivered...

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...