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 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...

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

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 managed, and the potential areas of conflict. The core of nexus thinking is that no good results can be achieved from considering these resources...

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

Infrastructure forms the framework within which modern societies operate both at the physical and social level. It includes (amongst others) digital, green and social infrastructures, emergency services and food networks, water, energy, waste and transport. Infrastructure, by its very nature, locks in behaviours. The Liveable Cities research consortium aims 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?

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of which potentially compromise creativity and innovation in urban design. Approaches that measure performance are accused of belying the nature of places as messy, plural, organic, accidental and emotive; trying...

Future Events

Urban Innovation Centre, 1 Sekforde St, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0BE

Date and timings: Wednesday 6th December 2017 1.00pm registration and lunch, 9.00pm event close   Venue: Auditorium Urban Innovation Centre 1 Sekforde...

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...