City Analysis Methodology

Measuring the performance of cities with regard to resource use and wellbeing

The rise in the influence of sustainability principles has resulted in an almost overwhelming number of ways of defining, measuring and assessing sustainability. For sustainability measurement to be accurate it must have a clearly defined ‘sustainability space’, be designed for the context in which the measurements are to be taken, evidence a clear causal chain and make explicit interdependencies. The degree to which current sustainability methods meet these criteria is varied.

Cities play an important role in a country’s ability to become more sustainable. In order for cities to move towards sustainability, it is important first to understand how they function and how well they perform.  This provides a baseline against which to identify and prioritise aspects that would benefit from change and assess the impact of any proposed solutions. Gaps in performance can then be identified, barriers to achieving a sustainable future elucidated and robust solutions designed and assessed. Care must be taken, however, that in moving towards a more sustainable future the liveability of cities is not compromised.

The City Analysis Methodology (CAM) is an innovative urban analysis framework for holistically measuring the performance of UK cities with regard to well-being, resource security and CO2 emissions. It demonstrates the need for, and defines the parameters for, sustainability solutions (decisions being made now in the name of sustainability) that do not compromise wellbeing and provides a model for other countries to leverage the sustainability of their cities.

Research Theme Team

Chris Rogers Chris Rogers
Principal Investigator University of Birmingham
Susan Lee Susan Lee
Researcher University of Birmingham
Joanne Leach Joanne Leach
Researcher University of Birmingham
No picture available Dexter Hunt
Researcher co-investigator University of Birmingham
Christopher Bouch Christopher Bouch
Researcher University of Birmingham
Yanguo Cong Yanguo Cong
Visiting researcher University of Birmingham
Martin Locret-Collet Martin Locret-Collet
Doctoral Student University of Birmingham
No picture available Valeria De Laurentiis
PhD Student University of Birmingham
Marianna Cavada Marianna Cavada
Researcher University of Birmingham
Jonathan Ward Jonathan Ward
PhD Student University of Birmingham

Expert Panellists

No picture available Peter Braithwaite
Sustainability Advisor; University of Birmingham
No picture available Keith Clarke
Institution of Civil Engineers
No picture available Andrew Comer
Buro Happold Ltd
No picture available Rosemary Coyne
SDRC Consulting Ltd
No picture available Nick Grayson
Birmingham City Council
No picture available Adrian Gurney
London Sustainable Development Commission
No picture available Jim Hall
University of Oxford
No picture available Bill Hewlett
Costain
No picture available Lindsay McCulloch
Southampton City Council
Sandy  Taylor Sandy Taylor
Birmingham City Council
No picture available Len Threadgold
Geotechnics
No picture available Paul Toyne
Balfour Beatty
Kate Young Kate Young
CH2M HILL & ITRC

Liveable Cities Informational Flyer

Liveable Cities Informational Flyer

A4 flyer briefly describing the ambition, vision, research and programme rationale. ...

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

New paper published in Proceedings of the ICE: Urban Design and Planning, by Joanne M. Leach, Christopher T. Boyko, Rachel F.D. Cooper, Anna Woodeson, Jim Eyre and Christopher D.F. Rogers.

Planners, architects, urban designers and other built environment professionals engage with a myriad of checkboxes, guidelines, requirements and specifications, all of...

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...

City Analysis Framework development update

City Analysis Framework development update

The initial development of the City Analysis Framework is the primary activity in the project's first twelve months.  The first step is to understand what city analysis methodologies currently exist, what they cover and how they work.  Parallel to this is unpicking what we need to know to establish a...