Second Bi-Annual Summit: Measuring the Sustainable City Summit


Event Date: 7th of December 2012

Location: The Royal Society, London

A copy of the post-event report is available from this website in the Research Updates section, by clicking here or upon request to Joanne leach at 




We are delighted to announce that Liveable Cities is partnering with the Royal Society on the official launch of the Liveable Cities Research Programme taking place on 7th December 2012.  We are able to offer an exclusive number of places, which are allocated on an application only basis.

Expressions of interest should be made via email to Joanne Leach (

The Liveable Cities Research Programme is convening its first annual summit. This inaugural event is focused on Measuring the Sustainable City. To be held at the Royal Society's London headquarters, the aim of the summit is to establish the performance criteria for an 80% carbon reduced, resource secure, maximised wellbeing city.

We would be delighted to have you apply for this important summit.

Delegates will learn of research progress to date and discuss the first outcomes.  Input to the direction of the research programme will be solicited and there will be opportunities to engage on a one to one level with the research teams.  In addition, we will discuss opportunities to collaborate upon three UK city case studies to be undertaken over the next 12 months.


... is committed to a systematic transformation of the Council and the city to provide a sustainable future for the people of Birmingham.  This vision sees Birmingham evolving from a fossil fuel based economy to a low carbon economy, with residents and businesses engaged with and owning the cities carbon reduction targets. The city has already made bold steps through initiatives including electric vehicles, house retrofitting and district energy, and has worked successfully in partnership with a range of public and private sector organisations to deliver innovative sustainable projects.  Birmingham has ambitious carbon reduction targets and the Birmingham Climate Change Action Plan 2010 and the Council’s 2015 Declaration provide the implementation framework for achieving a 60% cut by 2026, at 1990 levels.


... is a Transition City with well-defined city and region boundaries.  Lancaster with Morecambe wants to become a significant regional asset, with a distinctive and unique identity synonymous with excellence in education; certain niche areas of the knowledge economy; heritage, rural and coastal tourism; and quality of life / work-life balance.


... is the major city in central southern England, recognised as the region’s economic, social and cultural driver.  It seeks to build on its role as an international seaport, centre for cutting edge research and leading retail centre, becoming a centre of learning with a varied and exciting cultural landscape and known for its innovative and creative businesses, leisure opportunities and parks and open spaces. Adapting into a sustainable waterfront city, Southampton seeks to be the UK’s premier cruise liner home port, a major European container port and the local city for one of the UK’s top airports. Southampton wishes to be known as a city that is good to grow up in and good to grow old in where people are proud to live and economic success is harnessed to social justice.

The summit will bring together individuals from some of the leading organizations across the public sector, utilities, urban design, academia, finance, buildings, and construction and engineering. Together we want to create cross-disciplinary groups to better understand and start to address each city’s low carbon challenges.

We look forward to seeing you there

Second Bi-Annual Summit: Measuring the Sustainable City Summit