Christopher Boyko

Dr Christopher Boyko

Researcher co-investigator
Lancaster University
01524 510 876

Along with Prof. Rachel Cooper, I am researching wellbeing as it relates to the built environment and low-carbon. We are:


  • Collecting objective wellbeing data about our case study cities (Birmingham, Lancaster and Southampton), based on information from local authorities, the Office of National Statistics and other sources.
  • Collecting subjective wellbeing information from residents of our case study cities via focus groups (with John Urry and Katerina Psarikidou). We have selected four neighbourhoods within each city, based on density and deprivation, which are two important issues within the low-carbon and wellbeing agendas, respectively. Each neighbourhood varies along population/dwelling density (low, high) and Indices of Multiple Deprivation (low, high).
  • Auditing the built environment using a 70-item scale that measures features of neighbourhoods (e.g., the presence of pavements on both sides of the street)
  • Creating an app that will collect wellbeing data during a day-in-the-life of each city.


Prior to Liveable Cities, Dr. Boyko and Prof. Cooper worked on the EPSRC-funded Urban Futures project, examining aspects of decision-making and spatial density. They also co-wrote a state-of-the-art review of the impact of the physical environment on mental wellbeing for the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing report for the Government Office for Science.