Liveable Cities

Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing

Liveable Cities is an ambitious, five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering low-carbon, resource-secure, wellbeing enhanced UK cities.

This will be achieved via the development of a unique City Analysis Methodology (CAM) that will measure how cities operate and perform in terms of their people, environment and governance, taking account of wellbeing and resource security.

The CAM will be used to establish future visions of low-carbon, resource-secure, liveable UK cities from which the team will backcast to determine what needs to be done now to achieve these visions.

Using the CAM, the Liveable Cities team will develop realistic and radical engineering solutions for achieving the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets and will test them in three UK cities: Birmingham, Lancaster and Southampton.

Find out more on the Liveable Cities website.

Project Team

CooperCooper Rachel Cooper Design Management, Design Policy, Design Thinking, Urban Design, Urban Sustainability, Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime, Design & Manufacture
BoykoBoyko Christopher Boyko Urban Design and Behaviour, Internet of Things, Protest/Resistance, Town Planning, Urban Sustainability, Wellbeing
Distinguished Professor John Urry Distinguished Professor John Urry Co-Investigator, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
CoultonCoulton Claire Coulton PETRAS IoT Research Hub and Transformation North West Project Officer
Katerina Psarikidou Katerina Psarikidou Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University
DunnDunn Nick Dunn Urban Design, Design Thinking, Design & Manufacturing, Mapping, Visualisation, Speculative Design, Future Cities

Partners / Funders


Birmingham case study research finished!

Birmingham case study research finished!

Liveable Cities researchers finish collecting data on condition of built environment features in neighbourhoods using app

Last week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton completed their audit of the built environment within the last of four...Read full update

Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Article about density & design published in The Guardian

Misunderstanding density: Why we are building the wrong sort of cities

Dr. Christopher Boyko published an article today (29 July, 2014) in The Guardian's Housing Network pages about understanding density in cities. The article is based on empirical research undertaken with Prof. Rachel Cooper...Read full update

Can we build more enjoyable cities?

Can we build more enjoyable cities?

For blind and partially sighted people, just navigating around a city can leave them feeling tired, anxious and vulnerable. Can technology make it a seamless, enjoyable experience?

Professor Rachel Cooper, non-executive Director of Future Cities Catapult, welcomed over 150 people to the...Read full update

Liveable Cities focus groups well underway

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Liveable Cities focus groups well underway

19th of February 2014, Aspire & Success, Lozells, Birmingham

Third focus group in Birmingham about wellbeing and mobilities

After two successful focus groups in the suburbs of Birmingham late last year, we have moved into the inner city and conducted a third focus group in...Read full update

Built environment audits started!

Built environment audits started!

Liveable Cities researchers begin collecting data on condition of built environment features in neighbourhoods using app

This week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton began auditing the built environment within one neighbourhood of Birmingham as part of the...Read full update

Density and Decision-making: Findings from an Online Survey

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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...More information