Dr Christopher Boyko

50th Anniversary Lecturer in Design
Urban Design and Behaviour, Internet of Things, Protest/Resistance, Town Planning, Urban Sustainability, Wellbeing
c [dot] boyko [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

Christopher is a Lecturer in ImaginationLancaster. His general research and teaching interests include decision-making processes; design thinking; Internet of Things in cities; inter-multi-trans-disciplinarity; protest and resistance in urban envirionments; public space design, use and management; research methods; sustainability; town planning; urban design; and wellbeing.

Christopher is currently co-leading a Lancaster University Impact and Knowledge Exchange grant with Dr. Sarah Marsden, examining the interrelationship between place, politics and power in cities. In particular, he is interested in mapping protest routes and sites that are used by different groups and understanding the role of objects and artefacts either present in, or brought to, urban spaces.

Christopher is also examining the relationship between wellbeing and aspects of the urban environment on a 5-year, £6 million EPSRC project called Liveable Cities (2012-2017). This research builds on his previous work about density and the decision-making process on a 4-year, £3 million EPSRC project called Urban Futures (2008-2012) as well as work on the urban design decision-making process and its relationship to sustainability from a 5-year, £3 million EPSRC-funded research project, VivaCity2020: Urban Sustainability for the 24-hour City (2004-2008).

In between these projects, Christopher co-wrote a government report about the impacts of the physical environment on mental well-being. Finally, he has worked on a Lancaster University Early Career Grant with colleagues in Sociology (Monika Buscher, Tim Dant, Karenza Moore) and LICA (Jen Southern), studying key changes in the ‘interaction order’ of public spaces.

Christopher is an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy.

Updates and Outcomes

Clarifying and Re-conceptualising Density

OutcomeJournal Paper

As a spatial concept, density is a useful tool in predicting and controlling land use. However, policymakers, practitioners, academics and citizens are often uncertain about how density, and especially higher densities, can be best utilised to create and nurture the design of urban environments....More information

Design for Health: The Relationship between Design and Non-communicable Diseases

OutcomeJournal Paper

The authors explore the relationship between design and noncommunicable diseases, first by highlighting how design knowledge and practice can have a direct and indirect effect on these diseases. They then review the literature on the link between the physical environment (e.g., dwellings, the...More information

Urban Futures workshop with Lancaster City Council

Event8 years, 9 months and 12 days ago

9th of December 2010, The Storey, Lancaster

Workshop with local authority and private sector decision-makers to understand the sustainability issues of an urban regeneration site in Lancaster city centre

The aim of the workshop was for the Urban Futures team to meet with...Read full update

Density survey goes live in May 2011!

Event8 years, 4 months and 19 days ago

3rd of May 2011

Views needed on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban environment

The aim of the Urban Futures density survey is to obtain views from informed practitioners, policymakers and academics on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban...Read full update

Foresight report on Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing is out!

Event10 years, 8 months and 14 days ago

5th of January 2009, London, England

UK Government report outlines how to achieve the best possible mental development and mental wellbeing for everyone

The UK Government Office for Science (now the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills) launched their latest...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster presents innovative international urban health research at

ImaginationLancaster presents innovative international urban health research at

the International Symposium on Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific Region!

Improving health and well-being for cities, requires addressing the demographic shift related to an ageing population, the epidemiologic shift from infectious to noncommunicable diseases, and climate change,...Read full update

Power, protest and place in Delhi, India

Power, protest and place in Delhi, India

Lancaster University headed to Dehli to facilitate a workshop on contentious spaces

As part of the Lancaster University-funded Remembering Resistance India project, Drs. Chris Boyko (LICA) and Sarah Marsden (PPR) travelled to Jawaharlal Nehru University this July to facilitate a...Read full update

Successful urban obesity workshops in Malaysia!

Successful urban obesity workshops in Malaysia!

Research team visited Sunway University to learn about urban obesity from experts and community members

In July, the Lancaster team travelled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to co-faciliate a meeting with obesity experts alongside a workshop with members of local communities.  Throughout the...Read full update

BBC Radio Manchester interview about Remembering Resistance

Event2 years, 3 months and 3 days ago
BBC Radio Manchester interview about Remembering Resistance

17th of June 2017, BBC Radio Manchester

BBC Radio Manchester's Andy Crane to interview Chris Boyko about the Remembering Resistance project

On 17 June during the Breakfast show (around 07.20), Andy Crane from BBC Radio Manchester will interview Dr. Chris Boyko, Lecturer in...Read full update

Remembering Resistance: Memories of Manchester Protests

Event2 years, 3 months and 3 days ago
Remembering Resistance: Memories of Manchester Protests

17th of June 2017, Coal Store Room, People's History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

A one-day event to share stories about the last 50 years of protest in Manchester

Were you at the rally in Manchester on 20 February 1988 to fight for LGBT+ rights against...Read full update

Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

Event2 years, 10 months and 17 days ago
Liveable Cities facilitates important Birmingham workshops

1st of November 2016, Highbury Hall, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural captial plan using design methods

The Liveable Cities team from Lancaster went to Birmingham on 2 November to facilitate two workshops on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The...Read full update

Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Articleby Christopher Boyko, Rachel Cooper
Do sustainability measures constrain urban design creativity?

Paper available at ICE Virtual Library. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Christopher Boyko's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

Remembering Resistance: Memories of ProtestRemembering Resistance: Memories of Protest Remembering Resistance: Memories of Protest Connecting people, place and political power
Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing
Urban FuturesUrban Futures Urban Futures Sustainable Regeneration - from evidence-based urban futures to implementation
New Interaction OrderNew Interaction Order New Interaction Order New(?) mobile behaviour in public spaces