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Cities, Urban design

Research Areas

Contemporary Arts and Performance, Design, Health and place

Dr Christopher Boyko

Dr Christopher Boyko

Senior Research Associate

The LICA Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YW


Tel: +44 1524 510876

Affiliations

ImaginationLancaster

PhD Supervision Interests

I am interested in proposals from potential doctoral students in the broad areas of urban public space (e.g., the process of creating public spaces, the uses of public spaces), sustainable urban environments, urban design and behaviour and wellbeing.

Research Interests

Christopher is a Senior Research Association in ImaginationLancaster. His general research and teaching interests include decision-making processes, design thinking, Internet of Things/digital technology use in cities, urban space, regeneration, research methods, sustainability, urban design and wellbeing.

 

Research Interests

I am currently leading a Research Challenge on wellbeing as part of a 5-year, £6 million EPSRC project called Liveable Cities: Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing (www.liveablecities.org.uk). With Prof. Rachel Cooper and Dr. Claire Coulton, I am specifically examining the relationship between the physical environment in urban neighbourhoods and the individual and collective wellbeing of its inhabitants. We are undertaking three case studies in Lancaster, Birmingham and Southampton, using wellbeing questionnaires to understand people's quality of life and a mobile app to understand the quality of the neighbourhoods where these people live. Findings will be used to help inform wellbeing policy at the local authority scale. Moreover, as part of a Lancaster-based team, I am exploring the notion of sharing in cities, trying to understand what cities need to do to enhance opportunities for positive sharing that sits alongside a growing 'sharing economy'.

From 2008-2012, I worked on a 4-year, £4 million EPSRC project called Sustainable Regeneration: From Evidence-based Urban Futures to Implementation (www.urban-futures.org). This project works across disciplines and uses future scenarios to measure the resilience of today's urban regeneration solutions in terms of sustainability in a UK context. We aim to answer the question: will decisions made, and solutions created, today in the name of sustainability still be considered sustainable, no matter what the future holds?Through case studies in Lancaster, Worcester and Birmingham, the research team focused on testing specific sustainability decisions and solutions in an attempt to improve on the solutions to make them truly sustainable now and in the future. I led a Work Package about density (population, dwelling etc.) and the design decision-making process.

The work on Urban Futures built on my previous research about the urban design decision-making process and its relationship to sustainability as part of a 5-year, £3 million EPSRC-funded project: VivaCity2020: Urban Sustainability for the 24-hour City (www.vivacity2020.eu). Prof. Rachel Cooper and I undertook three case studies in London, Manchester and Sheffield to understand who makes decisions about urban design, when and how they make those decisions, what tools they use to make decisions and whether or not they considered sustainability in decision-making. From our analysis of what happens in-practice and comparing it to the established literature, we were able to create an improved urban design decision-making process that incorporates sustainability at each stage.

In between these projects,I co-wrote a Government report with Prof. Rachel Cooper about the impacts of the physical environment on mental wellbeing for the Foresight Project on Mental Captial and Wellbeing (http://www.foresight.gov.uk/OurWork/ActiveProjects/Mental%20Capital/Welcome.asp). The report provides a state-of-the-art literature review about people's interactions with different environments at various scales -- urban, rural, neighbourhood, office, school, home, healthcare, rooms-- and relates them to mental health and wellbeing. Additional outputs from this project included two workshops about future trends in the physical environment and older people's needs for the future.

Finally, from 2010-2012, I was PI on a Lancaster University Early Career Grant Scheme project with Monika Buscher (Sociology), Tim Dant (Sociology), Karenza Moore (Sociology) and Jen Southern (LICA) called The New Interaction Order: A Study of Behaviour in Public Spaces (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/projects/new-interaction/). This collaborative projects studied and evaluated key changes (e.g., through ambient, embedded and personal technologies) in 'the interaction order' of public spaces. This was achieved through interdisciplinary ethnographic mobile methods, following in the footsteps of social scientist Erving Goffman and urban theoriest and sociologist William Whyte.

2015

Measures to assess wellbeing in low-carbon-dioxide cities

Boyko, C., Cooper, R. & Cooper, C. 2015 In: Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning. p. 1-12 12 p.1400029

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

Participatory citizens and hybrid cities: imagining green spaces in Manchester's Northern Quarter

Taylor, R., Dunn, N. & Boyko, C. 25/09/2014

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Density and mental wellbeing

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 02/2014 Wellbeing: A complete reference guide: Wellbeing and the environment. Cooper, R., Burton, E. & Cooper, C. L. (eds.). London: Wiley Blackwell, Vol. 2, p. 69-90 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

Sustainable urban futures

Cooper, R. & Boyko, C. 2013 The handbook of design for sustainability. Walker, S. & Giard, J. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 255-272 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Density and decision-making: findings from an online survey

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 23/10/2013 In: Sustainability. 5, 10, p. 4502-4522 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Scenario archetypes: converging rather than diverging themes

Barnes, M., Boyko, C., Cooper, R., Hewitt, C. N., Mackenzie, R., Whyatt, D. & 21 others Hunt, D., Lombardi, D. R., Atkinson, S., Barber, A. R. G., Brown, J., Bryson, J., Butler, D., Caputo, S., Caserio, M., Coles, R., Farmani, R., Gaterell, M., Hale, J., Hales, A. C., Jankovic, L., Jefferson, I., Leach, J., Memon, F. A., Sadler, J. P., Weingaertner, C. & Rogers, C. D. F. 20/04/2012 In: Sustainability. 4, 4, p. 740-772 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Designing Resilient Cities: A guide to good practice

Boyko, C., Hewitt, C. N., Mackenzie, R., Whyatt, D. & 25 others Lombardi, D. R., Leach, J. M., Rogers, C. D. F., Aston, R., Barber, A., Brown, J., Bryson, J. R., Butler, D., Caputo, S., Caserio, M., Coles, R., Cooper, R., Coyne, R., Farmani, R., Gaterell, M., Hale, J., Hales, A. C., Hunt, D., Jancovic, L., Jefferson, I., Memon, F. A., Phenix-Walker, R., Pugh, T., Sadler, J. P. & Weingaertner, C. 04/2012 Bracknell: IHS BRE Press. 126 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Benchmarking sustainability in cities: The role of indicators and future scenarios

Boyko, C., Davies, G., Hewitt, C. N., Mackenzie, R., Whyatt, D. & 22 others Gaterell, M., Barber, A. R. G., Brown, J., Bryson, J. R., Butler, D., Caputo, S., Caserio, M., Coles, R., Cooper, R., Farmani, R., Hale, J., Hales, A. C., Hunt, D. V. L., Jankovic, L., Jefferson, I., Leach, J. M., Lombardi, D. R., Memon, F. A., Pugh, T., Sadler, J. P., Weingaertner, C. & Rogers, C. D. F. 02/2012 In: Global Environmental Change. 22, 1, p. 245-254 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

High Dwelling Density as Sustainability Solution in Lancaster

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 03/2012 In: Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability. 165, ES1, p. 81-88 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Design for Health: The Relationship Between Design and Noncommunicable Diseases

Cooper, R., Boyko, C. & Cooper, C. 09/2011 In: Journal of Health Communication. 16, Supplement 2, p. 134-157 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Clarifying and re-conceptualising density

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 07/2011 In: Progress in Planning. 76, 1, p. 1-61 61 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

How to design a city in five easy steps: exploring VivaCity 2020’s process and tools for urban design decision making.

Cooper, R. & Boyko, C. 11/2010 In: Journal of Urbanism. 3, 3, p. 253-273 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Informing an urban design process by way of a practical example.

Boyko, C. T., Cooper, R., Davey, C. L. & Wootton, A. B. 03/2010 In: Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning. 163, 1, p. 17-30 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

The effect of the physical environment on mental capital and wellbeing.

Cooper, R., Boyko, C. & Codinhoto, R. 2009 Wiley-Blackwell. 40 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

Decision-making processes in urban design.

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 2009 Sustainable Urban Development: Changing Professional Practice. Cooper, I. & Symes, M. (eds.). London, UK: Routledge, Vol. 4, p. 78-98 21 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The urban design decision-making process: definitions and issues.

Cooper, R., Boyko, C., Pemberton-Billing, N. & Cadman, D. 08/2009 Designing Sustainable Cities. Cooper, R., Evans, G. & Boyko, C. (eds.). Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 3-16 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The urban design decision making process: case studies.

Boyko, C. & Cooper, R. 08/2009 Designing Sustainable Cities. Cooper, R., Evans, G. & Boyko, C. (eds.). Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 17-41 25 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The urban design decision making process: a new approach.

Cooper, R. & Boyko, C. 2009 Designing Sustainable Cities. Cooper, R., Evans, G. & Boyko, C. (eds.). Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 43-50 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The ongoing sustainable city endeavour.

Cooper, R., Evans, G. & Boyko, C. 08/2009 Designing sustainable cities. Cooper, R., Evans, G. & Boyko, C. (eds.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, p. 288-296 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Designing sustainable cities.

Cooper, R. (ed.), Evans, G. (ed.) & Boyko, C. (ed.) 08/2009 Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 320 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

Mental capital and wellbeing and the physical environment.

Cooper, R., Boyko, C. & Codinhoto, R. 09/2008 UK: Foresight Science Review, 50 p.

Research output: Working paper

2006

Addressing sustainability early in the urban design process.

Boyko, C., Cooper, R., Davey, C. L. & Wootton, A. B. 2006 In: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal. 17, 6, p. 689-706 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

From sustainability to socially responsible design.

Davey, C. L., Wootton, A. B., Boyko, C. T. & Cooper, R. 2005 In: Design Synergy 21 Group, Design for the 21st Century Programme.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sustainability and the urban design process.

Boyko, C., Cooper, R. & Davey, C. 09/2005 In: Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability. 158, ES3, p. 119-125 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article