Dr Christopher Boyko

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

Measures to Assess Wellbeing in Low-Carbon-Dioxide Cities

OutcomeJournal Paper
Measures to Assess Wellbeing in Low-Carbon-Dioxide Cities

Policies aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions often focus on the need to change existing behaviours and social practices as well as to provide technological advances in energy supply, waste, transport, industry and infrastructure. While fundamentally important to the mitigation of climate...More information

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Liveable Cities mobilities and wellbeing focus groups begin in Lancaster!

Three mobilities and wellbeing focus groups took place in Heysham, Morecambe and Lancaster during the week of 1 December 2014... with one more to go!

Led by Dr. Katerina Psarikidou (Sociology) and assisted by Dr. Claire Coulton and Dr. Chris Boyko (ImaginationLancaster), 3 focus groups took...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

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

A hacktastick experience!

A hacktastick experience!

Numbers that Matter Hackathon

The Urban dictionary defines “hacktastic” as a positive statement referring to a strange or innovative programming or technical task, project or idea. ...Read full update

A hacktastick experience!

A hacktastick experience!

Numbers that Matter Hackathon

The Urban dictionary defines “hacktastic” as a positive statement referring to a strange or innovative programming or technical task, project or idea. ...Read full update

Liveable Cities focus groups well underway

Event3 years, 7 months and 1 day ago
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

The Numbers That Matter Hackathon

Event3 years, 6 months and 8 days ago
The Numbers That Matter Hackathon

15th of March 2014, Manchester Science Park, Pencroft Way, Manchester M15 6JJ

Hackathon Weekender: open data & wearable tech - 15th-16th March (Sat/Sun) 10am start at Manchester Science Park

What happens when we bring together open data, smart devices, and wearable technology?...Read full update

First knowledge exchange seminar of PhD support seminar series

First knowledge exchange seminar of PhD support seminar series

A knowledge exchange seminar about urban design between students and staff

Students and staff with an interest in urban design led a 2-hour, knowledge exchange session on 3 December, as part of the PhD support seminar series. During the session, we discussed terminology and definitions, and...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

Funded PhD Studentship: Liveable Cities

We are looking to recruit two university funded PhDs to work on the EPSRC Programme Grant 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...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