Dr Christopher Boyko

Boyko
50th Anniversary Lecturer in Design
Urban Design and Behaviour, Cities, Digital Technology/Internet of Things, Regeneration, Space and Place, 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/ digital technology use in cities; public space design, use and management; regeneration; research methods; sustainability; town planning; urban design; and wellbeing.

Christopher is currently examining wellbeing on a 5-year, £6 million EPSRC project called Liveable Cities. 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 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.

In between these projects, Christopher co-wrote a government report about the impacts of the physical environment on mental well-being. Finally, he has been working 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 and a member of the Environmental Design Research Association.

Updates and Outcomes

Density and Decision-making: Findings from an Online Survey

OutcomeJournal Paper

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

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

Liveable Cities project meeting in London

Event4 years, 4 months and 18 days ago

7th of December 2012, The Royal Society, London

Project team discusses progress, engages in knowledge exchange with expert stakeholders

The academic teams from Lancaster University, the University of Birmingham, University College London and the University of Southampton are...Read full update

The Little Book of Density

OutcomeBook
The Little Book of Density

Based on 4 years of research for the EPSRC-funded Urban Futures project, Rachel Cooper and Christopher Boyko (with Roger Whitham) have written a short book about density for practitioners. The book aims to support decision-makers in urban environment who deal with, and consider, spatial density in...More information

Urban Futures final event taking place in London on 18 April 2012!

Urban Futures final event taking place in London on 18 April 2012!

The Urban Futures project is ending this April and the team is giving away free copies of their Practitioner Guide to celebrate.

To mark the end of the 4-year, EPSRC-funded Urban Futures project, we are holding a final event in Church House, Westminster, London, this Wednesday, 18 April....Read full update

Get ready for The Little Book of Density!

April 2012 sees the launch of the Urban Futures publication, entitled 'The Little Book of Density'

Based on 4 years of research for the EPSRC-funded Urban Futures project, Rachel Cooper and Christopher Boyko (with Roger Whitham) have written a short book about density for practitioners. The...Read full update

Get ready for The Little Book of Density!

April 2012 sees the launch of the Urban Futures publication, entitled 'The Little Book of Density'

Based on 4 years of research for the EPSRC-funded Urban Futures project, Rachel Cooper and Christopher Boyko (with Roger Whitham) have written a short book about density for practitioners. The...Read full update

Density paper to be presented at international sustainability conference

Event5 years, 3 months and 16 days ago

10th of January 2012, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Findings from an online survey about density and decision-making to be discussed in Vancouver, Canada

...Read full update

Lancaster Workshop

Event5 years, 6 months and 14 days ago

13th of October 2011, Lancaster University

The Urban Futures team meet for two days in Lancaster

The team of 20 researchers from Birmingham, Birmingham City, Coventry, Exeter and Lancaster Universities met 13 and 14 October. With six months to go on the five year programme,...Read full update

Design for Health: The relationship between Design and Noncommunicable Diseases

Event5 years, 6 months and 29 days ago

28th of September 2011

Cooper and Boyko published a paper in the special issue of Journal of Health Communication 'Communication the Noncommunicable,

We explore the relationship between design and non-communicable disease (NCD), by highlighting how design knowledge and...Read full update

Density survey report completed

Event5 years, 6 months and 20 days ago

7th of October 2011

Findings from online density survey written up in report

As part of the Urban Futures project, researchers created an online survey using surveymonkey to better understand density and design decision-making in urban environments. The survey, which was...Read full update

Urban Futures workshop with Lancaster City Council

Event6 years, 4 months and 17 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

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

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
Liveable CitiesLiveable Cities Liveable Cities Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing