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

Foresight report on Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing is out!

Event9 years, 5 months and 13 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

BBC Radio Manchester interview about Remembering Resistance

Event1 year 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

Event1 year 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

Event1 year, 7 months and 16 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

Best Paper Award for Cooper and Boyko!

Best Paper Award for Cooper and Boyko!

Rachel Cooper and Christopher Boyko received the Best Paper Award 2016 in Urban Design and Planning journal

Prof. Rachel Cooper OBE and Dr. Christopher Boyko (alongside their co-authors: two colleagues from the University of Birmingham - Prof. ...Read full update

Liveable Cities presents... the Skype Sessions

Liveable Cities presents... the Skype Sessions

Join us for our next Skype Session about ecosystem services in cities!

Back in Spring 2015, Liveable Cities presents... The Skype Sessions held three successful sessions on topics, such as Determining City Performance, Complexity in Cities, and Sharing and the City. Now, after a short summer...Read full update

Liveable Cities built environment audits begin in Lancaster

Liveable Cities built environment audits begin in Lancaster

Researchers are collecting data on the condition of built environment features within different neighbourhoods

This week, Christopher Boyko and Claire Coulton began auditing the built environment in two neighbourhoods in Lancaster as part of the Liveable Cities project's Wellbeing...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