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.