Dr Christopher 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

Planning for Density: Density for Planning


Knowing who makes decisions about density, why they make them and what they need to make better decisions is fundamental to getting planning projects right. Christopher Boyko and Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University, UK) have been undertaking research into density and urban decision-making. Findings...More information

Density: It's More than Just a Number


Carefully considering density and its impacts is fundamental to getting urban design and development projects right. Christopher Boyko and Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University, UK) have been undertaking research into density and urban decision-making. Findings from an online survey, completed by an...More information

Density as Sustainability Solution in Lancaster

OutcomeJournal Paper

Dwelling density is a tool used to preduct, describe and control land use. Through police guidance, targets are created that promote efficient use of land, reduce the operation of private transportation and increase mixed use. However, decision makers often are unsure how these targets translate...More information

Density paper to be presented at international sustainability conference

Event5 years, 3 months and 20 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

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

OutcomeJournal Paper

Scenarios are a useful tool to help think about and visualise the future and, as such, are utilised by many policymakers and practitioners. Future scenarios have not been used to explore the urban context in much depth, yet have the potential to provide valuable insights into the robustness of...More information

Lancaster Workshop

Event5 years, 6 months and 18 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

Density survey goes live in May 2011!

Event5 years, 11 months and 27 days ago

3rd of May 2011

Views needed on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban environment

The aim of the Urban Futures density survey is to obtain views from informed practitioners, policymakers and academics on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban...Read full update

Foresight report on Mental Capital and Mental Wellbeing is out!

Event8 years, 3 months and 24 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

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