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

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

Event5 years, 6 months and 14 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

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

Density survey report completed

Event6 years, 8 months and 13 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

Event7 years, 6 months and 12 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

Density survey goes live in May 2011!

Event7 years, 1 month and 16 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!

Event9 years, 5 months and 15 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

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