Activism in cities, decision-making, environmental psychology, inter/multi/trans-disciplinarity, liveable cities, public space, qualitative research methods, sustainability, town planning, urban density, urban design, walkability, wellbeing
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Christopher is a Lecturer in ImaginationLancaster. His general research and teaching interests include decision-making processes; design processes; digital technology in cities; inter/multi/trans-disciplinarity; protest and resistance in urban environments; public space design, use and management; research methods; sustainability; town planning; urban design; and wellbeing.
Christopher is currently leading an ESRC Lancaster University Impact and Acceleration Award called Mobilise! 2 (2020-21), evaluating an online course on active citizenship, aimed at asylum seekers and refugees. The course was developed as part of the Mobilise! project (2019-20), of which Christopher was Co-Investigator. These two projects were rooted in a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant called Remembering Resistance (2018-20), in which the project team captured and celebrated stories of women’s protest in the North of England since 1918, when some women and all men got the right to vote in the UK. The project culminated in an exhibition at Museums Sheffield, entitled, ‘Empowering Women Empower Women’.
Christopher’s past research has examined 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 UK Government Foresight report about the impacts of the physical environment on mental well-being, and a report about the future of community and values for the UK Ministry of Defence. Finally, he worked on a Lancaster University Early Career Grant with colleagues in Sociology and LICA, studying key changes in the ‘interaction order’ of public spaces.
Christopher is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE.
This little book tells you about research that we did as part of the Liveable Cities project, looking at wellbeing in neighbourhoods.
As a result of a 3-day Communication Symposium held in March 2017 in Lancaster, Liveable Cities has produced a series of informative videos.
International Symposium on Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific Region
the International Symposium on Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific Region!
Lancaster University headed to Dehli to facilitate a workshop on contentious spaces
A one-day event to share stories about the last 50 years of protest in Manchester
BBC Radio Manchester's Andy Crane to interview Chris Boyko about the Remembering Resistance project
Birmingham City Council creating 'bottom-up' natural capital plan using design methods
Rachel Cooper and Christopher Boyko received the Best Paper Award 2016 in Urban Design and Planning journal
Join us for our next Skype Session about ecosystem services in cities
Have some interesting stories about sharing? Live in the Moseley and King's Heath area of Birmingham? If so, come to our workshop and share
Researchers are collecting data on the condition of built environment features within different neighbourhoods
The event marked the lunch of the ProtoPolicy Design Fictions
This event will bring together some current and recent examples of speculative design used as a tool by policymakers and researchers in Whitehall
Interested in making cities more liveable? Have a background in urban design, architecture or design management? This job might be for you!
Lancaster Sharing City Workshop pushes the boundaries on what sharing means in cities
Liveable Cities researchers finish collecting data on condition of built environment features in neighbourhoods using app
Misunderstanding density: Why we are building the wrong sort of cities
Numbers that Matter Hackathon
Hackathon Weekender: open data & wearable tech - 15th-16th March (Sat/Sun) 10am start at Manchester Science Park
Third focus group in Birmingham about wellbeing and mobilities
Liveable Cities researchers begin collecting data on condition of built environment features in neighbourhoods using app
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
Project team discusses progress, engages in knowledge exchange with expert stakeholders
The Urban Futures project is ending this April and the team is giving away free copies of their Practitioner Guide to celebrate
April 2012 sees the launch of the Urban Futures publication, entitled 'The Little Book of Density'
Findings from an online survey about density and decision-making to be discussed in Vancouver, Canada
The Urban Futures team meet for two days in Lancaster
Findings from online density survey written up in report
Views needed on aspects of density and decision-making in the urban environment
Workshop with local authority and private sector decision-makers to understand the sustainability issues of an urban regeneration site in Lancaster city centre
Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways
Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device
New(?) mobile behaviour in public spaces
Learning how obesity is organised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Transforming the Engineering of Cities for Global and Societal Wellbeing