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Lee Chapman

92 shared publications

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences; University of Birmingham; Birmingham UK

Chris D.F. Rogers

85 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Charles Nicholas Hewitt

83 shared publications

Lancaster Environment Centre Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YQ, UK

Rachel Cooper

83 shared publications

Imagination, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

John R. Bryson

72 shared publications

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B152TT, UK

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Article 6 Reads 1 Citation Dataset of the livability performance of the city of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen wellbeing, resource secu... Joanne M. Leach, Susan E. Lee, Christopher T. Boyko, Claire ... Published: 13 October 2017
Data in Brief, doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2017.10.004
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This data article presents the UK City LIFE1 data set for the city of Birmingham, UK. UK City LIFE1 is a new, comprehensive and holistic method for measuring the livable sustainability performance of UK cities. The Birmingham data set comprises 346 indicators structured simultaneously (1) within a four-tier, outcome-based framework in order to aid in their interpretation (e.g., promote healthy living and healthy long lives, minimize energy use, uncouple economic vitality from CO2 emissions) and (2) thematically in order to complement government and disciplinary siloes (e.g., health, energy, economy, climate change). Birmingham data for the indicators are presented within an Excel spreadsheet with their type, units, geographic area, year, source, link to secondary data files, data collection method, data availability and any relevant calculations and notes. This paper provides a detailed description of UK city LIFE1 in order to enable comparable data sets to be produced for other UK cities. The Birmingham data set is made publically available at to facilitate this and to enable further analyses. The UK City LIFE1 Birmingham data set has been used to understand what is known and what is not known about the livable sustainability performance of the city and to inform how Birmingham City Council can take action now to improve its understanding and its performance into the future (see “Improving city-scale measures of livable sustainability: A study of urban measurement and assessment through application to the city of Birmingham, UK” Leach et al. [2]).
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Using Twitter to investigate seasonal variation in physical activity in urban green space Helen Roberts, Jon Sadler, Lee Chapman Published: 01 July 2017
Geo: Geography and Environment, doi: 10.1002/geo2.41
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To understand how the benefits of outdoor physical activity in urban green spaces are transferred to human populations, consideration must be given to when people are using them, what they are using them for and what factors may affect the use of space. This paper critically evaluates the use of crowdsourced Twitter data in an assessment of physical activity engagement in urban green spaces in an attempt to investigate the potential of these data in investigating urban socio-ecological interactions. A case study is presented in which Twitter data are used to assess the variance of physical activity engagement between two seasons (summer and winter). A number of factors including meteorology, park characteristics and amenities, and the role of organised sports events are explored in order to explain the observed findings. Understanding how physical activity engagement in urban green space varies seasonally is important in ensuring policy interventions to increase physical activity are targeted most effectively.
Article 1 Read 2 Citations How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities Christopher Thomas Boyko, Stephen J. Clune, Rachel F. D. Coo... Published: 29 April 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su9050701
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Recently, much of the literature on sharing in cities has focused on the sharing economy, in which people use online platforms to share underutilized assets in the marketplace. This view of sharing is too narrow for cities, as it neglects the myriad of ways, reasons, and scales in which citizens share in urban environments. Research presented here by the Liveable Cities team in the form of participant workshops in Lancaster and Birmingham, UK, suggests that a broader approach to understanding sharing in cities is essential. The research also highlighted tools and methods that may be used to help to identify sharing in communities. The paper ends with advice to city stakeholders, such as policymakers, urban planners, and urban designers, who are considering how to enhance sustainability in cities through sharing.
Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Shared environmental responses drive co-occurrence patterns in river bird communities Alexander Royan, S James Reynolds, David M Hannah, Christel ... Published: 25 October 2015
Ecography, doi: 10.1111/ecog.01703
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Article 0 Reads 7 Citations The OPAL bugs count survey: exploring the effects of urbanisation and habitat characteristics using citizen science Adam J. Bates, Poppy Lakeman Fraser, Lucy Robinson, John C. ... Published: 01 May 2015
Urban Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007/s11252-015-0470-8
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Delivering a Multi-Functional and Resilient Urban Forest James D. Hale, Thomas A. M. Pugh, Jon P. Sadler, Christopher... Published: 17 April 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7044600
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Tree planting is widely advocated and applied in urban areas, with large-scale projects underway in cities globally. Numerous potential benefits are used to justify these planting campaigns. However, reports of poor tree survival raise questions about the ability of such projects to deliver on their promises over the long-term. Each potential benefit requires different supporting conditions—relating not only to the type and placement of the tree, but also to the broader urban system within which it is embedded. This set of supporting conditions may not always be mutually compatible and may not persist for the lifetime of the tree. Here, we demonstrate a systems-based approach that makes these dependencies, synergies, and tensions more explicit, allowing them to be used to test the decadal-scale resilience of urban street trees. Our analysis highlights social, environmental, and economic assumptions that are implicit within planting projects; notably that high levels of maintenance and public support for urban street trees will persist throughout their natural lifespan, and that the surrounding built form will remain largely unchanged. Whilst the vulnerability of each benefit may be highly context specific, we identify approaches that address some typical weaknesses, making a functional, resilient, urban forest more attainable.