The Urban Living Birmingham consortium is identifying improvements to urban services by combining top-down urban governance with bottom-up lay and expert knowledge to provide an environment that emphasises and encourages innovations that generate a step change in urban service provision. It is doing this by bringing together, developing and applying end-user and open innovation processes (from business disciplines) and participatory and cooperative design principles (from urban design disciplines) to selected urban services and systems to co-create a resilient Birmingham that provides ‘better outcomes for people’ (BOP).

Read more about the project on the Urban Living Birmingham website.

The Urban Living Birmingham Consortium brings together the expertise of four universities; national and international academic institutions; and very many local, regional and national organisations. The core academic team, led by the University of Birmingham with Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Warwick, have world-leading track records in cities, engineering, services and social sciences; a portfolio of pioneering inter-disciplinary research; and a deep understanding of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The Urban Living Birmingham pilot research project was awarded in May 2016 following a successful bid to the Urban Living Partnership call for pilot projects. The other funded projects are exploring the cities of Bristol, York, Leeds and Newcastle. The project runs for 18 months from 1 June and is funded by RCUK with Innovate UK.

For any enquiries regarding this project please contact Joanne Leach, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, j.leach@bham.ac.uk; +44 (0)121 414 3544

Academic Team:

Principal Investigator



Project Support

  • Mrs Sarah Jeffery, University of Birmingham
  • Mr Richard Kenny, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)