Research activity per year

Personal profile


Since May 2012 Joanne Leach has been a researcher on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council- (EPSRC-) funded programme grant Liveable Cities, which aims to create an holistic, integrated, truly multi-disciplinary city analysis methodology, which uniquely integrates wellbeing indicators, is founded on an evidence base of trials of radical interventions in cities, and delivers realistic and radical engineering solutions. In June 2016, Joanne started to split her time between Liveable Cities and the Urban Living Birmingham pilot project. The Urban Living Birmingham project was awarded in May 2016 following a successful bid to the Urban Living Partnership call for pilot projects. It runs for 18 months. The project 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.

Prior to Liveable Cities, Joanne worked as a project manager on multi-disciplinary research projects in the field of sustainable urban environments. These included VivaCity2020 and Designing Resilient Cities.

Research interests

Joanne’s research interests are varied, but have a common focus: sustainable cities. These include understanding and assessing urban sustainability and liveability, futures thinking and designing for future resilience, crime and fear of crime and soundscapes. She is particularly interested in how to facilitate the decision-making processes of local authorities to ensure future resilience along a path of increasing sustainability and liveability.


Currently studying for a PhD in Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

M.Sc. (Distinction) in Design Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK, 2010

BSc (Hons) International Business with a minor in mathematics, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 1995

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Sustainable urban environments
  • sustainability
  • cities
  • liveability
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • sustainable urban environment
  • sustainability
  • cities
  • liveability


Dive into the research topics where Joanne Leach is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or
  • Reed Mallik Prize

    Leach, Joanne (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)