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.
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.
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.
Joanne joined the School in May 2008 to work on the EPSRC-funded research project: Sustainable Regeneration – from Evidence-based Urban Futures to Implementation. She is a highly experienced Programme Manager and researcher on cross-disciplinary research in sustainable urban environments (SUE) and has been involved in the high profile, EPSRC-funded SUE programme including SUE1: VivaCity2020, £2.9M; SUE2: Sustainable Regeneration, £3.1M; and the recently-awarded Programme Grant: Liveable Cities, £6.3M. She has been involved in numerous urban sustainability-related projects and initiatives, covering issues from crime to soundscapes.
She is currently involved in a UK Policy Commission on Future Cities and has recently co-authored consultation responses on UK infrastructure (commissioned by Lord Armitt), the UK’s Sustainable Development Indicators (commissioned by defra) and the UK Lane Rental Scheme (commission by the Department for Transport). Her current research focuses upon city analysis methodologies, incorporating the broad range of sustainability issues and future resilience. She is particularly adept at working across disciplines, working within multi-disciplinary research teams (from civil engineers to social psychologists) to address wicked problems such as sustainability, resilience and climate change mitigation.