Researchers involved in the Urban Initiative are actively publishing in the field of the ‘urban’. Some of our key publications are listed below and available for download.


Bassett R., Cai X.-M., Chapman L., Heaviside C., Thornes, J.E, 2017: The effects of heat advection on UK weather and climate observations in the vicinity of small urbanized areas, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Doi: 10.1007/s10546-017-0263-0

Bassett R., Cai X.-M., Chapman L., Heaviside C., Thornes, J.E, 2017: Methodology to separate urban from regional heat advection by use of the Weather Research and Forecasting mesoscale model, Quart. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., 141, DOI:10.1002/qj.3062.

Barlow, J., M. Best, S. Bohnenstengel, P. Clark, S. Grimmond, H. Lean, A.Christen, S. Emeis, M. Haeffelin, I. Harman, A. Lemonsu, A. Martilli, E. Pardyjak, M. Rotach, S. Ballard, I. Boutle, A. Brown, X. Cai, M. Carpentieri, O. Coceal, B. Crawford, S. Di Sabatino, J. Dou, D. Drew, J. Edwards, J. Fallmann, K., Fortuniak, J. Gornall, T. Gronemeier, C. Halios, D. Hertwig, K. Hirano, A. Holtslag, Z. Luo, G. Mills, M. Nakayoshi, K. Pain, K. Schlünzen, S. Smith, L. Soulhac, G. Steeneveld, T. Sun, N. Theeuwes, D. Thomson, J. Voogt, H. Ward, Z. Xie, and J. Zhong, 2017: Developing a research strategy to better understand, observe and simulate urban atmospheric processes at kilometre to sub-kilometre scales. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0106.1, in press.

Boyko, C.T.; Clune, S.J.; Cooper, R.F.D.; Coulton, C.J.; Dunn, N.S.; Pollastri, S.; Leach, J.M.; Bouch, C.J.; Cavada, M.; De Laurentiis, V.; Goodfellow-Smith, M.; Hale, J.D.; Hunt, D.K.G.; Lee, S.E.; Locret-Collet, M.; Sadler, J.P.; Ward, J.; Rogers, C.D.F.; Popan, C.; Psarikidou, K.; Urry, J.; Blunden, L.S.; Bourikas, L.; Büchs, M.; Falkingham, J.; Harper, M.; James, P.A.B.; Kamanda, M.; Sanches, T.; Tuner, P.; Wu, P.Y.; Bahaj, A.S.; Ortegon, A.; Barnes, K.; Cosgrave, E.; Honeybone, P.; Joffe, H.; Kwami, C.; Zeeb, V.; Collins, B.; Tyler, N. (2017 ) How Sharing Can Contribute to More Sustainable Cities. Sustainability9, 701.

Crilley, L., M. Shaw, R. Pound, L. J. Kramer, R. Price, S. Young, A. C. Lewis and F. D. Pope (2017) ‘Evaluation of a low-cost optical particle counter (Alphasense OPC-N2) for ambient air monitoring’ Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions

Fregonese, S. (November 2017) “Affective atmospheres, urban geopolitics and conflict (de)-escalation in Beirut” Political Geography 61. Ttps://

Fregonese, S. (2017) “Domestic urban geopolitics” in Rokem et al. (2017) Interventions in Urban Geopolitics.” Political Geography. Doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.04.004

Gong, Z. and Thill, J-C., 2017, ART-P-MAP Neural Network Modelling of Spatial Choices. Proceedings of 2017 International Conference on GeoComputation, Leeds, UK, Sep. 4-7, 2017 

Gong, Z. and Thill, J-C., 2017, Vector Field Based Approach to Reconstruct and Represent Functional Spaces with Areal Cartogram. Proceedings of the 25th GIS Research UK Conference, Manchester, UK, April 18-21, 2017

Gong, Z., Tang, W. and Thill, J-C., 2017, A Graph-based Locality-aware Approach to Scalable Parallel Agent-based Models of Spatial Interaction. In: Griffith D., Chun Y., Dean D. (eds) Advances in Geocomputation. Advances in Geographic Information Science. Springer, Cham

Gong, Z., Tang, W. and Thill, J-C., 2017, Massively Parallel Simulations of Agent-based Spatial Interaction: A Many-core Computing Approach with Spatial Big Data. Proceedings of the 20th AGILE International Conference on Geographic Information Science, Wageningen, Netherlands, May 9-12, 2017

GRIFFITHS, M. 2017, Foreign, Criminal: Doubly Damned Modern British FolkdevilCitizenship Studies, 21(5), 527-546

GRIFFITHS, M. 2017, Seeking asylum and the politics of family, Families, Relationships and Societies, 6 (1), 153-156

GRIFFITHS, M. 2017, The changing politics of time in the UK’s immigration system, in: Timespace and International Migration, MAVROUDI, E., CHRISTOU, A. & PAGE, B. (eds.), Camberley: Edward Elgar

Ilyinskaya, E., A. Schmidt, T. A. Mather, F. D. Pope, C. Witham, P. J. Baxter, T. Johansson,  S. Barsotti, M. Pfeffer, A. Singh, P. Sanderson, B. Bergsson, B. M. Kilbride, A. Donovan, N. J. Peters, C. Oppenheimer, M. Edmonds (2017) ‘Understanding the environmental impacts of large fissure eruptions: Aerosol and gas emissions from the 2014-2015 Holuhruan eruption (Iceland)’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 472, 309-322

Jones P, Isakjee A, Lorne C, Jam C & Warren S (2017) Urban landscapes and the atmosphere of place. Urban Morphology 21;1 29-40 

Khamis K, Bradley C, Stevens R, Hannah DM. Continuous field estimation of dissolved organic carbon concentration and biochemical oxygen demand using dual-wavelength fluorescence, turbidity and temperature. Hydrological Processes. 2017; 31:540–555 

Khamis, K., Bradley, C., Hannah, D., Stevens, R. 2017. A novel field method for continuous estimation of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC). Hydrological Processes. 31:540-555 

Khamis, K., Bradley, C. and Hannah, D.M. (2017), Understanding dissolved organic matter dynamics in urban catchments: insights from in situ fluorescence sensor technology. WIREs Water, e1259. doi:10.1002/wat2.1259

Macintyre, H. L., C. Heaviside, J. Taylor, R. Picetti, P. Symonds, X.-M. Cai, S. Vardoulakis, 2017: Assessing urban population vulnerability and environmental risks across an urban area during heatwaves – implications for health protection, Science of the Total Environment, in press. Doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.062

Mahmood, M. A., J.E. Thornes, F. D. Pope, P. Fisher, S. Vardoulakis (2017) ‘Impact of air temperature on London ambulance call-out incidents and response times’. Climate, 5, 61 

Osborne T & Jones P (2017) Biosensing and geography: a mixed methods approach.  Applied Geography 87, 160-169

Pant, P., Z. Shi, F. D. Pope, R. M. Harrison (2017) ‘Characterization of traffic-related particulate matter emissions in a road tunnel in Birmingham, UK: trace metals and organic molecular markers’. Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 17, 117-130. 

Ramadan, A. and Fregonese, S. (2017) “Hybrid Sovereignty and the State of Exception in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107 (4): 949-963.

Rokem, J., Fregonese,S., Ramadan, A., Pascucci, E. Rosen, G. Charney, I. Paasche,T.F. and Sidaway, J.D. (2017, in press, corrected proof). “Interventions in Urban Geopolitics.” Political Geography. Doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.04.004

Ropkins, R., T. H. DeFries, F. D. Pope, D. C. Green, J. Kemper, S. Kishan, G. W. Fuller, H. Li, J. Sidebottom, L. R. Crilley, L. Kramer, W. J. Bloss, J. S. Hager (2017) ‘Evaluation of EDAR vehicle emissions remote sensing technology’. Science of the Total Environment, 609, 1464-1474

Singh, A., W.J. Bloss, F.D. Pope (2017) ’60 years of UK visibility measurements: impact of meteorology and atmospheric pollutants on visibility’.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2085-2101 

Whitehand,J.W.R, Conzen, M.P and Gu, K.2017, Plan analysis of historical cities: a Sino-European comparison, Urban Morphology 20; 2, 139-158 

Zandieh R, Flacke J, Martinez J, Jones P & van Maarseveen M (2017) Do inequalities in neighbourhood walkability drive disparities in older adults’ outdoor walking?  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14;7 1-22

ZHANG, A.Y. 2018. Thinking temporally when thinking relationally: temporality in relational place-making. Geoforum. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.02.007.

Zhong, J., X.-M. Cai and W. J. Bloss, 2017: Large eddy simulation of reactive pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Coupling dynamics with O3-NOx-VOC chemistry, Environmental Pollution, 224:171-184, doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.01.076.


Andres, L & Golubchikov, G., (2016), The limits to artists-led regeneration: creative brownfields in the cities of high culture, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 

Bassett R., X.-M. Cai, L. Chapman, C. Heaviside, J.E. Thornes, C.L. Muller, D.T. Young, E.L. Warren, 2016: Observations of urban heat island advection from a high-density monitoring network, Quart. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., 142: 2434–2441, DOI:10.1002/qj.2836 

Day, R; Walker, G., Simcock, N. (2016) Conceptualising energy use and energy poverty using a capabilities framework, Energy Policy, 93, pp. 255-264

Heaviside, C., S. Vardoulakis, X.-M. Cai, 2016: Attribution of mortality to the Urban Heat Island during heatwaves in the West Midlands, UK, Environmental Health (Special Issue on Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability), 15 (Suppl 1):27, 49-59. DOI 10.1186/s12940-016-0100-9

Jones P & Jam C (2016) Creating ambiances, co-constructing place: a poetic transect across the city.  Area. 48;3 317-324

Jones P & Warren S (2016) Time, rhythm & the creative economy.Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 41;3 286-296 

O'Neill, J., X.-M. Cai and R. Kinnersley, 2016: Stochastic backscatter modelling for the prediction of pollutant removal from an urban street canyon: a large-eddy simulation, Atmospheric Environment, 142, 9-18. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.07.024 

O'Neill, J., X.-M. Cai and R. Kinnersley, 2016: Improvement of a stochastic backscatter model and application to large-eddy simulation of street canyon flow, Quart. J. Royal Meteorol. Soc., 142, 1121–1132, DOI:10.1002/qj.2715

Irina Nikolova, A. R. MacKenzie, X.-M. Cai, M. S. Alam, and R. M. Harrison, 2016: Modelling component evaporation and composition change of traffic-induced ultrafine particles during travel from street canyon to urban background, Faraday Discussions, 189, 529-546, doi:10.1039/C5FD00164A

Plummer, K.E., Hale, J.D., O’Callaghan, M.J., Sadler, J.P. & Siriwardena, G.M. (2016) Investigating the impact of street lighting changes on garden moth communities. Journal of Urban Ecology 2 (part 1), 2(1), doi: 10.1093/jue/juw004

Simcock N, Walker G, Day R (2016)  Fuel poverty in the UK: Beyond heating? People, Place and Policy 10 (1), 25-41

Thornes, J.E, A. Hickman, C. Baker, X.-M. Cai, and J.M. Delgado Saborit, 2016: Air Quality in Enclosed Railway Stations, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport, Paper 1500094, doi:10.1680/jtran.15.00094.

Walker, G., Simcock, N. Day, R (2016) Necessary energy uses and a minimum standard of living in the United Kingdom: Energy justice or escalating expectations? Energy Research & Social Science, 18, pp. 129-138

Warren, E. L., D. T. Young, L. Chapman, C. L. Muller, C.S.B. Grimmond, and X.-M. Cai, 2016, The Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory – A high density, urban meteorological dataset, from 2012 –2014, Scientific Data, Nature, 3:160038, doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.38.

Zandieh R, Martinez J, Flacke J, Jones P & van Maarseveen M (2016) Older adults’ outdoor walking: inequalities in neighbourhood safety, pedestrian infrastructure and aesthetics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13;12 1-24

Zhong, J., X.-M. Cai and W. J. Bloss, 2016: Modelling photochemical pollutants in a deep urban street canyon: Application of a coupled two-box model approximation, Atmospheric Environment, 143, 86-107. Doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.027 

Zhong, J., X.-M. Cai and W. J. Bloss, 2016: Coupling dynamics and chemistry in the air pollution modelling of street canyons: A review, Environmental Pollution, 214, 690-704. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2016.04.052


Khamis K, Sorensen JPR, Bradley C, Hannah DM, Lapworth DJ, Stevens R. 2015. In situ tryptophan-like fluorometers: assessing turbidity and temperature effects for freshwater applications. Environmental science. Processes & impacts 17:740–52. DOI: 10.1039/c5em00030k