Tony has worked on the Liveable Cities, Urban Living Birmingham, and Self-Repairing Cities projects at Birmingham University. He has been carrying out research on urban metabolism and flows and investigating the opportunities and challenges of transforming connectivity and mobility for healthier, cleaner and more efficient cities.
Previously he was Co-Investigator on an East of England Development Agency funded project to develop and apply the software for an Integrated Economic and Spatial Modelling Tool. This was a state-of-the-art spatial interaction model linked to input-output social accounting matrices.
This modelling tool built on research from two successive EPSRC funded Sustainable Urban Environments projects. The ReVISIONS research project was a consortium of 7 universities led by Cambridge University. Tony was the Researcher Co-Investigator and Project Manager and led the research on linking the macro scale modelling of cities to the future building types and how this would affect the potential for decentralised building and community scale technologies for energy, transport, water and waste. This used the London city region and the main case study area and included collaboration with Tsinghua University and University of Sao Paulo on comparative case studies of Beijing and Sao Paulo.
The SOLUTIONS research project was a consortium of 5 university partners led by Cambridge University. Tony was the named researcher and Project Manager. It used government owned land use transport interaction models to design and test land use and transport options for London, Cambridge, and Tyne & Wear city regions and assess their sustainability. The project had financial support from the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It had a big impact on the debate about urban densities.
The above research emerged from methods developed on the Cambridge Futures Study. Tony was the researcher who carried out the testing of transport options in combination with long-term spatial planning scenarios using a land use transport interaction model. Tony helped contribute evidence to the Examination in Public of the Structure Plan which marked a radical change in the Sub-regional planning policy. New development is now being located in and around Cambridge to reduce travel distances and help to reduce housing costs.