Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson


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Research work

My PhD was supervised jointly by an urban designer and a neuro-psychologist at Cambridge University. This research focuses on sustainable city and neighbourhood design, in relation to Subjective Wellbeing and the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Together we have developed new robust tools and ‘action research’ approaches - helping improve quality of insight and causal inference. This has prompted high-profile debate, leading to substantive change in national policy and the take-up of new methods and tools in nine different countries.

I helped secure large-scale transdisciplinary research and lead on the wellbeing, or social impact aspects. These include GrowGreen, CUSSH (Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health) and GHIA (Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing influences for an Ageing Population). These projects involve working with a range of academics, local communities, local authorities, city mayors and third sector organisations. 

I work on the Manchester Urban Observatory, an EPSRC funded UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). This involves testing and developing novel digital data collection and analysis techniques, such as wireless and portable cameras, sensors and wearables.

I co-supervise two ESRC Data Analytics and Society PhD candidates, developing and piloting data collection involving the use of automated behaviour observation and Experience Sampling Methods (ESM) via smart phones and web-based platforms. 

Practitioner work

I have worked on 75+ projects, either leading or supporting planning and design excellence for investors, developers, local and city-region governments.

This includes overarching wellbeing strategy, guidance and a Flourishing Index for one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects – Brent Cross Town, in London. I am fortunate to work with progressive clients and collaborators such as C40, UKGBC, Los Angeles government’s Sustainability Department, Manchester City Council, Argent Related, Her Majesty’s Crown Estate, Marks & Spencer, Lendlease, Yoo Capital and Igloo Regeneration.

Work undertaken for Igloo's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) policy was recognised by the UN, as the first SRI policy in Europe, and represents a key precursor to the 'S' in current ESG approaches.

I have substantial experience of stakeholder collaboration, undertake invited lectures and plenary presentations, and have media experience, liaising with mainstream television producers and journalists.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Urban wellbeing, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 30 May 2014

Master of Arts, Town Planning, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 13 Aug 2004

Master of Arts, Urban design (Distinction), Oxford Brookes University

External positions

Director , Urban 360 Ltd

25 Jun 2022 → …

Head of Wellbeing & C:Lab member, Buro Happold

International Wellbeing Institute (IWBI) - WELL advisor

Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) network fellow

UK What Works Wellbeing Centre – advisor

Happy City Initiative, Bristol – index advisor

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • H Social Sciences (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


  • Wellbeing
  • urban design
  • city planning
  • digital methods
  • systems thinking


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