Built Environment (RISE)

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Nick Taylor Buck

Research Associate



Urban Institute
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
The University of Sheffield
219 Portobello
S1 4DP
United Kingdom


Nick is a Research Associate in the Urban Institute, with responsibility for developing interdisciplinary collaborations with science, engineering and technology. He has a PhD in the natural sciences and leads on collaborative research and publications with the faculties of Science and Engineering.

Recent activities and achievements

His research interests are in sustainable design and development and integrated infrastructures, specifically: organisational decision making; responsive cities and the use of unused land and buildings; the role of biomimicry in the design process; the role of aesthetics in sustainability; and the development of integrated infrastructures as socio-technical systems, particularly the crucial role of ‘institutional architectures’ within this process.

Journal articles 

Peer Reviewed:

Taylor Buck, N. (2015). The art of imitating life: The potential contribution of biomimicry in shaping the future of our cities. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. doi:10.1177/0265813515611417

Taylor Buck, N., & While, A. (2015). Competitive urbanism and the limits to smart city innovation: The UK Future Cities initiative. Urban Studies. doi:10.1177/0042098015597162

Taylor Buck, N. (2014). The Principles of Green Urbanism: Transforming the City for Sustainability. Housing Studies, (May), 1–2. doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.878102

Buck, N., & Callaghan, T. V. (1999). The Direct and Indirect Effects of Enhanced UV-B on the Moth Caterpillar Epirrita autumnata. Ecological Bulletins, 47, 68–76

Not peer reviewed:

Wild, T. & Taylor Buck, N. (2015). Nature and UK Cities: The Future Is Now. Ecosystems News, (10), 4–7.

Peer reviewed paper publications – in review:

Taylor Buck, N., Dunning, R., & McLean, A. (In review). Conceptualizing the design/adaptation process of resilient integrated infrastructures. Infrastructure Complexity

Conference papers, workshops and seminars

Taylor Buck, N. & While, A.W. Positioning the Urban within Innovation and Research Policy. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference. London, UK, Sep 2016.

Taylor Buck, N. Biomimicry and Cities. Ellen MacArthur Foundation Disruptive Innovation Festival. Online, November 2015.

Taylor Buck, N., MacCowan, R. Nature: Time for a Re-Think. The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) 19th Annual Conference. Leeds, UK, March 2015.

Taylor Buck, N. The Art of Imitating Life: The Potential Contribution of Biomimicry in Shaping the Future of Our Cities. University of Sheffield, Faculty of Social Science conference. Sheffield, UK, September 2014.

Payne, S., Taylor Buck, N., While, A. Market Housebuilding and the Mixed Economy of Low Carbon Regulation: the case of zero carbon housing in the UK. Housing Studies Association Conference ‘The Value of Housing’, York, UK, April 2014

Working papers

Taylor Buck, N. & Coca, D. (to be submitted) Standing On the Shoulders Of Bionts: Learning From Natural Systems To Improve City Decision Making. Urban Institute Working Paper (available on request)


Final report published on line by grant funder (peer reviewed)