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School of Environment, Education and Development

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Research with impact

Our research is well positioned to evaluate and address both current and emerging societal challenges within the Global North and South.

Our work focuses on four thematic research areas:

  1. Environmental change
  2. Governance, policy and practice
  3. Poverty and social justice
  4. Urbanism

Our research

The School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) actively engages with practitioners, policy-makers and a selection of public and commercial clients in the North-West region, and further afield.

In bringing together conceptual, policy-oriented and engaged research strands, we are able to effectively contribute to the University’s ‘Addressing inequalities’ and ‘Ethical grand challenges’ signature programmes.


Key examples include our work on sustainability and educational disadvantage:

For more information, please see the 'Impact' pages in our research section.


Through targeted interdisciplinary research, SEED continues to build capacity to publicise and deliver social impact through engagement with local and international partners.

This includes targeted projects building on completed research such as our work on the design of social housing:

It also includes projects with local economic and cultural institutions, linking our research and our teaching.  For example, our work with Manchester’s cultural corridor: