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Research projects


  • Understanding and reducing people’s vulnerability to environmental insecurity;
  • Identifying feasible and socially just means of altering systems of water supply, energy supply and everyday commodity provision;
  • Unpacking and advancing the politics and practices of sustainability transitions in contemporary urban contexts;
  • Theorising the society-nature nexus;
  • Theorising and substantiating the urban process as a contested assemblage of entangled social and physical processes; and
  • Interrogating the political and spatial challenges associated with on-going transformations of the global energy system in response to climate change and security challenges.

Current research

Stefan Bouzarovski

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Alison Browne

  • 2013- ongoing. The Unilever/SCI Strategic Research partnership on ‘Environmental Leapfrogging in the Global South’. Funded by Unilever/SCI Strategic Partnership (PI with Dr David Evans, SCI/Sociology) (£160,000)
  • 2013-2015 INTERREG IVB funded ‘DROP project’ on drought adaptation and governance (PI).  €6.358.546,35 from EU’s Interreg IVB (UoM - €185,618)
  • 2012-ongoing. ‘Cultures of Hygiene and Cleanliness’ in the UK – exploring dynamics and cultures of cleanliness, hygiene and disruption. Funded by ESRC Patterns of Water project, and UCL ‘Bridging the Gaps’ fund (Dr Russell Hichings, UCL).

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James Evans

  • 2015-2020: ‘Triangulum: the three point project’ (demonstrate, disseminate, replicate), EU Horizon 2020 Lighthouse, € 25,420,598.
  • 2014-2017: ‘Advancing Urban Innovation: Living Labs for Sustainable Building and Planning’, Formas (Swedish Research Council with IIEE at Lund University), £126 566.
  • 2014 - ongoing: ‘Shaping the Future City? Enabling world-class sustainable development (Manchester Cycling Lab)’, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Manchester City Council, £32,999. (PI) @mcrcyclinglab
  • 2013-2015. ‘University Living Lab for Sustainability’. The University of Manchester Research Institute / HEIF / EPSRC KT, £73,000.
  • 2014-2017. Funded collaboration with IIEE (International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics), Lund University, Sweden. Funded collaboration with scholars at the Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics to develop joint publications, conduct comparative research, advise on the EU-funded GUST project and develop a credit-rated PhD training programme on urban living labs. The collaboration involves four visits totalling nine months.
  • 2012-2015. Collaboration with Durham (Geography) and Salford Universities (Urban and Regional Futures Research Centre) around ‘infralabs’ research agenda including annual visits and yearly workshop.
  • 2012-2014. Collaboration with Stockholm Resilience Centre (visiting teaching and PhD examination duties). Stockholm University, Sweden.

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Saska Petrova

  • ‘Community retrofit and social housing in Manchester’ (CHARISMA)
  • ‘Energy vulnerability in Central and Eastern Europe’ (EVALUATE)

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Erik Swyngedouw

  • Sept – Nov 2014. ESRC-NEXUS Grant ‘Politicising the nexus: Nexus Technologies, Urban Circulation and the Co-Production of Water-Energy’ (with J. Williams and S. Bouzarovski) (£5K)
  • 2012-2016. Partner in Marie Curie Initial Doctoral Training Program on ‘Environmental Conflict’ (ENTITLE): European Union Funded Doctoral Program (funding 13 doctoral fellows and 4 post-doctoral fellows across 12 institutions) (with Maria Kaika and Gavin Bridge) (total funding: 3.5 million Euro; Manchester part k€ 450)
  • 2015-2017. Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Award (with Dr. Filippo Menga), September 2015 – August 2017 (€183,455). Project: DAM-NET: Dam-nations? A study on dams, nation-building and transboundary water relations through case studies from Ethiopia and Tajikistan.
  • 2015-2018. ESRC/DFID Project (with H. Ernstson (Cape Town/Stockholm/Stanford) and M. Lawhon), (£312,000  - full funding).
  • Project: Turning livelihoods to rubbish? Assessing the impacts of formalization and technologisation of waste management on the urban poor.

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