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Planning and Environmental Management

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Postgraduate research

We recruit high-calibre students from all over the world to join our research team.

Planning and Environmental Management provides a vibrant and nurturing research environment for those who are interested in pursuing research in:

  • urban and regional planning
  • future cities and data analysis
  • environmental planning and management
  • environmental impact assessment
  • green infrastructure, urban design and regeneration
  • housing and property development.

In the UK 2014 Research Excellent Framework assessment exercise, 99% of our research activities were considered as internationally recognised, with an exceptionally high proportion (75%) judged to be internationally excellent or world leading. Staff members and research students are also active in engaging with the Manchester Urban Institute, particularly via the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory and the Global Urbanism Research Group.


Our research focuses on research in the UK, Europe and other international arena such as China and Latin America. Our current funded research projects include:

  • ESRC-NSFC Newton Fund Collaborative Research project, Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Regions of China
  • Transportation and the socio-spatial dimensions of travel to work flows, funded by the ESRC
  • RESIN - Climate Resilient Cities and Infrastructures, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme.
  • Green Growth: Increasing the Resilience of Cities through the Delivery of Green Infrastructure Based Solutions, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council
  • Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA), funded by NERC
  • Migration, Urbanisation and Governance in China, funded by The University of Manchester's Hallsworth Research Fund in Chinese Political Economy
  • Infrastructure development and sustainable spatial growth: the case of HSR development in the Yangtze River Delta, China, funded by The University of Manchester's Hallsworth Research Fund in Chinese Political Economy
  • Planning for Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood Changefunded from the CUHK-UoM Research Fund

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