The aim of our research is to understand the world within which we live, and directly change it for the better.
Individuals and teams from across the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) are involved in many research projects that are making a transformative impact in society, on policy, and in the wider world.
- Cecilia Wong is partaking in a research partnership supporting UK 2070, an independent Commission into the UK’s regional inequalities. The partnership is examining the nature of inequalities across the UK, explore the costs and consequences, identify underlying causes, and making recommendations for new policies to tackle the problems of left-behind places, whilst supporting the sustainable growth of successful places.
- Diana Mitlin is examining the complex problems of urban development in 13 African cities through the Global Development Institute (GDI)’s African Cities Research Consortium - undertaking engaged, action research designed to catalyse integrated, sustainable approaches to urban development.
- Joanne Tippett is working with Natural England as they launch a national Nature Recovery Network, tackling the challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change, and wellbeing.
- Kate Scott is working with the Committee on Climate Change and the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group to review the UK’s long-range carbon targets and map out a decarbonisation roadmap for the UK industry.
- Lukasz Stanek has won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award for a book investigating the collaboration between Eastern European architects, planners, and construction workers with those in West Africa and the Middle East during the Cold War.
- Neil Humphrey is working with leaders from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and all of the city region's secondary schools on a pioneering project that will survey children about their wellbeing and preparedness for life beyond school, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sarah Marie Hall is leading a £1.5million austerity and altered life courses project, funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)'s Future Leaders Fellowship scheme. The research will explore how ten years of austerity policies across Europe have affected young people’s life courses.
Learn more about out how our research has been making a difference through our case studies below.
- £13 million peat restoration for Peak District National Park
- Field-based learning: Multidisciplinary mobile mapping methods
- Tackling urban overheating
- The DROP project: The role of governance in drought adaptation
- The European Network for Political Ecology (ENTiTLE)
- Triangulum: Demonstrating smart green growth in urban areas
- Wildfire officially recognised as a major UK hazard
- Antipoverty cash transfers in the global South
- Cadbury invests £45 million in sourcing fair trade cocoa
- Capacity development and policy influence in Zimbabwe
- Farm scale and viability
- Food security in Africa: Crop choice, gender and children
- Growing up on the streets
- Improving NGO practice and accountability
- National social protection strategies in Bangladesh
- The lived experience of climate change: A Story of one piece of land in Dhaka
- Truce? Imperial War Museum challenges visitors on the complexities of peace-making
- Upgrading informal settlements via women-led community action
- Urban youth, poverty and inequality in Tanzania
- What works for grassroots-led development?
- Coalition Government overhauls its educational strategy
- Manchester schools rise to the challenge to improve
- Mapping information landscapes in the workplace
- Maths makes more sense
- Strategies to break links between social and educational disadvantage
- Teenagers' Experiences of Life in Lockdown (TELL)
- The BBC Loneliness Experiment