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.
Combatting energy injustices
We're tackling energy poverty across Europe.
Everyday impacts of austerity
Our researtch into the everyday impacts of austerity has informed ther work of key influential organisations and changed public perceptions of austerity.
Creating a sustainable infrastructure
We've transformed sustainable infrastructure provision at a local and global level.
The University's Energy Poverty Dashboard is bringing to light essential data that will help inform future energy policies across Europe.
Gender equality in global value chains
We're helping organisations realise and implement gender-equitable strategies to benefit their female workforce.
Improving development policy to deliver inclusive growth and reduce poverty
Our research into the politics of development encouraged the UK government to launch inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction programmes.
Manchester experts are using their expertise to help build and maintain strong community and stakeholder engagement in restoring post-industrial landscapes.
New-generation Children’s Zones
Protecting UK rural communities at risk of flooding
Research at The University of Manchester is demonstrating that landscape restoration offers a low-cost way to reduce flood risk.
Reducing household water demand in a water-scarce future
Research from The University of Manchester is helping the UK government and water sector create new approaches for understanding current and future water demand.
Reducing waste at festivals
University of Manchester researchers have helped Glastonbury Festival reduce waste via education and behavioural change initiatives.
Restoring peatlands for carbon storage
The upland peatlands of the UK have been severely eroded because of industrial pollution, overgrazing, drainage, and other human actions.
Research from the University of Manchester has highlighted how we can support socially vulnerable and climate-disadvantaged communities.
Supporting planners to understand social and spatial vulnerability to climate change
Researchers have developed a tool to illustrate the impacts of climate change on difference communities, helping to identify vulnerable groups and improve local planning responses.
Sustainability through group farming
Our research shows how group farming initiatives can provide a sustainable livelihood.
Tackling cardiovascular disease
We're helping to extend life expectancy and improve public health.
Transforming school support for children and young people’s wellbeing
We're transforming the way that schools identify, monitor, and provide support for their pupils' mental health.
Promoting equity in undergraduate admissions
Changing how young people apply for higher education courses.