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.