Welcome to the University Living Lab!

The University Living Lab is developing the University of Manchester campus as a site for applied teaching and research around sustainability and low carbon. This site provides a platform for collaboration between researchers, students, external stakeholders and the Directorate of Estates and Facilities to deploy and monitor new technologies and services in real world settings.

On this site you can find people, courses and projects relating to specific research areas. The opportunities tab is regularly updated with opportunities to work with the Estates Directorate, many of which are associated with the £1 billion relocation of the North Campus. It also hosts an application form for proposing projects to them. Other tabs at the top of the screen provide case studies of existing projects, news and updates, as well as more academic resources relating to the Living Lab approach.

Please email us at livinglabs@manchester.ac.uk if you have any feedback or would like to be added to our database.

The University Living lab initiative has been generously funded by the University of Manchester Research Institute and the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Sustainability Database

People

There are hundreds of academic and professional support staff at the University who deal with sustainability.

Research

There are more than 80 current and recently completed projects in the field of sustainability taking place across the University.

Groupings

Sustainability is covered by a large range of organisations across the entire University, ranging from individual disciplines to large research centres.

Courses

There are over 100 taught modules involving more than 6500 students at the University.

Latest news

Collaborative research in action at the ESRC Festival of Social Science

24th November, 2015

This year’s ESRC Festival of Social Science took place form 7-14 November with over 200 events across the UK. It is aimed at sharing the work of social scientists with the wider public and offering insights into how social science research impacts on our daily lives. The University Living Lab took this opportunity to explore the Living Lab approach and its role in collaborative research.

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Six million hours for sustainability? Paper on University Living Labs published

22nd July, 2015

What can we achieve when we mobilise University students and researchers for sustainability efforts? How do we bring together research and real-world applied solutions on our campuses? These are the questions addressed in a new article by the ULL team, published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Click here for the full article (available for free unti early September).

 

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Call for Living Lab proposals for Schuster Annexe

15th June, 2015

There is now an new opportunity for Living Lab ideas to be included into a building project on campus. The project will add a new Annexe to the Schuster building, home to the School of Physics and Astronomy. Work is due to start this summer and is expected to finish in 2017. We are looking for research and teaching projects or recent innovations with a relevance to sustainability that could be implemented, tested and demonstrated in the new Annexe.

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