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


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


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


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


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

Latest news

New Case Studies and Student Projects

21st May, 2015

Over the last few months, the University Living Lab has been working to establish a number of new partnerships and projects, including Living Lab proposals for the Manchester Engineering Campus Development and collaborations with Environmental Sustainability Advisers on campus. The outcomes of these efforts will be published in due course.


Horizon 2020 Triangulum - Demonstrate, disseminate, replicate for smart green growth

5th February, 2015

Triangulum is a €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the world. Starting with the 1st February, The University of Manchester is working with the cities of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Stavanger in Norway to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions while boosting the economy. Next week all European partners will meet in Manchester for the launch of the 5-year project. 


Living Lab Presentation, October 15th, 2-4pm

9th October, 2014

The University Living Lab team are giving a project update next Wednesday, in the university's Sustainability in the Curriculum meeting. As well as highlighting the latest updates to the website, the team will also discuss some of the new campus-based opportunities available to staff and students interested in environmental sustainanility.

Come along to University Place Room 5.206 between 2-4pm. All welcome!