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 sustainability 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 and sustainability stakeholders in Greater Manchester, 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

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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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.

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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. 

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