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


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

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!


Welcome to the University Living Lab website!

7th February, 2014

The University Living Lab: transforming the campus through research and teaching

The University Living Lab initiative has one simple aim – to apply the knowledge and research capacity of students and staff to the real world challenges that face the University campus.


Workshop Presentations Now Online

19th September, 2013

Videos of the presentations and closing discussion from our recent workshop and now available to view online.

Dr James Evans and Dr Ross Jones