Sustainability Database

Groupings

Sustainability is covered by a large range of organisations across the entire University, ranging from individual disciplines to large research centres. This page lists over 100 organisations that relate to sustainability in an easily searchable format. By clicking on an organisation it is also possible to see its members and links to research projects and other organisations.

Directorate of Estates and Facilities

The Directorate of Estates and Facilities forms part of the University’s Professional Support Services and it is the Directorate’s duty to manage the University estate and to provide a safe, sustainable, efficient and comfortable environment for our staff, students and visitors.

Keywords: 
Built environment, Universities, Estates

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Office for Social Responsibility

Social responsibility describes the way we are making a difference to the social and economic well-being of our communities through our teaching, research and public events and activities. Social responsibility is one of our three core strategic goals in our Manchester 2020 strategy, sitting equally alongside our commitments to world-class research and outstanding learning and student experience.

We have committed to pursuing change across five social responsibility priorities:

Keywords: 
Social responsibility, corporate sustainability, Sustainability, Student engagement, Community, Public engagement, Engagement

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Directorate for the Student Experience

The Directorate for the Student Experience (DSE) was established in January 2011 to facilitate a joined up approach to the delivery of services to students throughout the student lifecycle and to provide leadership to enhance the student experience.

The Directorate is underpinned by a set of core values in support of the University's strategic goals which are intended to drive creation of excellence for every student through partnership.

Keywords: 
Student engagement, Student support

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Students' Union

Social Responsibility Group

Purpose of the group

Keywords: 
Student engagement, Student support, Engagement

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Manchester Leadership Programme

The Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP) is unique to the University of Manchester and provides students with the opportunity to enhance their university experience, while giving something back to the wider community.

MLP students learn about the challenges facing society in the 21st century, and the leadership approaches needed to address them, both in theory and in real-world practice. The programme also helps students to develop the skills and experiences that graduate employers seek.

Keywords: 
Interdisciplinary, Education for Sustainable Development, Leadership

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University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

The University College for Interdisciplinary Learning presents an opportunity for students at The University of Manchester to broaden their educational horizons. It will offer course units that showcase the breadth and depth of research and knowledge found at the University and encourage students to go beyond the boundaries of their degree programme.

Keywords: 
Interdisciplinary, sustainability teaching, Education for Sustainable Development, Education

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Engagement@Manchester

We seek to lead on public engagement in all forms, providing expertise in public discourse and policy development, listening to the wider community, and involving the public in our work.

Keywords: 
Engagement, Public engagement, Community, Social responsibility, Universities

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policy@manchester

Policy@Manchester is an initiative which has been created to showcase the contribution of academics from The University of Manchester to public policy development in the UK.

Universities act as important sources of knowledge, expertise and research for government and other policy makers. We have one of the biggest and best groups of academics engaged in such activities both in the UK and internationally, however, as we are such a large organisation this level of policy engagement can be overlooked.

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Food@Manchester

From field to fork, its production, distribution and consumption impacts the daily lives of people all over the world.

As populations continue to grow and our climate continues to change, food and delivering food security become issues increasingly worthy of deeper investigation.

Keywords: 
Food, food and eating, Food supply, sustainable food consumption

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School of Environment, Education and Development

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Environmental Sustainability Team

Keywords: 
Environment, Sustainability, Estates, Workplace engagement

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Human Resources

Keywords: 
Engagement, Workplace engagement

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Environment and Ecology

The Faculty of Life Science's Environment and Ecology research theme (Directed by Prof Richard Preziosi) focuses on applied research that addresses 21st century environmental challenges.

The food we eat, the water we drink, and the fuel that powers our industries are all dwindling resources that we harvest from the world around us. As our populations expand and natural areas are converted to farmland and cities, we lose the services that nature provided for free.

Keywords: 
Environment, Ecology, Biology, Biodiversity

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Manchester Business School

Keywords: 
Business, Business engagement, Economy, Innovation

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Mechanical Engineering and Energy Team

The M&E Team is responsible for specifying, developing and overseeing the utilities infrastructure.

The team has to balance the requirements of reducing energy and utilities consumption in line with agreed (legal and best practice) targets, while providing a suitable environment for University activities to be undertaken.

The responsibilities for the team fall into the following areas:

Keywords: 
Estates, Engineering

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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Keywords: 
Transport, Emissions, Energy, Civil engineering, Engineering, Aerospace

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Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Keywords: 
Health, Care

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Residential Services

Efficient and effective facilities and accommodation services are provided by the Accommodation OfficeManchester Student Homes, Hall Administration Offices, Domestic and Portering Services and Pastoral Care

Keywords: 
Built environment, Student engagement, Estates

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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is internationally recognised in the fields of human cultures, beliefs, institutions and languages. Our ambition is to position the Arts at the core of the University’s mission and at the forefront of its international reputation. Attracting the best research and teaching talent, we aim to set the agenda both in terms of our research and the educational environment we offer. Our objective is to give students the highest quality educational experience, where they are taught and guided by inspiring academics and highly sought after by employers.

Keywords: 
Arts, Culture, Society, Religion

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School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

Chemical engineers have been described as "universal engineers" for their multidisciplinarity, versatility and diverse involvement in the development of new manufacturing technologies. Analytical scientists can equally be regarded as 'universal scientists', since all scientific research and quality control relies on their specialist knowledge in measurement and analysis.

Keywords: 
Chemicals, Engineering

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School of Computer Science

Keywords: 
Information technology, Computer science

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Research Centre for Radwaste and Decommissioning

The RCRD is dedicated to research and training into the safe containment and disposal of radioactive wastes, the decommissioning of contaminated nuclear plant and the containment and remediation of radionuclides in the environment.

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste

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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Consumption is a hugely powerful force.

The sustainability challenges we face stem largely from an explosion in consumption, and the corresponding exploitation of finite resources. To successfully respond to these challenges, we must now radically reduce the resource intensity of everyday lives.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, corporate sustainability, Consumption, sustainable consumption

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Society and Environment Research Group

The Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) comprises researchers from the School of Environment and Development and the School of Social Sciences at Manchester University . The SERG is one of the largest groupings of environmental social scientists in the UK and internationally. It contains internationally distinguished researchers and early career scholars who are fast gaining recognition for their work. Group members share a common interest in the causes and consequences of environmental change.

Keywords: 
Society, Environment, Sustainability, Interdisciplinary

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Sustainable Industrial Systems

Sustainable Industrial Systems is a research group at The University of Manchester led by Professor Adisa Azapagic.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Energy industry, Business engagement, carbon footprinting, Carbon

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Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing

The Group focuses on exploiting its broad expertise to address multidisciplinary measurement and signal-analysis problems in chemical, mechanical, electrical, security, and biological systems, and the building of sensor systems for users in academia, industry and healthcare.

Keywords: 
Sensors, Novel sensors, Innovation

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Sustainable Practices Research Group

If there is to be any effective response to climate change, substantially and significantly new ways of living are urgently required. There is growing recognition of the need for fresh ways of framing problems of climate change, consumption and demand, and for forms of intervention capable of catalysing entrenched habits and practices and of doing so quickly and on a big scale.  Understanding and intervening in the dynamics of social practice are central to the challenge of sustainable consumption.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Consumption, sustainable consumption, Climate change

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Textile Technology

Textiles are not just used for clothing but are regarded as platforms for innovation.

The research activities within Textiles draw on the inherent flexibility and versatility of fibres and use their chemical and physical structures to produce novel fibre-based products used in medical textiles, sportswear, air and liquid filtration, geotextiles, personal-protection clothing, and construction and packaging materials.

 

Keywords: 
Textiles

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Tyndall Centre

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The University of Manchester Aerospace Research Institute

The mission of our Institute is to gain full benefit from the University’s diverse research capability and to be internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in aerospace research and innovation.  The Institute nurtures a broad-based research portfolio and at the same time is seeking to establish a number of major research initiatives that add value to the existing research base in the University.

Keywords: 
Aerodynamics, Aerospace, Car and vehicle aerodynamics, Aero

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University of Manchester Innovation Centre

The University of Manchester has a global reputation for being at the forefront of innovative and enterprising research. The University of Manchester Innovation Centre Limited (UMIC) is a market leader in providing high quality state of the art biotech and hi-tech facilities. We provide a mixed portfolio of high specification laboratories and office space suitable for a variety of purposes. The Innovation Centre also boasts an exceptional conferencing and events facility for our professional events program in addition to onsite catering.  

Keywords: 
Innovation, Technology, Business

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University of Manchester Intellectual Property

"What Manchester does today, the world does tomorrow”… such is the popular local saying which resonates with both the cultural development of our City and the scientific and technological innovations emanating from The University of Manchester.

Keywords: 
Innovation, Business, Technology

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Upland Environments Research Unit

The Upland Environments Research unit is a group of five staff and ten research students working in the School of Geography at the University of Manchester. The groups research interests span Geomorphology, Hydrology, Palaeoecology, and Remote Sensing with a thematic focus on Upland Environments. The group has experience of working in North America, South East Asia, and Europe. A particular focus of current work are the threatened and globally distinctive uplands of the southern Pennines where the group maintains a continually monitored research catchment.

Keywords: 
Water, Geography, Environment, Soil

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water@manchester

A network to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration in water-related research across The University of Manchester and with external research, government and industry organisations.

Keywords: 
Water, Climate change, Resources

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Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery re-opens on February 14th, 2015!

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home.Yet although the Whitworth is about to open a new chapter in its history, the organisation itself has a much broader story to tell.

Keywords: 
Heritage, Heritage protection, Arts, Culture, History

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Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science

Work across the WRC aims to understand and predict the behaviour of Earth surface systems and their response to human perturbation. Our cross-disciplinary research programmes have been developed in areas including geological disposal, remediation, environment & health, climate change and nanotechnology.

Keywords: 
Geology, Climate change, Nanotechnology, Nanoscience

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Plant Stress Biology

In recent years concern has been growing about the consequences of global climate change caused by human emissions of CO2. This is predicted, in addition to causing a general warming of the planet, to cause an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events (IPCC). Periods of drought and extreme temperature (high and low) and incidents of flooding are all liable to increase. This is of particular concern because of the likely impact on food production.

Keywords: 
Plants, Plant science, Biology, Climate change, Environmental biology

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Photon Science Institute

The Photon Science Institute was established in 2005 to bring together experts from a wide range of scientific fields to foster the development of cross and multi-disciplinary collaborations and provide a dynamic and exciting culture for the progression of new ideas in photon science. The term photon science encompasses all areas where light is used in scientific endeavour — light for science.

Keywords: 
Photon science, Solar energy, Interdisciplinary

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Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology

The Quaternary environments and geoarchaeology research group was established in 2004 following the arrival of three new physical geographers at The University of Manchester. We share a common interest and passion for Earth surface system dynamics and climate change over a range of timescales.

Keywords: 
Climate, climate change adaptation, Geography

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Institute of Cancer Sciences

Keywords: 
Health

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Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is the astronomical research centre of the University of Manchester and operates MERLIN, the UK's national radio astronomy facility. Jodrell Bank is a world leader in radio astronomy-related research and technology development but also carries out research across the electromagnetic spectrum and in theoretical topics.

The Centre occupies three main locations: the world-famous Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, and the Alan Turing and Sackville St Buildings in central Manchester.

Keywords: 
Astronomy, Public engagement, Cultural venues

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energy@manchester

AKA Manchester Energy. From underpinning strategic research to the transfer of technology into the marketplace, the University of Manchester has a range of world-class activities supporting the need for solutions that can play their part in meeting the global energy challenge.

Keywords: 
Energy, Energy industry, Energy storage, Cogeneration, Interdisciplinary

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National Graphene Institute

Find out about the construction of the National Grahene Institute here.

Keywords: 
Graphene

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The Manchester Centre for Regulation, Governance and Security

There is a proud tradition of scholarship on regulation in the School of Law going back to the 1980s. Established in 2011, ManReg continues that tradition but seeks to take it in new directions.

Keywords: 
Regulation

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The Manchester Architecture Research Centre

Our mission is to rework the disciplinary boundaries of architecture and the social sciences so as to open up new areas of architectural research, create new standards of architectural pedagogy, and facilitate new ways of engaging in public debate. Launched in 2007 with an inaugural lecture by Bruno Latour, MARC has gained an international reputation as a leading centre of architectural scholarship, and has created through the years a vibrant research environment with its series of visiting speakers, symposia, workshops, exhibitions, and debates.

Keywords: 
Buildings, Built environment, Architecture

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Manchester Enterprise Centre

Based within Manchester Business School, we are recognised as a leader in enterprise education and aim to inspire, educate and develop enterprising individuals and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations.

Enterprise is a key part of the University’s vision to be, ‘an innovative institution that values and encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology to influence and advance economic development regionally, nationally and internationally.’

Keywords: 
Business, Economy, Employability

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Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

The Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (renamed the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology in Autumn 2012) was completed in 2006 and represented the first university-based, purpose-built interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the UK.

Keywords: 
Biology, Innovation, Biotechnology

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Manchester Institute of Innovation Research

The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is a centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies, which includes the overlap of innovation with science management and science policy. With over 50 full members, approximately 50 PhD researchers and a range of associated academics, MIoIR is Europe’s largest and one of the World’s leading research centres in its field. As a dedicated research centre, MIoIR is at the heart of innovation-related research in the Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester.

Keywords: 
Business, Innovation, Economy

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Manchester Organic Geochemistry Group

Keywords: 
Organic geochemistry

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Materials Performance Centre

Materials performance is fundamental to the nuclear industry in clean up and decommissioning, plant operation and life extension, as well as potential new build. The Materials Performance Centre (MPC) is the largest nuclear materials research centre in UK academia, with over 70 researchers and over £30 million research income. The MPC is a National Centre of Excellence in nuclear materials research and training.

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste, Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning

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Manchester Museum

Environmental sustainability is a major element of all aspects of the Museum’s work. As a museum with large collections of preserved natural specimens and objects from human cultures, our Mission is:

As a university museum, the Manchester Museum uses its international collection of human and natural history for enjoyment and inspiration, working with people from all backgrounds to provoke debate and reflection about the past, present and future of the earth and its inhabitants.

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Heritage, Heritage protection, Community, Public engagement

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National Grid Power Systems Research Centre

The centre has six experimental laboratories; three associated with high voltage engineering, one for dielectric materials, one for protection and control, and one for measurements and instrumentation.

The largest HV lab, the Cockcroft Laboratory, has a floor area of 500m2 and includes a 2MV impulse generator, a 800kV AC cascade resonance test set, a 600kV DC test set, a 300kV AC test set and the latest numerical control, instrumentation and monitoring system.

Keywords: 
Power system, Electric and electronics, Energy, Power electronic circuits and systems

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Nuclear Graphite

Nuclear Graphite Research is based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester and is an integral part of the cross-school Materials Performance Centre. The Group was formed with the aim of building up a strong research activity at the University of Manchester on nuclear graphite technology so as to develop expertise that can be used to provide independent advice and research to both national and international nuclear organizations and companies.

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste

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Organic Materials Innovation Centre

The Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) was one of five University Innovation Centres established by the UK government in late 2002. It received initial funding of £4.3m over five years from the Department of Trade and Industry.

OMIC helps companies innovate and grow through access to leading edge science in organic materials. These materials include bulk, specialty and engineering polymers, oligomers, surfactants, lubricating oils and active ingredients for use in applications as diverse as coatings, electronics, biomaterials, packaging, home and personal care.

Keywords: 
Business engagement

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Plant Sciences

Plants form the basis of life on Earth...

They are essential to us as food and their domestication was a primary driving factor in the birth of civilisation. Now, with the rising world population and climate change increasing the frequency of crop failures, food supply is becoming a key issue throughout the world. At the same time, plants are playing a growing role in meeting our energy needs and have enormous potential as sources of novel compounds.

Keywords: 
Plants, Plant science, Biology, Climate change

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Power Conversion

The Group focuses on advanced electrical machines and power electronic converters using the latest devices and materials, including superconductors to provide more efficient and effective electrical power conversion and control for transport and renewable energy generation, transmission, and distribution. 

Keywords: 
Power system, Electric vehicles, Smart grids

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Public Participation GIS Research Group

The main aim of the research here is to develop and test web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to enhance public involvement and participation in environmental planning and decision making.

These systems are referred to as PPGIS.

The main objective is based on the belief that by providing citizens with access to information and data in the form of maps and visualisations they can make better informed decisions about the natural and built environment around them.

Keywords: 
Geographical Information Systems, Public engagement

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Corrosion and Protection

The Corrosion and Protection Centre is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and has one of the world's largest academic base focussed on corrosion and its control.

Keywords: 
Corrosion, Aerospace, Nuclear energy

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Gene Regulation and Cellular Biotechnology

The regulated expression of genes is central to all forms of life. Our research group brings together researchers who study (1) processes central to the expression of genes (transcription, splicing and translation) and the regulatory mechanisms that control these events (modifications, interactions and localisation and (2) the impact of environmental cues and stresses on cellular functions.

Keywords: 
Biotechnology, Bioenergy, Biology

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cities@manchester

The world is primarily an urban place and so scholars, policy makers, and public debate needs to address the urbanity of human experience. Cities are often projected as sources of disorder and social problems, yet cities have always been sources of cultural creativity, transnational connection, diversity, conviviality, and motors of intellectual, economic, environmental and political transformation. 

Keywords: 
Cities, Sustainable cities, Smart cities, Built environment

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Global Urban Research Centre

Responses to climate change 

Keywords: 
Development, Climate change, Cities, Economy, Political economy

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Centre for Atmospheric Science

The Centre for Atmospheric Science studies processes important to climate change and air quality in the troposphere and lower stratosphere – the lowest 20 km of the Earth’s atmosphere. We are one of the largest such groups in UK universities, and have extensive collaborative links with leading atmospheric sciences groups world-wide.

Keywords: 
Atmospheric measurements, Atmospheric pollution, Atmospheric chemistry, Climate change

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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

We are committed to reducing our environmental impact, and are involved in the Green Impact Scheme at The University of Manchester.

 Three of the many ways we work towards reducing our carbon footprint:

  • use sustainable local food in our catering at events and meetings
  • reuse/recycle as much as possible
  • encourage sustainable travel
Keywords: 
Development, Climate change

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Centre for Excellence in Enquiry-Based Learning

The Centre for Excellence in Enquiry-Based Learning (CEEBL) was one of 74 Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs) awarded by HEFCE to promote excellence in teaching and learning in higher education.

The funding expired in June 2010 and this site is now in an archive state.

Keywords: 
sustainability teaching, Teaching, Education, Education for Sustainable Development

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The Centre for the Genetics of Ecosystem Services

The Centre brings together researchers from within the Faculty of Life Sciences with expertise in ecosystem service measurement and ecological community genetics. This fusion of expertise allows us to answer fundamental questions linking genetic variation and evolutionary processes to the functioning of biotic communities and the delivery of fundamental ecosystem services.

The Centre aims to work collaboratively with other academics, industries and government bodies to address both the fundamental science and the societal impact of ecosystem services.

Keywords: 
ecosystem services, Environment, Climate change, Environmental biology

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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Our several interconnected research areas address the social and cultural history of science, technology and medicine as they were practised and experienced. We focuses predominantly on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history, mostly in Britain, Europe and the USA, but also including Far Eastern and African science, technology and medicine.

Keywords: 
Communication, History

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Centre for Instrumentation and Analytical Science

Instrumentation and Analytical Science carries out research and development of new measurement techniques with funding from UK Research Councils, The European Commission, charities and industry.

This theme brings together a multidisciplinary team that researches new measurement techniques and develops instrumentation to carry out those measurements in areas ranging from molecular processes in living cells to chemical processes in industrial reactors.

Research areas include environmental monitoring.

Keywords: 
Environment, Instrumentation

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Cell Organisation and Dynamics

Our group brings together researchers investigating various aspects of cell organisation and dynamics. A major focus is to understand the mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis, targeting and trafficking of proteins within the cell. We also investigate membrane and cytoskeletal dynamics, intracellular ion homeostasis and the cellular processes responsible for plant growth and development. A major goal is to decipher how defects in these processes leads to disease.

Keywords: 
Biology

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Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture

Welcome to the Centre of Excellence for Biocatalysis, Biotransformations and Biocatalytic Manufacture (CoEBio3) website. The CoEBio3 is the UK’s new organisation designed to provide a world-class scientific environment in which the necessary research and development can be carried out to create new biocatalyst-based processes to meet the changing needs of industry in the next 10-20 years.

Keywords: 
Biocatalysis, Biology, Biochemistry

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Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health

The Centre forms part of the Centre for Epidemiology (CfE) and its origins date back to around 1945 when the University of Manchester established a Chair and a corresponding academic unit in Occupational Medicine. It is therefore the oldest, as well as possibly the largest, such academic centre in existence in the UK.

For further information, see: History of the group

Keywords: 
Health, Health and safety, Environment

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Centre for Process Integration

The methodologies developed allow environmentally friendly process design with the most efficient use of raw materials, energy and capital. The Centre enjoys an outstanding international reputation for the quality of its work, gained from many years of successful research and technology transfer.

Keywords: 
Energy efficiency, Design, Process engineering

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Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change

Sustainability is cultural too

How can we move towards sustainability?

Public and policy discussions are overwhelmingly dominated by economic arguments and the pursuit of technical solutions. But CRESC researchers argue that these foci are too limited. Sustainability is as much about ‘culture’ as it is about technologies or economics. But how to think about this?

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Culture, Society, Civil society

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Centre for Radiochemistry Research

The Centre for Radiochemistry Research (CRR) was established in 1999 in a partnership with BNFL. It is unique in the UK, forming a national focus for radiochemistry research, and we are primarily interested in the chemistry of the radioactive elements, particularly Tc and the transuranic elements. Our research activities link closely to many aspects of the nuclear industry, from process chemistry to decommissioning, waste management and environmental impact.

Keywords: 
Radioactivity, Environment, Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste

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Centre for Urban Policy Studies

The Centre of Urban Policy Studies (CUPS) was established in The University of Manchester by Professor Brian Robson in 1983 to develop research on urban and regional policy.

The centre now has an established reputation for:

  • policy-relevant research on the evaluation of area-based urban policy initiatives;
  • regional development;
  • spatial planning and housing;
  • and the measurement of neighbourhood dynamics.
Keywords: 
Planning, Cities

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Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology

The Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy brings together a diverse group of researchers based in the School of Environment, Education and Development. CURE focuses on the relationships between sustainability transitions in the energy, urban and environment domains. We build on the intellectual strengths and traditions of the Centre for Urban and Regional Ecology, which was active at Manchester between 2000 and 2013.

Keywords: 
Built environment, Environment, Climate change, Cities, Smart cities

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Dalton Nuclear Institute

Keywords: 
Nuclear energy, Nuclear waste, Energy, Nuclear Engineering Decommissioning

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Biophysics and Structural Biology

The Biophysics and Structural Biology research group brings together researchers interested in understanding biology at the molecular level, linking structure with function. Research in the group spans the kingdoms of life investigating the molecular basis of virus, plant, microbial, animal and human biology. It often uses an interdisciplinary approach combining the use of structural biology with advanced enzymological, spectroscopic or computational studies.

Keywords: 
Biology

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Environment and Development

Research on environment and development is rooted in critical analysis of the relationship of rural livelihoods with sustainable use and conservation of natural resources in developing countries.

This is located within a broader analysis of the political economy of management of natural resources in developing countries.

Keywords: 
Environment, Development, Sustainability, Economy

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Biorefinery Engineering

Industrial production of chemicals and fuels from sustainable feedstocks requires cost-competitive strategies for processing bio-based raw material.

Keywords: 
Bioenergy, Biofuel innovation

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Electrical Energy and Power Systems

The Group focuses on future networks, with research into the design and operation of power-system plant, transmission networks, and smart low-carbon distribution networks, and the development of HVDC expertise. 

Keywords: 
Smart grids, Electric and electronics, Power system, Power electronics, Power engineering, Energy, Energy industry, Cogeneration, Energy networks

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Biomaterials

Our group covers the development of new materials from their chemical synthesis to their medical use.

Keywords: 
Biomaterial

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Environmental Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology

Our research focuses on the characterization of mineral-water-organic matter reactions in surface and subsurface environments. By combining the techniques of microbiology and molecular biology with physical, chemical and modelling approaches, we are identifying the role that microorganisms play in key environmental processes.

Keywords: 
Environment, Geology, Chemistry, Environmental biology

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Built Environment

Research into delivering a sustainable built environment is of great importance, particularly as the duel challenges of improving energy efficiency whilst at the same time increasing resilience to climate impacts rise up the agenda.

Keywords: 
Built environment, Buildings, Environment, Architecture

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Environment, Ecology and Evolution

The Environment, Ecology and Evolution Group focuses on applied research that addresses 21st century environmental challenges. The food we eat, the water we drink and the fuel that powers our industries are all dwindling resources that we harvest from the world around us. As our populations expand and natural areas are converted to farmland and cities we lose the services that nature provided for free. Our expanding cities have become ecosystems in their own right with their own unique urban ecology.

Keywords: 
Food, Water, Environmental biology, Biology, ecosystem services, Climate change, Biodiversity

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Brooks World Poverty Institute

We are The Brooks World Poverty Institute, based at The University of Manchester. Our institute brings together one of the world’s largest collections of poverty researchers from across disciplines. We conduct research in the field, to inform solutions to end poverty.

We encourage people to think differently about poverty. Poverty isn’t only about how little money someone has. It’s also about an individual’s access to employment, how included they are in their community and how much they can be heard by the organisations mandated to help them. Poverty occurs in every country.

Keywords: 
Poverty, poverty and livelihoods, Economy, Society

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Environmental Processes Research Group

The Environmental Processes Research Group conducts pure and applied work research on the dynamics of contemporary earth surface processes. The group has expertise in geomorphology, hydrology, freshwater environmental science, remote sensing, terrain analysis and geographical information science.

Keywords: 
Environment, Geography, Geology, Climate, Water, Geographical Information Systems

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Computational and Evolutionary Biology

We are a department-sized grouping of researchers in Life Sciences who use a wide range of techniques from computational to whole organism experimental approaches in our pursuit of understanding biological systems. A main theme of our research is the use of an evolutionary perspective to inform and predict the behaviour of biological systems.

Keywords: 
Biology, Environment, Biodiversity

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Geographical Political Economy

The Geographical Political Economy research group is the longest-standing geography research group at The University of Manchester.  Members of the group share a common commitment to political economy i

Keywords: 
Political economy, Economy, Geography

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