Sustainability database


Dr Admos Chimhowu


My research has thus far focused on understanding processes agrarian change and social transformations in the Less Developed Countries. In my work I have sought to generate policy relevant knowledge on how changing agrarian structures transform and influence the way rural communities relate to natural resources (particularly land) and, how this relationship in turn shapes the way they make a living. Links between the rural and urban space economies also mean some of my worknecessarily looks at how changes in agrarian structures affect the flows of commodities between the two space economies. I have mostly worked on Southern Africa although I have begun to do comparative work in South Asia. 

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The overall objective of the project is to develop methods and knowledge to be applied to African cities to manage climate risks, to reduce vulnerabilities and to improve their coping capacity and resilience towards climate changes.


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.

Society, Environment, Sustainability, Interdisciplinary


Global Urban Research Centre

Responses to climate change 

Development, Climate change, Cities, Economy, Political economy


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.

Poverty, poverty and livelihoods, Economy, Society


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
Development, Climate change


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.

Environment, Development, Sustainability, Economy