Sustainability database


Prof Andrew McMeekin


One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Andrew's research combines economic, sociological and management science approaches to analyse the nature of innovation processes. In particular this research focuses on the organisation of knowledge production for innovation across public and private domains and on the relationship between innovation, demand and consumption. These issues have most recently been investigated through empirical studies of biotechnology, bioinformatics, health technologies, food and the market research industry, taking an international comparative perspective.

Sustainability enthusiast?: 
Interdisciplinary themes: 



Innovation for a Sustainable Society

Achieving sustainability; food; transport; energy; combatting climate change; real world challenges; sociology; economics; management; innovation studies; cutting edge ideas and debates



SPRG comprises seven research projects and four Fellowships conducted across eight UK universities.


Sustainable Consumption

Investigating the opportunities for governments and business to stimulate the development and adoption of innovations that will reduce the environmental burden of production and consumption systems.


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.

Sustainability, corporate sustainability, Consumption, sustainable consumption


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.

Sustainability, Consumption, sustainable consumption, Climate change


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.

Interdisciplinary, sustainability teaching, Education for Sustainable Development, Education


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.

Business, Innovation, Economy