Living Lab Projects

Wayfinding around Brunswick | S4B

Wayfinding around Brunswick – Connecting Brunswick’s Green Boulevard to Brunswick Park: A report to S4B

Enhancing children’s sense of place | S4B

Enhancing children’s sense of place through measures to address rat running: Suitable approaches for S4B

Social Media and Tackling Climate Change | Manchester Climate Change Agency

The Role of Social Media in Tackling Climate Change Strategies

Student Satisfaction of the ‘Slim’ Bin Policy | Manchester Climate Change Agency

Reporting on Student Satisfaction of the City of Manchester’s ‘Slim’ Bin Policy and its Implications for governance.

Understanding What Works - Cycling Infrastructure | MCC

Connected Public Transport | MCC

Developing a Connected Public Transport System in Greater Manchester: Issues of Integration.

Low Emission Zones | MCC

The implementation of Low Emission Zones to improve urban air quality and public health. A set of case studies and analysis of other global cities and its applicability to Manchester.

Encouraging Student Cycling Infrastructure | MCC

New Cycling Infrastructure Developments in Manchester: A success for Encouraging Student Cycling Uptake?

Connectivity of Public Transport | MCC

The Connectivity of Manchester’s Public Transport Systems

Challenges in integrating GM transport | MCC

Speedy, Safe and Smooth? A Report Assessing the Challenges faced by Manchester City Council in the Integration of Greater Manchester’s Transport System

Are Low Emission Zones the route to cleaner air? | MCC

With an increasing number of deaths linked to air pollution, introducing Low Emission Zones (LEZ) offers a potential solution to reducing emissions. This report reviews the LEZ tool for MCC.

A report to address accessibility to cycling | MCC

A report to address accessibility to cycling in Manchester - a student perspective

Cycle logistics in GM | GMCA

‘Petal to the metal’: Exploring the use of bikes as a method of delivery for Greater Manchester’s florists

Feasibility of electric freight | GMCA

The feasibility of electric freight vehicle adoption in Greater Manchester

Public awareness of climate change | GMCA

A challenge presented by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority: Public awareness of climate change in Tameside

Introducing Congestion Charging in Manchester | GMCA

Introducing Congestion Charging in Manchester. Lessons Learnt from London and Stockholm.

Economic benefits of fuel poverty | GMCA

How can alleviating fuel poverty, across all tenures (rental / owner occupied etc), in Greater Manchester, improve the economy of Greater Manchester?

Community Renewable Energy Projects | GMCA

Community Renewable Energy Projects: A Recommendation for the GMCA. Understanding the Energy Policy Context

Building Retrofit Best Practice | GMCA

This report examines the forms of retrofit within thermal insulation and how they can be applicable to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). Three case study cities are examined; Baltimore in the United States, Glasgow and Newcastle, both of which are in the United Kingdom. Each scheme of retrofit is analysed for the positive and negative elements of the project and how it can be applicable for the GMCA.

Air freight | GMCA

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have commissioned this report to
examine the challenges that changes in the air freight industry may pose to the Greater
Manchester region. Manchester Airport is the fourth largest operator of air freight in the UK
by tonnage, but with increasing growth in air traffic movements and economic expansion of
the North of England, volumes are expected to increase.

Community engagement as design strategy for bottom-up Smart Cities | FutureEverything

Community engagement as design strategy for bottom-up Smart Cities - Bottom-up approaches to Smart Cities are becoming more widely used as efficient and sustainable ways of governing cities. We argue that although there are many interlinked challenges involved in this process.

Parking reduction strategy in Manchester | Friends of the Earth

Parking reduction strategy recommendations for Manchester city centre

On-Street Parking Study of Manchester | Friends of the Earth

A Comparative On-Street Parking Study of Manchester City Centre

Economic Benefits of Cycling | Friends of the Earth

An Assessment of the Economic Benefits of Cycling

This research project aims to critically evaluate the best thinking around the economic benefits of cycling in cities, with a particular focus around health cost savings. Whilst reviewing an array of bicycle accounting techniques, the primary approach considered is WHO’s Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT), explored through two city case studies which have
previously implemented the tool; namely Glasgow and Dublin.

Sustainable Urbanisation in China | e-Forum

This report was commissioned to provide an analysis and evaluation of three different
examples of sustainable transportation in response to rapid urbanisation across China.
Methods of analysis include reviewing of academic and grey literatures and exploration
of successes and pitfalls of existing and previous projects.

China’s urban transport sector | e-Forum

Sustainability of China’s urban transport sector: a comparative case study analysis of Guiyang and Beijing

Smart City Initiatives in China | e-Forum

Cities of Tomorrow: An Assessment of Smart City Initiatives in China.

Developing guidelines for implementing urban living labs | CURE

This report focuses on ULL projects in Europe funded by the Joint Programme Initiative (JPI) Europe in order to review and analyse their obstacles, and achievements in urban sustainability, to produce broad guidelines for future ULLs.

Indian smart cities | CURE

Indian Smart Cities - a thematic approach exploring its success

Wayfinding on the Corridor | Corridor Manchester

Assessing Wayfinding and Pedestrian Routes Through the Corridor: A Healthcare Perspective

Potential socioeconomic impact of bike pools | Corridor Manchester

A Report Exploring the Potential Socioeconomic Impacts that Bike Pooling Schemes could have on Greater Manchester. Commissioned by the Corridor Manchester Partnership.

TfGM's 2040 Vision | Corridor Manchester

How can the Corridor Manchester Partnership help Transport for Greater Manchester achieve the aspirations set out in their 2040 Vision?

Assessing Wayfinding and Pedestrian Accessibility for Disabled Individuals | Corridor Manchester

Assessing Wayfinding and Pedestrian Accessibility for Disabled Individuals

The Value of the Public Realm | Corridor Manchester

Investigating a new methodology for understanding the social value of a public space on the Manchester Corridor.

Governance and leadership for transformation | Arup

An examination of how cities around the world that have managed to achieve rapid transformation to implement smart strategy: Assessing the driving factors and governance to preventative, reactive, developing and future strategy to environmental hazards.

Citizen participation in urban transformation | Arup

Greater Manchester is currently developing a digital agenda that will establish it as a global leading digital region, rivalling places like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Singapore and New York . The city hopes that by harnessing digital technologies, they will have the potential to deliver better outcomes, improve efficiencies, accelerate growth as well as increase citizen engagement. Using case studies from Amsterdam and Barcelona this report aims to help ARUP, a global engineering consultancy, by presenting approaches to improving citizen participation in Manchester through technology.

Ferranti PV System

The Ferranti building, part of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, hosts an exciting experiment which looks at the integration of domestic photovoltaic (PV) systems into energy networks.

Sustainable Communities Module

The Department of Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment, Education and Development are running a module on Sustainable Communities that makes direct use of the campus for teaching. 

Nature Discovery Garden

Researchers from the Department of Planning and Environmental Management in the School of Environment, Education and Development are working with Estates and the Manchester Museum to develop a nature discovery garden as a haven for wildlife and unusual education space.

Sackville Street Student Electronics Lab

One of the most successful Living Lab projects on the university campus is the Sackville Street Student Lab. The project is an ambitious attempt to hand over control of the lab to students for experimentation with electrics, lighting, ventilation, and ambient temperature.

Manchester Engineering Campus Developments (MECD)

Over the next 6 years, the University of Manchester is investing £300m to create a world-class engineering campus. As part of the design process, a series of consultations have been taking place between Estates, academics and consultants to ensure that the campus is also at the leading edge in furthering the University’s sustainability and low-carbon goals.

Triangulum - Creating smarter cities

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. The University 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.

Manchester Cycling Lab

The goal of the Manchester Cycling Lab is to turn Manchester into a real-life laboratory for the study of cycling. This involves working in collaboration with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and local businesses to identify the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled in order to facilitate the Velocity programme and transform Manchester into a cycling city.

Please see further information on the Manchester Cycling Lab website.

Round View

The RoundView is a project aimed at changing behaviour through community and stakeholder engagement, using hands-on tools to communicate environmental ideas in an accessible way. It emerged from Dr. Joanne Tippett’s research at The University of Manchester, involving over 50 community members and stakeholders in Manchester and over 250 staff in Tesco. 


i-trees is a unique project that aims to demonstrate the importance of trees and other types of greenery in the fight against climate change in our cities. Led by researchers in the Faculty of Life Sciences, and backed by a coalition of supporters including community forest initiative Red Rose Forest, the i-trees project monitors how trees can influence local climatic conditions in an urban setting.