Societal challenges focus on real-world activities that are economically and socially important, and have the potential to be transformed by digital technology.Learn More
What We Do
Digital Futures brings together over 850 researchers from different disciplines across all three of the University’s faculties into multidisciplinary communities to tackle important research problems, build critical mass in new and emerging research areas and to work with external stakeholders to support Greater Manchester's ambitions as a leading digital city.
We bring our knowledge to bear on the great issues facing the world in the 21st century, exploring the complex interplay between scientific, engineering, social, wealth creation, and quality of life concerns. We are able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, business and communities.
Digital Futures is built around challenges and cross-cutting capabilities. Societal Challenges focus on real-world activities that are economically and socially important, building on multidisciplinary strengths within the University. Institutional Challenges focus on the potential for digital technology to transform what we do as a University and how we do it: how we conduct research, what and how we teach, and how we function as an organisation. Cross-cutting capabilities are digital frameworks, technologies and methods that are important areas of research in their own right and provide the underpinning for addressing the challenges.
The matrix below demonstrates the interactions between our Societal Challenges, Institutional Challenges and Cross-cutting Capabilities.