Cities & Environment

Theme Lead: Professor Richard Kingston

Scope of Theme

Digital technologies, including sensor networks, data analytics and agile control systems, have the potential to transform cities, and the lives of those who live and work in them, by helping us better understand, plan and manage them. Working closely with Greater Manchester, we will take a broad multidisciplinary approach to address the challenges, bringing together science and engineering, behavioural psychology, social science, public policy, and social geography with expertise in health, social services and other public services. The theme includes:

  • Integrated transport
  • Building management & energy efficiency
  • Water and waste management
  • Digitally enabled public services
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Spatial analytics
  • Communities and citizen engagement 


Manchester has a strong track record of Urban research which draws on the city of Manchester’s unique place at the epicentre of industrial capitalism and the city's response to 21st century devolution -  which will potentially bring far reaching consequences for those living in Manchester and beyond.

Our Smart Cities projects integrate multiple solutions to  manage a city's systems securely including transportation systems, health, environment and more.


The Manchester Urban Institute

The Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) is home to a number of interdisciplinary research agendas and themes.

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Triangulum Project

Triangulum is a €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by The European Comission to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies.

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Spatial analysis

ICT and geographic information systems have given rise to many exciting projects. Examples of current projects include: location analytics: pinpointing the vital information, connections and patterns

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Living Lab

The University Living Lab is developing the University of Manchester campus as a site for applied teaching and research around sustainability and low carbon.

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The University of Manchester is pioneering the energy systems of the future so that we can continue to heat our homes, light our buildings and travel.

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Air Quality

The Centre for Atmospheric Science studies processes important to climate change and air quality.

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