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.

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The CityVerve Project

Manchester became a world leader as the UK’s first city to demonstrate the use of Internet of Things technologies at scale, to revolutionise and improve city services.

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