Cities and Environment

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.

Richard Kingston

Theme Lead

Professor Richard Kingston

Scope of Theme

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 and 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.