Bridging divides through research, innovation and investment
In a series of Policy@Manchester blogs, our academics address some of the policy challenges around how to level up the economy and society.
This research beacon is dedicated to advancing our understanding of the world we live in, while providing solutions to local, regional and national inequalities.
Pioneering solutions to global challenges
We're ranked among the world's leading research universities, with a record of path-breaking interdisciplinary collaborations that deliver radical solutions.
We bring together expertise across economics, politics, sociology, education, innovation and beyond to address the myriad of challenges that exist on a local, national and international scale.
Discover our range of research projects that are tackling key issues, like making the economy more productive or delivering sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration.
Our research activity on society and culture helps to plot the way forward for a more balanced economy and more equitable country.
The north-west's productivity crisis: causes, challenges and solutions
Prof Kieron Flanagan reflects on the North West Productivity Forum Green Paper on the causes of the region’s productivity gap and how it might be addressed.
Levelling up, local growth and productivity in England
Reviewing the current role of institutions and governance structures across English regions in tackling spatial inequality and low productivity.
North inequalities deepen in pandemic
Report finds northerners spent more time in lockdown, were made poorer, and suffered worse mental health than the rest of England in the pandemic's first year.
Shaping sustainable economic growth
Transformative ideas have shaped Manchester's past and we're continuing the tradition as we look towards the future.
We're establishing ourselves at the forefront of innovation and using it to shape sustainable economic growth – a key element of any levelling up agenda.
Explore the initiatives we're leading to deliver positive impacts for the environment, healthcare and more.
This investment company is dedicated to financing academic spin-outs in the UK’s fastest-growing sectors, such as advanced materials, energy and health technology.
Health Innovation Manchester
Established in 2017, this academic and scientific collective is at the forefront of transforming the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s 2.8 million citizens.
Boosting education, employment and infrastructure
As a proud Manchester institution, we're committed to investing in the people and infrastructure of our city and our wider region.
Every year we create 18,000 jobs and add more than £1.7 billion to the gross value added (GVA) of the city region.
Learn more about how we're increasing our contribution through a range of activities that boost education, skills and employment.
Advanced Machinery and Productivity Institute
AMPI, in partnership with NPL and others, will support leading-edge innovation, drive productivity, and make Rochdale and the north of England a globally competitive hub for advanced machinery.
Skills and participation
We’re supporting our local community to access higher education, skills and jobs through a range of initiatives, including The Works, our unique employment partnership.
We're partnering with leading innovators from business, science, academia and local government to deliver a fairer, greener and more productive Greater Manchester economy beyond the pandemic.
The Productivity Institute
The Productivity Institute (TPI) investigates how productivity across the whole of the UK can be enhanced to improve living standards and wellbeing.
Manchester Institute of Education
Facilitating research at the cutting-edge of theory and practice, MIE contributes to policy change while training the next generation of teachers.
Manchester Urban Institute
A leader in urban research, focusing on the global north and south, MUI champions inter-disciplinary research to realise more inclusive, sustainable cities.
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research
This centre of excellence in the field of innovation studies builds on a 50-year tradition of innovation and science studies in Manchester.
News and events
First civic university agreement signed
The five higher education institutions of Greater Manchester have launched a flagship agreement with mayor Andy Burnham.
AMBS Honorary Professor to play key role in levelling-up agenda
Former Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has been appointed by Boris Johnson to head the UK’s levelling-up taskforce.
Autumn Budget commentary
Manchester researchers discuss the main points from Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Autumn 2021 Budget, including rises to the national living wage and transport infrastructure.
Business leaders back north-west productivity plans
A Productivity Insight Paper for the north-west of England, by Manchester's Productivity Institute and its Productivity Forum, calls for acceleration of the levelling up agenda.
Widening inequalities in the North cost children's lives
Manchester academics part-author a report highlighting inequalities for children growing up in the North of England post-pandemic compared to the rest of the country.
Together, we can tackle inequalities
At Manchester, we're committed to addressing issues of social justice, whether it involves responding to the government's levelling up agenda or widening participation in our programmes.
Whatever your discipline or interest, work with us to help create a better future for communities and businesses in Greater Manchester and across the country.