Helping create sustainable cities by valuing global communities
We strive to make positive societal differences in local communities and in those located around the world, no matter how hard the challenge.
Today, 55% of the world’s population live in cities and towns. Some communities are faced with social inequality and a lack of urban resources, reduced living and outdoor space, population density, poor sanitisation, water pollution and limited access to clean water – issues that have been exacerbated by COVID-19.
Experts at The University of Manchester share their views on how cities across Brazil, China and India can be made fairer, more resilient and sustainable against the backdrop of the pandemic.
Find out how residents are impacted by urban planning and modelling decisions made without using local intel.
Our experts explore how green infrastructure, city expansion and changing landscapes, the property boom, urban borderlands, and reviewing sanitisation infrastructure affect the lives of city dwellers.
With little or no access to clean water, Mumbai’s poorer communities face a significant barrier to keeping COVID-19 at bay.
Explore the international partnerships we’re forging to deliver solutions to global challenges.
Manchester Urban Institute
Learn about how we're committed to understanding the global north and global south so that we're best placed to make positive changes.
African Cities Research Consortium
Discover how the £32 million African Cities Research Consortium fund will tackle complex problems in some of Africa’s fastest growing urban areas.
Learn how we're using digital technology to address societal issues to help make cities and the environment healthier and more sustainable.
UK’s best university for social and environmental impact
We’re the top higher education institution in the UK in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings. The rankings use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as a framework, including SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities.
Read more on how the SDGs inform our work