The University of Manchester is advancing our understanding of the world in which we live, addressing global inequalities to improve lives.
There are pronounced inequalities across the world. While progress has been made in some countries and on some aspects of inequality, it’s still the case that food, health care, infrastructure and resources are plentiful in some areas, yet scarce in others. Far too many households struggle with low income and poor job prospects.
Across the world, men and women’s opportunities, experiences, their potential and their quality of life are shaped by unequal treatment, prejudice and discrimination due to their personal characteristics or family background.
At its most stark, this means that around 800 million people in the world will go hungry today, and 29,000 children will die from preventable health care problems.
Tackling all aspects of inequality
At The University of Manchester we’re focusing on all aspects of inequality, from poverty to social justice, from living conditions to equality in the workplace. We seek to understand our world and directly change it for the better.
There is enough food to feed everyone in the world. There is no justifiable reason why the opportunities of health and well-being should not be available to all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, educational opportunities, social class, age, sexuality, religious belief or dis/ability.
As we have done for almost two centuries, The University of Manchester is leading the way in tackling global inequalities. Bringing together some of the best academic minds in applied medicine, business, law, social sciences and the arts, we’re meeting these challenges head on, creating and sharing knowledge to alleviate and end poverty and inequalities across the globe.
With years of research in global development, health care, education, disaster management, humanitarian aid, employment and equality and diversity, we help to deliver real-world benefit.
Changing how people work and think
Our global and local partners are changing the way they work and how they govern. Our research directly influences policies which make positive changes for people living in poverty and inequality. International governmental organisations, national governments, multinational corporations, global charities and non-governmental organisations partner with us to do things differently.
For example, our insight helped Cadbury to launch its £45 million Cocoa Partnership to support cocoa farmers and their communities and to convert its range of Cadbury Dairy Milk and Green & Black’s chocolate bars to Fairtrade.
Our researchers develop evidence to influence policies that help improve the health and well-being of the most disadvantaged in society. Our strengths in the field of global health range from the professionalisation of volunteers to engagement with donors and policymakers. We’re experts in unravelling the social inequalities that stand in the way of better health care for all – our research led to a better understanding of urban health issues in cities across Europe.
Our research is helping to bring about a fairer and more just world.
Global inequalities: Research breakthroughs
Breakthrough research that delivers new ways of lifting families out of poverty.
Revolutionising the UK’s response to humanitarian crises with high quality medical responses.
Manchester Migration Month
Find out what's on at Manchester Migration Month, a series of events tackling questions about inequality, social justice, belonging and more.
Study of Indian women’s role in farming wins international prize
Manchester’s Professor Bina Agarwal has won the Balzan Prize for her “heroic” work studying women’s contributions to agriculture in India.
Expert comment: Aid workers in the line of fire
Allard Duursma of The University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute looks at acts of violence against aid workers and peacekeepers.
£7.5m grant to ensure dams promote sustainable development
An international consortium of researchers led by the University will work to improve the economic, social and environmental impact of dams.
Policy blog: Worse than zero hours contracts: work, pay and (in)equalities in the gig economy
Here we examine the rising inequalities in the ‘gig economy’ – corporations like Deliveroo, Airbnb, Uber – that employs over one million people in the UK.
Global Development Institute hosts Rising Powers conference
A number of public lectures on the role of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa in the economy take place 20–23 June.
Faculty of Humanities
Find out more about the research carried out by and in collaboration with our Faculty of Humanities.
Visit the Faculty of Humanities website
Global Health and Humanitarianism MOOC
Gain an overview of global health and humanitarianism in theory and in practice by exploring our free MOOC course (massive open online course).