News archive

Read about past events and activities in the Manchester Urban Institute and associated research groups.

Workshop | Urban platforms and the future city
15 February 2019
Colleagues from MUI and the Sustainable Consumption Institute are bringing together leading scholars from across the globe for a focused set of paper sessions organised around four core themes: infrastructure, governance, knowledge, and everyday life.

Double NERC success for MUI
15 February 2019
This week NERC announced awards for eight two-year research projects with two based in MUI.

Henrik Ernstson: Humanities 'spotlight on'
30 January 2019
Faculty of Humanities Spotlight On…Henrik Ernstson

Update from Arif Hasan
30 January 2019
Arif Hasan is a member of MUI's international academic advisory group

University of Manchester - University of Toronto: MUI double success!
30 January 2019
Kevin Ward and Ian Mell have both been awarded funding from the new UoM-UofT joint research fund

Round up of papers, awards and external engagement, Nov 2018 - Jan 2019
29 January 2019
Here is a selection of papers, talks and external engagement from the weeks before and since the festive break.

Call for Papers: Infrastructural futures across cities of the global north
23 January 2019
An international workshop funded by the University of Manchester, the University of Toronto and the Urban Studies Foundation

Energy Systems In Greater Manchester – Lunchtime Networking Events
3 January 2019
Could your research interests inform the decarbonisation of Greater Manchester?

Over 100 papers delivered on the theme of China’s new urban agenda.
16 November 2018
Planning experts from across the world came to Manchester to attend a conference organised by the Manchester Urban Institute on the theme of China’s new urban agenda.

Humanities profile: Cecilia Wong
16 November 2018
In the recent newsletter, the Faculty of Humanities have included a profile of Professor Cecilia Wong and asked her about the recent international conference on China and the new urban agenda.

LOOPER workshop taking place on 19 November
7 November 2018
Workshop to bring together diverse group of stakeholders to operationalise potential sustainability interventions in Ardwick.

Round up of papers, awards and external engagement, Oct - Nov 2018
30 October 2018
A selection of papers, talks and external engagement from the last two months.

Mayors, industrial strategies and the future of inclusive growth | IGAU event report
26 October 2018
The Mayors, industrial strategies and the future of inclusive growth event took place

UK2070 Commission launch - report
26 October 2018
UK2070 Commission Launch event at the House of Lords

Launch of UK2070 Commission
28 September 2018
Manchester Urban Institute are a key contributor to the UK2070 independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Lindley
21 August 2018
In our latest Staff Spotlight for the Aug-Sept newsletter, we ask Sarah Lindley about her research, career highlights and more.

Round up of papers, awards and external engagement, July - Sept 2018
10 August 2018
A selection of papers, talks and external engagement from the last two months.

MUI research reveals the benefits of energy efficiency investment
2 August 2018
Several projects at the Manchester Urban Institute are showing how improvements in the efficiency of household energy use can result in benefits for human health and well-being, economic productivity, environmental quality and urban development.

Joanne Tippett talks to the BBC about the Carbon Landscape Project
18 July 2018
Joanne appeared on BBC North West Tonight and BBC Radio Merseyside to talk about the Carbon Landscape Project.

Greater Manchester Housing Futures events
18 July 2018
Manchester Urban Institute has been supporting a network of organisers, community campaigners and progressive academics from across the progressive political spectrum.

Urban Studies Foundation International Fellow award
11 July 2018
Dr Wangui Kimari will be spending nine months at The University of Manchester.

One week to go until the 2018 Summer Institute in Urban Studies!
6 July 2018
Speakers and Participants prepare to gather in Singapore for SIUS 2018

Academic papers and external engagement, May - July 2018
13 June 2018
A selection of papers, talks and external engagement from the last two months.

Sustainability Experts Wanted!
13 June 2018
MUI's Professor James Evans is helping The University of Manchester's Sustainability Team to set up an expert group.

Seth Schindler awarded ESRC grant for new research project
8 June 2018
Seth Schindler has been awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant for a project that will look at deindustrialisation in the Global South.

Policy@Manchester appoints new Academic Co-Director
11 May 2018
Professor Francesca Gains appointed.

MUI welcomes Seth Schindler
15 May 2018
Seth Schindler joined the University in February 2018 and is now becoming established as one of GDI's Urban researchers.

Manchester-I, your urban data hub for research and teaching
1 May 2018
The Triangulum team introduce Manchester-I, a single data hub to bring together urban data from across the city and the University.

Staff Spotlight: Stefan Bouzarovski
24 April 2018
In our latest Staff Spotlight for the April-May newsletter, we ask Stefan Bouzarovski about his research, career highlights and more.

MUI at AAG Annual Meeting
8 April 2018
More than a dozen MUI colleagues will be in New Orleans for the American Association of Geographers 2018 annual meeting from 10-14 April 2018.

Greater Manchester - the UK’s first age-friendly city region
16 March 2018
Greater Manchester is the UK’s first age-friendly city region, as recognised by the World Health Organization.

The China-UK Joint Seminar on Eco-Urbanisation and Spatial Planning
15 March 2018
7 March 2018 saw this seminar take place, co-hosted by Beijing Forestry University and collaborators from The University of Manchester

Challenging urban decline narratives: enhancing community resilience
15 February 2018
Research in small towns and cities - economic challenges, resilience and sustainability

Invitation to submit papers for Triple Helix, Manchester 2018
15 February 2018
From 5-8 September 2018, Manchester will be hosting the XVI Triple Helix Conference.

MUI's first anniversary and urban books celebration
8 February 2018
MUI researchers and other

Inclusive Devolved Futures Conference - 27 March 2018
26 January 2018
The Devo Manc Hub is hosting a one-day conference on Inclusive Devolved Futures.

Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2018
16 January 2018
RGS-IBG conference: From everyday proper-politics to institutional activism: Exploring the landscapes of political resistances and mobile policy

Academic papers and external engagement, November and December 2017
12 January 2018
A summary of papers, talks and external engagement from the last two months.

Staff Spotlight: Łukasz Stanek
11 January 2018
In our latest 'staff spotlight' for the December-January newsletter, we ask Łukasz Stanek about his research, career highlights and more.

Sarah Marie Hall wins inaugural Jo Cox Prize
8 December 2017
Sarah Marie Hall honoured in tribute to campaigning MP

Lea-Catherine Szacka book award
6 December 2017
Lea-Catherine has been awarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion

Albena Yaneva delivers keynote lecture at Yale School of Architecture
29 November 2017
Albena gave her lecture at the 'Environment, Reconsidered' conference.

Cristina Temenos awarded visiting fellowship at Cemore
28 November 2017
The Centre for Mobilities Research, based at the University of Lancaster, has announced three new fellows.

Kevin Ward working with graduate students in Oslo
23 November 2017
Kevin is one of four lecturers on the Urban Transformations course

'Comics and the Latin American City: Framing Urban Communities' - First-year report
17 November 2017
The project is exploring how comics help shape identities in urban Latin America by appealing to a diverse public via print media, public art and online communities.

Policy@Manchester launches On Energy
10 November 2017
MUI colleagues contribute to Energy publication.

Architecture and/for the Environment
7 November 2017
Isabelle Doucet is one of eight researchers selected for the 'Architecture and/for the Environment research project.

Academic papers and talks, September and October 2017
27 October 2017
There simply isn't space in the October-November MUI newsletter to include a round-up of papers and talks from September and October!

Staff spotlight: Alexia Yates
26 October 2017
In our second 'Staff spotlight' for the October-November MUI Newsletter, we asked Alexia Yates, Lecturer in Modern History, about her research, career highlights and more.

MUI building global urban research links
24 October 2017
Manchester Urban Institute is strengthening relations with groups of urban researchers around the world.

Cecilia Wong becomes Fellow of Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
20 October 2017
Cecilia Wong, Professor of Spatial Planning and Director of the Spatial Policy and Analysis Lab of the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI), has become the newest Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

MARG lecture series - autumn/winter 2017
13 October 2017
Manchester Architecture Research Group have announced their lecture lineup for autumn 2017

Child Health Research Network announces Greater Manchester Devolution event
11 October 2017
Greater Manchester Devolution: The Implications and Opportunities for Child Health and Wellbeing Research will be held on Monday 20 November.

New book: Defining the Urban - interdisciplinary and professional perspectives
11 October 2017
Edited by MARG's Deljana Iossifova with Christopher N.H. Doll and Alexandros Gasparatos

Energy poverty and vulnerability: a global perspective
6 October 2017
A new edited book by Neil Simcock, Harriet Thomson, Saska Petrova and Stefan Bouzarovski was recently published by Routledge.

Professor Albena Yaneva delivered an invited lecture at the Princeton School of Architecture, USA
6 October 2017
Professor Albena Yaneva's lecture was part of the international conference REVOLUTIONIZING REVOLUTION: A Tender Guerrilla On Cis-Architecture.

Latest news round-up - 6 October 2017
6 October 2017
Catch up on recent activities, publications and projects.

Pioneering new project launches to restore industrial landscapes
3 October 2017
The project launch event took place on 28 September at the Lancashire Mining Museum.

Latest news round-up - September 2017
25 September 2017
Catch up on recent activities, publications and awards.

'Devo Matters' series: new podcasts
7 September 2017
The DevoManc Hub have released five new podcasts in the 'Devo Matters' series, exploring the devolution research that colleagues across The University of Manchester are undertaking.

Staff Spotlight: Isabelle Doucet
31 August 2017
In our first 'Staff Spotlight' for the August-September MUI Newsletter, we asked Isabelle Doucet, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism, about her research, career highlights and more.

Carbon Landscape Project Launch Event, 28 September 2017
30 August 2017
The project launch event takes place on 28 September at the Lancashire Mining Museum.

Multilingual Manchester update
29 August 2017
The Multilingual Manchester research unit hosted two public events in 2017.

Visiting Professor Bruno Latour, August-September 2017
24 August 2017
The Manchester Urban Institute is happy to welcome Professor Bruno Latour as a Simon and Hallsworth Visiting Professor 2017/18

If Devo Manc was an animal, what would it be?
16 August 2017
The Devo Manc hub has commissioned three short stories to mark the first 100 days of Greater Manchester's first mayoral term.

Ray Lucas to present papers at two international conferences
16 August 2017
Ray will be attending the World Architects Congress in South Korea and the Art and Presence conference in Denmark during September.

Isabelle Doucet contributes to 'Save | Change the City - Unbuilt Brussels #1' exhibition at the CIVA Foundation
16 August 2017
CIVA offers a unique perspective on half a century of town planning in Brussels.

Eminent social scientist to work with Manchester Urban Institute
3 August 2017
World-renowned Professor Bruno Latour has been appointed Simon and Hallsworth Visiting Professor.

Saskia Warren awarded AHRC Leadership Fellowship!
2 August 2017
Congratulations to Saskia on becoming the first SEED AHRC Leadership Fellow

University researcher joins project to bring urban stakeholders together
2 August 2017
The project, which launched last month, will address problems such as congestion, safety and pollution.

Saska Petrova: Illuminating Austerity
2 August 2017
Saska Petrova has a newly-published paper in European Urban and Regional Studies exploring the use of light in the home as an indicator of poverty.

Alexia Yates - podcast interview
2 August 2017
New Books Network podcast all about Alexia Yates' book.

Ian Mell: two new papers published on Green Infrastructure
2 August 2017
New papers on green infrastructure from Dr Ian Mell

EU World Cities Programme: MUI research part of Manchester - Adelaide proposal
28 July 2017
CityVerve and Triangulum projects part of a large collaboration proposal from Manchester City Council to Adelaide

The Future of Wigan and the Deal - Carbon Landscape workshop
28 July 2017
Joanne Tippett took RoundView to Wigan Council workshop

A round-up of MUI staff activities 17 to 21 July 2017
21 July 2017
Just a selection of the talks, workshops, conference presentations etc MUI colleagues have been busy with this week.

DevoCulture in the North project blogs
19 July 2017
Blog posts from Bob Dickinson and Yatie Aziz

Residential workshop on devolution and regional cultural policy-making
19 July 2017
Workshop organised by Abigail Gilmore and held in Hebden Bridge on 7 and 8 June 2017

Spotlight on...Dave Carter!
14 July 2017
Dave talks about challenges over the next few months, Smart Cities and more.

A round-up of MUI staff activities 26 June - 14 July 2017
14 July 2017
Just a selection of the talks, workshops, conference presentations etc MUI colleagues have been busy with since the last round-up.

New 'Devo Matters' podcast series - listen now!
11 July 2017
Brand new series of podcasts introducing the University of Manchester's devolution research.

More awards successes for MUI!
29 June 2017
CURE and Saskia Warren both on the winning side this week!

Harriet Thomson awarded ESRC Outstanding Early Career Impact award!
29 June 2017
Dr Harriet Thomson recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council.

A round-up of MUI staff activities 19 to 23 June 2017
1 June 2017
Just a selection of the activities MUI colleagues have been busy with this week.

A round-up of MUI staff activities 1 - 16 June
16 June 2017
Just a selection of the talks, workshops, conference presentations etc MUI colleagues have been busy with this month so far!

Three new papers from the EVALUATE team
1 June 2017
The team working on the EVALUATE project have published three new papers

Ray Lucas exhibiting drawings at the University of Aberdeen; part of Strathclyde celebration and Aberdeen sound installation!
1 June 2017
Exhibition of 60 of Ray's drawings at the University of Aberdeen

Well cities: implementing a wellbeing valuation toolkit for urban learning
26 May 2017
Project information now available on MUI website

University opens its doors for annual community festival
26 May 2017
11am - 3pm on Saturday 17 June

A round-up of MUI staff activities 15 to 26 May
26 May 2017
MUI colleagues' activities over the last two weeks.

Ray Lucas seminar on Graphic Anthropology at Keio University
12 May 2017
In Tokyo for Co+Labo Radovic

Sotirios Thanos presenting at the AREUEA International Conference in Amsterdam
26 May 2017
Sotirios is presenting two papers

Yaron Matras receives prestigious award
26 May 2017
British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships for 2016/17

Andreas Schulze Baing talking at the Geo Business Conference in London
19 May 2017
Andreas speaking at the Geo Business conference in London on 24 May.

News from the Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit: May 2017
19 May 2017
It has been a busy few weeks at IGAU!

Graham Haughton talk at the University of Florence
19 May 2017
Graham visited the University of Florence to talk about the rescaling of Manchester's planning and the Spatial Framework.

Launch of new research network to promote more socially inclusive transport systems in the global south
9 May 2017
The International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Communities (INTALInC) in the Institute of Transport Studies has now launched.

A round-up of MUI staff activities w/c 1 May 2017
5 May 2017
MUI activities this week

James Scorer: Comics and the Latin American City
28 April 2017
James Scorer secures Leverhulme funding for an international network on Comics and the Latin American City

MUI Director Kevin Ward - talks in April and May
21 April 2017
Kevin's activities over the next few weeks.

Dr Tom Gillespie secures a British Academy / Leverhulme Research Grant
4 April 2017
BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for 'Exploring transnational gentrifications in urban Africa: a pilot study of Accra, Ghana'

Manchester Urban Institute researchers amongst contributors to Greater Manchester mayoral policy briefing
6 April 2017
MUI researchers contribute to GM mayoral policy briefing curated by Policy@Manchester

Carbon Landscape scheme receives £2m from Heritage Lottery Fund
4 April 2017
The Carbon Landscape – Restoring Great Manchester Wetlands to the Community

Dr Colin Lorne secures an RGS-IBG grant
6 April 2017
The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) have awarded a Small Research Grant for a pilot project on Spatial Politics and the English NHS.

Over a dozen urbanists from Manchester are in Boston to talk about their research.
5 April 2017
This year's American Association of Geographers annual conference takes place in Boston between 4 and 10 April.

Ray Lucas interview on Monocle 24 radio
31 March 2017
MARG's Ray Lucas interviewed about Sensory Urbanism

Lord Blunkett talks Brexit at launch of Manchester Urban Institute
16 March 2017
Former Home Secretary Lord Blunkett has visited The University of Manchester, to speak at a launch event for the Manchester Urban Institute.

Manchester Urban Institute launches
16 February 2017
The evening of Tuesday, 7 February 2016 saw the successful external launch of the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).

Deljana Iossifova to serve as Director on Urban Studies Foundation board
26 January 2017
MARG's Deljana Iossifova has been invited to serve as a Director ('Trustee') on the Board of the Urban Studies Foundation (USF).

Łukasz Stanek to give keynote talk in Brussels
18 January 2017
MARG's Łukasz Stanek will give a keynote talk at the conference "Theory's History 196X-199X. Challenges in the Historiography of Architectural Knowledge"

MUI's Dr Jonathan Darling provides evidence in asylum accommodation inquiry
12 September 2016
Evidence from an ESRC-funded investigation into asylum accommodation and service provision presented to Home Affairs Committee

CUPS to be renamed the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory
5 December 2016
The Centre for Urban Policy Studies will become the Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory as part of the University's new Manchester Urban Institute.

Project starts promoting sustainable development in metropolitan regions of China
5 December 2016
Work has started on a three year research project on eco-urbanisation, aiming to produce a coherent framework for promoting sustainable urban development in China.

Annual Report published
3 October 2016
The SPAL Annual Report for 2015/16 is now online, highlighting our main achievements for the year.

Manchester Urban Institute plans launch events
18 November 2016
The newly established Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) is delighted to confirm two early evening launch events for 2017.

Celebrating authored and edited urban books as part of the MUI internal launch
6 December 2016
Monday 5 December 2016 saw the internal launch of the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).