The Manchester Urban Institute is governed by an inter-disciplinary team of researchers to reflect the breadth of research done within it.
James Evans, Institute Director
Professor James Evans is the Director of the Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) where he leads the ‘Smart and Sustainable Cities’ research theme. He is Professor of Geography and former Head of the Department of Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED). His research focuses on how cities learn to become smarter and more sustainable. He has published widely, with over 40 peer-reviewed papers and two authored books in the field, and his work on Urban Living Labs has been foundational across the social sciences. He led the University's involvement in Triangulum, a £25m Horizon 2020 project to establish smart districts across Europe, and the Manchester Urban Observatory, a £1m EPSRC funded initiative as part of the UKCRIC portfolio.
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Karen Lucas, Institute Deputy Director
Professor Karen Lucas is Deputy Director of MUI where she leads the ‘Transport and Mobilities’ research theme. She is Professor of Human Geography and Director of Research in the Department of Geography in SEED. Karen has 25+ years’ experience of delivering social research into practice in transport, employing a variety of mixed methods approaches to issues of mobility, accessibility and social justice. Karen is a world-leading expert on transport and social justice in the Global North and South and is currently devising a new integrated methodology for the social assessment of road projects for National Highways.
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Rachel Collie, Institute Manager
Rachel joined the University of Manchester as Institute Manager of MUI and Research Manager in GDI (the Manchester Global Development Institute) in February 2022. In addition to supporting urban scholars in elevating their research, Rachel is helping develop MUI’s research and funding strategies as well as engaging with the Institute’s stakeholders.
Rachel joined the University of Manchester as Institute Manager of the Manchester Urban Institute and Research Manager in the Global Development Institute, in February 2022. In addition to supporting Manchester urban scholars in elevating world-class research, Rachel is helping develop MUI’s research and funding strategies as well as driving the institute’s stakeholder engagement. Rachel is the point of contact for enquiries about the Institute.
Rachel’s background is in economic development and international trade advice, with a specialism in the Caribbean and Latin America. She not only has experience in research and consulting but has also coordinated multi-million-dollar bids and driven business development initiatives. Rachel obtained an MA in International Public Management (2020) from the Sciences Po, Paris. She obtained her BA in Economics and International Relations (2015) from the University of Sussex
Rachel is the point of contact for enquiries about the Institute.
The Manchester Urban Institute is governed by an inter-disciplinary team of researchers to reflect the breadth of research done through it:
- Stefan Bouzarovski
- Jeremy Carter
- Jamie Doucette
- Sarah Marie Hall
- Caitlin Henry
- Richard Kingston
- Richard Kirkham
- Nate Millington
- Joe Ravetz
- Seth Schindler
- Cristina Temenos
- Arpana Verma
- Cecilia Wong
- Albena Yaneva