Manchester Urban Institute runs a wide variety of different events and activities, and collaborates with a range of local, national and global partners.

Upcoming events

Water Research at Manchester - Water and Sustainable Development

15:00 - 16:45 05 August 2020

Manchester Environmental Research Institute will be hosting a webinar on the 5th August to showcase water-related research from across the university and discuss how water intersects with sustainable development. There will also be the opportunity for discussion, develop new collaborations and share views about how we can expand and integrate..

Pandemic-city 3.0

08:00 - 10:30 25 August 2020

The post Covid-19 urban agenda ‘from crisis to transformation’ Hosted by the South African Cities Network and University of Witwatersrand School of Governance In combination with the book launch – Deeper-City-Collective-Intelligence-and-the-Pathways-from-Smart-to-Wise The pandemic impacts and lockdown responses have sucked the life-b..

Foresight 3.0

13:00 - 14:30 04 September 2020

Many cards are up in the air with the pandemic – a ‘hyper-wicked’ problem, with deeper threat multipliers all around. How to manage such transformations, and steer from crisis to opportunity? Can we envision a next-generation practice of futures and foresight? Such a Foresight-3.0 could follow the principles of collective intelligence, b..

Deeper City-3.0

13:00 - 14:30 11 September 2020

Many cards are up in the air with the pandemic – the future of cities being one. Can we expect enclaves of safety and risk, policed by surveillance cameras and paramilitaries? Or can we realize the aspirations for clean air and social inclusion? How to turn the urban crisis towards transformation? This interactive Mind-Lab explores the po..

Eco-urban 3.0

13:00 - 14:30 02 October 2020

This is about the climate challenge, both local and global – how to get the science/tech, economics, politics, culture and psychology all working together? On one small and fragile planet, it seems the human ‘way of life’ is on a collision course with human ‘life-support’, as 8–10 billion people all try to live in material affluen..


13:00 - 20 October 2020

An interactive Mind-Lab on local empowerment, collaborative (co)-governance, and the potential for a collective local intelligence, at a time of uncertainty and disruption…. This is the agenda of the ‘Lo-co-gov-3.0?: This is more than government and smart technology, it’s about how people and organizations and public services can learn..

Food 3.0

13:00 - 14:30 20 November 2020

The global food system is the greatest single disruptor of climate and ecosystems, with growing gaps between the under-fed and over-fed. The principles of collective food intelligence can help to design global-local agri-food systems, which combine new technology with ancient wisdom, with new kinds of socio-eco-enterprises. The principles of..

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