About us

The Spatial Policy and Analysis Laboratory provides a home for staff and students across The University of Manchester engaged with urban and regional policy research.

Established in 1983 by Professor Brian Robson, our specialist team has developed a reputation for:

  • policy-relevant research on the evaluation of area-based urban policy initiatives;
  • regional development;
  • spatial planning and housing;
  • and the measurement of neighbourhood dynamics.

Discover more about our people and latest activities.