Research institutes, centres and beacons

Our Sustainable Futures website brings together the unique depth and breadth of internationally leading research at The University of Manchester to produce integrated and truly sustainable solutions to urgent environmental challenges. Our research institutes and centres combine disciplines and capabilities to address major environmental and societal challenges. Through these we find innovative solutions for cleaner energy and more sustainable use of resources, enabling life across the globe to thrive.

We contribute research through our Royce Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (led by the Henry Royce Institute), Tyndall Manchester (part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research), Manchester Environmental Research Institute, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester Institute for Innovation Research and Policy@Manchester. Our research beacons are exemplars of how these interdisciplinary collaborations, cross-sector partnerships and pioneering discoveries benefit the environment, the economy, health, wellbeing and culture on a local, national and international scale.

Sustainability and your research

The way you undertake your research can have a significant environmental impact. As an academic at the University you are in a unique position to carry out your research in the most sustainable ways. We have created a guide on how to undertake research more sustainably at the University.

Enhance the impact of your sustainability research

You can enhance the impact of your research by applying it within our own Estate or across Greater Manchester. Attending one of our sustainability seminars to see what research is being carried out is a good place to start.The University has an Academic Lead for Environmental Sustainability who can support you in the process of enhancing your impact.

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Expand your existing research to include sustainability

Even if sustainability is not at the core of your research, or even if you have never thought about it or you are somewhere in between, there may be a way to expand your existing research to include sustainability. Some areas of the University have provided grants to encourage sustainability research. An example of this can be seen in this case study from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.

Promote and champion sustainability related research at the University

Communicating the outcomes of research that is related to sustainability is something that can inspire others. Working with the Faculty Marketing and Communication teams and the Environmental Sustainability Team we can advise on how you can do this.

You can also promote your research at one of our sustainability seminars that take place throughout the year.